Patsy Widakuswara is VOA's Senior White House Correspondent. She joined Voice of America in March 2003. With over 20 years experience in international broadcast journalism, she currently reports via multi-media platforms from the White House where she focuses on delivering informative, engaging U.S. content to an international audience.
Prior to her post in the White House, Widakuswara was senior producer and anchor for VOA’s Indonesian Service where she supervised development and production of news and current affairs programs. She anchored a number of shows and served as VOA Indonesian’s lead reporter for breaking news and major events, as well as their main producer for long-format investigative pieces.
Patsy started her media career in 1995 as a radio journalist for a leading station in Jakarta and anchor for ANTV. Later she was hired by Indonesia’s first news station, Metro TV, as reporter and anchor. Prior to joining VOA, she lived in London and worked as assistant producer on documentaries for BBC Current Affairs and Channel 4.
Patsy holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations specializing in Asia-Pacific security issues from Universitas Indonesia. In 1998 Patsy co-founded the first college level debate society in Indonesia and won numerous international debating championship titles. In 2001 she was awarded the Chevening Scholarship by the British government and obtained a Master of Arts in TV Journalism from Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Patsy lives in Silver Spring, MD and spends her time between covering the White House, her son and volunteering for immigrant organizations including helping run an Indonesian language institute for diaspora children. She is an avid yogi and cook, and she loves making "political bentos" to teach her son about current affairs through his lunch boxes.
U.S. President Donald Trump hosted a Social Media Summit Thursday, inviting conservative media, pundits, think tanks and social media influencers. Trump claims that conservative views are being censored online, by platforms including Twitter, Google and Facebook — tech-giants who were not invited to the summit. White House Correspondent Patsy Widakuswara has the story.
Ivanka Trump, daughter and adviser to the president, has been the subject of criticism and ridicule after her prominent involvement during President Donald Trump's visit to Asia last week. Many are questioning her competence to be in such high-profile events, accusing the administration of harming the country's interest through nepotism, as well as wondering whether the president is grooming his daughter for a bigger role in the future. White House correspondent Patsy Widakuswara has more.
America’s annual Independence Day is celebrated a bit differently in Washington, D.C., this year, with a display of military might and a speech about patriotism by U.S. President Donald Trump. The event draws Trump supporters, as well as protesters who accuse the president of politicizing a nonpartisan holiday and wasting taxpayer money. White House Correspondent Patsy Widakuswara has the story.
Upon returning from the G-20 summit, U.S. President Trump claimed foreign policy victory, saying that "much was accomplished." But what exactly was achieved during the three-day trip? White House Correspondent Patsy Widakuswara unpacks the president's whirlwind trip to Osaka and Seoul.
[[Palestinians are protesting an economic initiative being launched by the White House to generate $50 billion in investments in the Palestinian territories and neighboring Arab states. The initiative, unveiled at a conference in Bahrain, is part of a U.S. Middle East peace plan heralded by U.S. President Donald Trump as the “Deal of the Century." But Palestinians insist that an economic vision cannot happen without a political settlement. Patsy Widakuswara has this report from the White House.