Steve Herman is VOA's White House Bureau Chief. The veteran journalist spent more than a quarter of a century in Asia, including years of reporting from Tokyo and subsequently as a VOA correspondent and bureau chief in India, Korea and Thailand. He also served in 2016 as VOA's Senior Diplomatic Correspondent, based at the State Department.
His articles, columns and reviews have been published in numerous newspapers and magazines including the Far Eastern Economic Review, Harvard Summer Review, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Japan Quarterly, Japan Times, Popular Communications, Proceedings (U.S. Naval Institute), Radio World, Shukan Bunshun, Shukan Gendai, South China Morning Post and the Wall Street Journal.
Steve appears frequently on such networks and channels as ABC News 24 (Australia), ABC World News Weekend, ABS-CBN News (Philippines), Arirang TV, BBC, Buckmaster Show (KVOI Tucson), CBC Radio, the CBS Evening News, Channels TV (Nigeria), CNN, Euronews, John Batchelor Show (WABC New York), KNPR (Nevada Public Radio), Radio New Zealand and several cable news networks in India.
Steve was elected for five consecutive years to serve as Chairman of The Foreign Press in Japan (FPIJ), after completing a one-year term as President of the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan (FCCJ). He also served a one-year term as President of the Seoul Foreign Correspondents' Club and a two-year term as a Governor of the Overseas Press Club of America. Steve also serves as the U.S. Agency for Global Media representative on the American Foreign Service Association governing board.
More than a half century ago, a group of Puerto Ricans moved to Reading, Pennsylvania, to work the nearby mushroom fields. Since then the Latino and Hispanic population of the city itself has mushroomed — to 65% of the total. That majority-minority population is being closely watched politically because it is a key constituency in a swing state considered a must-win for both parties in next year's presidential election. VOA's White House bureau chief, Steve Herman reports from Reading.