Patsy Widakuswara is VOA's Senior White House Correspondent where she brings over 25 years of international broadcast experience to deliver engaging, informative content to VOA's 280 million audience worldwide.
Patsy started as a radio talk show host in Jakarta in 1995 while studying international relations at Universitas Indonesia. She continued her broadcast career as a reporter and anchor at national stations ANTV and Metro TV.
She moved to the UK in 2001 after receiving the Chevening Scholarship for a masters degree in journalism from Goldsmiths College, University of London. She worked as an assistant producer on award-winning television documentaries for BBC and Channel 4 before joining VOA as anchor and senior producer at the Indonesian Service in Washington, DC, where she managed a team of political and investigative reporters.
Patsy lives with her son and their pet bearded dragon. She is an avid yogi and cook, and spends her free time volunteering for an Indonesian language institute for children and diaspora cultural events.
Seeking to draw a contrast with President Donald Trump’s approach to combating the pandemic, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden laid out plans for developing and distributing a vaccine if he wins in the November election
Pushing toward a larger Middle East strategy, US secures Bahrain as the second Gulf country normalizing relations with Israel, an outcome seen as weakening Palestinian leverage toward a two-state solution