Gary Butterworth produces “Washington Forum,” a 30 minute, French-language TV discussion program that is broadcast live every Thursday to eight African countries from Voice of America’s Washington, DC studios. Originally from Blackwood, NJ, Gary graduated with a BA in International Relations (topic concentration in Foreign Policy Studies and geographic focus on Europe) in 2004. He also minored in Public Communications Studies at the Newhouse School of Public Communications and completed the requirements for the Undergraduate Certificate in Contemporary Europe.
After graduating, Gary landed his first job in September as a Program Associate for USAID’s POLICY II Project, where he processed contracts for a consulting group working to improve reproductive health policy in the developing world. Gary’s real interest, though, was always in international broadcasting. At Syracuse, Gary was active in Hill TV, and he interned independently in the Persian television service of the Voice of America in Washington after his sophomore year. He eventually found his way back to VOA full-time, where he has been producing television news and features in the English, Farsi, Urdu, Dari, Pashto, and French languages since 2005.
Gary spent a semester in Strasbourg brushing up on his French and interning in the Directorate of Communications and Research of the Council of Europe. He puts the language skills and the cross-cultural skills he picked up there to use every day in Washington.
“Every morning, we have a meeting-half in English, half in French. There are only about 18 people on my team, but we represent 13 different countries, and we’re frequently discussing news from even further afield. It’s cliché, but the world really is growing more and more interconnected. Maxwell gave me the skills to both understand the world and to find my place in it.”
Gary can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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