Voice of America has chosen Salwa Jaafari as the new director of the Africa division of Voice of America. Jaafari, VOA’s press executive since 2015, will oversee all VOA TV, radio and web content and coverage for Africa and the Africa division staff of over 500 journalists in the United States and in the world. Jaafari was executive producer for the French-speaking news team of VOA, in charge of television programming in French-speaking Africa.
Before moving to the United States in 2011, Jaafari managed newsrooms in his native Morocco and reported throughout Africa and the Middle East. In 2006, she received the African Journalist of the Year award from CNN. In the United States before joining VOA, she worked for Agence France-Presse and Sky News Arabia.
In addition to English, Jaafari speaks French and Arabic. She holds a BA in English Linguistics and an MA in English.
“We are delighted to welcome Salwa Jaafari to the senior management ranks of VOA and are excited about the energy and focus on excellence that she will bring to the leadership of the Africa division,” said Yolanda Lόpez, acting director of VOA.
The Africa division of VOA is one of the most influential in VOA. Serving sub-Saharan Africa on radio, television and digital media, it reaches a weekly audience of nearly 70 million people.
The appointment is effective on December 19, 2021.