Brian Padden is a senior news correspondent in the Voice of America News Center in Washington, D.C. He recently spent four years as the VOA’s Seoul News Bureau Chief, where he primarily covered North Korea’s accelerated nuclear buildup and its diplomatic pivot. He also worked for three years as the Jakarta Bureau Chief for VOA, where he reported on natural disasters, fragile democracies, and Islamic extremism in Southeast Asia.
But for most of his long career with VOA, Brian was based in Washington, D.C., and traveled around the world, often at a moment’s notice, to cover breaking news, such as democracy protests in Hong Kong, conflicts in Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq and Ukraine, or important events such as elections in Venezuela or the Olympics in China.
Brian was born and raised in Levittown, Pennsylvania, studied radio/TV/film at Temple University, and in 1980 joined the Peace Corps, where he spent three years working on educational television projects in Paraguay.
Following deadly confrontations between Black Lives Matter protesters and white supporters of President Donald Trump in the last week, racial tensions in America have taken center stage in the presidential campaign
In accepting the Democratic Party nomination for president on Thursday, Joe Biden set out to make President Donald Trump’s inability to contain the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. the central issue in the November election
Former Ohio Governor John Kasich, who was one of President Trump’s strongest rivals for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, is perhaps the most prominent Republican to both oppose Trump’s reelection and support Biden
While former President Barack Obama has, for the most part, refrained from publicly criticizing his successor, President Donald Trump has repeatedly attacked Obama, even without evidence, accusing him of treason
Presumptive Democratic Party presidential nominee Joe Biden has delayed announcing his pick for his vice-presidential running mate, amid speculation of internal opposition to frontrunner California Senator Kamala Harris. VOA’s Brian Padden reports that other possible choices are emerging who are reportedly seen as more of a team player than Harris, a past rival for the Democratic nomination who clashed with Biden during the primary campaign.
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