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Tomlinson on Voice of America coverage of Pope John Paul II

Ken Tomlinson and Ted Lipien with Pope John Paul II

    Former Voice of America (VOA) director and former Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) Chairman Ken Tomlinson, who died recently, told Voice of America two years ago that his most memorable moment at VOA was to visit the Polish Service and help arrange extensive news coverage of Pope John Paul II’s visit to Poland when the country was still ... Read More »

Lech Walesa’s Nov. 15, 1989 speech in Congress was broadcast jointly by Voice of America and Polish Radio

President Bush meets privately with Solidarity Leader Lech Walesa of Poland in the residence, 11/14/1989

Photograph of President George H.W. Bush and Lech Wałęsa was taken a day before Solidarity leader’s historic speech to the joint session of the United States Congress on November 15, 1989. The historic speech delivered on November 15, 1989 by Solidarity leader Lech Wałęsa to the joint session of the United States Congress was broadcast to Poland in a joint ... Read More »

We are condemned to reach an agreement in Poland, Walesa told VOA Polish Service in 1987

Lech Wałęsa in August 1980

Poland’s communist regime organized a referendum on political and economic reforms, which was held on 29 November 1987. Around a third of eligible voters did not participate, defying the regime. It was the first time that Communist authorities in Eastern Europe had lost a vote. I covered the referendum for the Voice of America (VOA) Polish Service. After the vote, ... Read More »

Lech Walesa on Importance of Voice of America in Poland’s Struggle for Freedom and Democracy

President George H. W. Bush with Poland’s Lech Wałęsa (center) and First Lady Barbara Bush in Warsaw, July 1989. White House photo by David Valdez.

“Nie wyobrażalne jest by mogło to mieć miejsce tak szybko i tak skutecznie gdyby nie Głos Ameryki.” — Lech Wałęsa, 2002. “It is not conceivable that it would have happened so quickly and so effectively if not for the Voice of America.” — Lech Wałęsa, 2002. October 5, 2013 will mark the 30th anniversary of the Nobel Committee announcement that ... Read More »

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