Joan Mower, Adjunct Faculty

Joan Mower, M.A., is the director of development and international media training at the Voice of America (VOA), the largest U.S. international broadcaster. She develops special broadcasting and training projects around the world, focusing primarily on Africa and Southeast Asia. She previously headed public affairs at the VOA and at the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), its parent agency. In 2007-2008, she worked at the Department of State, handling public affairs on Sudan and Darfur. She joined the U.S. international broadcasting agency in 2002 after serving as the director of international programs/Africa and Latin America at The Freedom Forum/Newseum. At the foundation, she promoted press freedom, working with journalists, governments and the private sector. She is also a former Foreign Service Officer.

Mower began her career as a journalist with UPI. In Washington, she worked for the Associated Press, covering the State Department, Congress and the White House. She graduated from the University of California/Berkeley with a degree in political science, and she holds an M.A. in African Studies from Johns Hopkins SAIS.  She teaches International Public Relations and Public Diplomacy.