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.
After a meeting in Washington this week, the foreign ministers of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan committed to reach an agreement over the disputed Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam by next January. Before the meeting, the foreign ministers met President Donald Trump at the White House. Trump has taken an interest in the conflict after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi asked him to mediate. White House correspondent Patsy Widakuswara has this story.
U.S. President Donald Trump’s attended two fundraisers this week, raking in millions of dollars for the Trump 2020 and House Republican campaigns. The events, both held at Trump’s own properties in Washington and Chicago are drawing continued scrutiny and charges of ethics violations that the president brushes aside. White House Correspondent Patsy Widakuswara has this report.