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 announced new sanctions Friday on Iran's central bank, calling them the most severe sanctions ever imposed on a country. But it appears that he wants to avoid military action against Tehran, in response to recent cruise missile and drone strikes against Saudi Arabia's oil facilities. White House Correspondent Patsy Widakuswara has this story.
The Washington Monument reopened to the public on Thursday after being closed for years to replace its aging elevator and security system. First lady Melania Trump attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Here's more from White House Correspondent Patsy Widakuswara.
President Donald Trump has pegged his re-election bid on the strength of the U.S. economy. Amid growing concerns of a potential slowdown, the president insists the economy is strong, at the same time he’s pushing for growth by floating another potential round of tax cuts and urging the Federal Reserve to slash interest rates further. White House Correspondent Patsy Widakuswara has this report.
The United States marked the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks with ceremonies at the crash sites in New York City, the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. In his remarks at the Pentagon, President Donald Trump praised first responders but also reignited controversy about where he was on the day of the attacks. White House Correspondent Patsy Widakuswara has this report.
U.S. President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he had fired his national security adviser John Bolton, saying that he "disagreed strongly with many" of Bolton's policy suggestions. White House Correspondent Patsy Widakuswara has the story.
Hurricane Dorian has weakened as it hits the U.S. southeastern coast Friday, lashing North Carolina, southeast Virginia and parts of New England with torrential rain, flooding and strong winds. Meanwhile, in Washington, D.C., President Donald Trump has created a potential firestorm of his own, by continuing to insist he was right when he said that Alabama was also in the storm's path earlier this week, despite evidence that it wasn't. White House Correspondent Patsy Widakuswara has the story.
The Trump administration is under scrutiny after Vice President Mike Pence stayed at a Trump resort during his official trip to Ireland. This came on the heels of the president suggesting that his resort in Miami may host the next G-7 summit. White House Correspondent Patsy Widakuswara has this report on how Trump bucks presidential tradition of not mixing personal business with the business of governing.