Text messages add fuel to impeachment inquiry

Former Special Envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker released dozens of text messages between top State Department officials handling European and Ukrainian affairs. Explore the text messages and a timeline of the impeachment inquiry.

Infographic available in English Published in October 2019

Shoura: An experiment in reconciliation in post-Islamic State Iraq

A new documentary from VOA News explores a town torn between victims of Islamic State and families of IS members, and coming to terms with the past.

Story available in English Published in August 2019

How (historically) presidential are the candidates?

The Democratic candidates running for president have a range of experiences. Here's how the candidates’ experiences stack up against U.S. presidents throughout history.

Infographic available in English Published in August 2019

The Worth of a Girl: The cost of child marriage around the world

What does a child bride bring to a marriage — a dowry, social status, domestic labor, business connections? What is her value to two families, the one she leaves and the one she joins? And what is the cost to the girl? Watch videos of girls around the world describing their experiences and explore maps showing how common child marriage is.

Collection available in English, Russian, Kurdish (RTL), Kurdish (LTR) Published in July 2019

A guide to the Democratic candidates running in 2020

The next U.S. presidential election isn't until November 2020, but there is already a fast-growing field of Democrats eager to contend for their party’s presidential nomination next year. Here is a list of those who have formally entered the race for the White House.

Infographic available in English Published in March 2019

After Parkland: A 5-part documentary series

On Valentine's Day 2018, an expelled student walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., and opened fire with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle. Fourteen teenagers and three coaches died. Parkland students and parents decided school shootings must end. They channeled grief into action, launching a campaign to halt school violence. America's gun-rights activists responded in a ringing national debate.

Collection available in English Published in February 2019

The Mueller Probe | Key events in the Russia investigation

Robert Mueller’s investigation has turned up extensive evidence of Russian meddling during the 2016 presidential campaign. Filter a timeline of key events, and explore how the indictments suggest a possible connection between Trump campaign associates and Russian interference.

Infographic available in English, Spanish Published in December 2018

More Muslims Running (and Winning) in US Elections

In the 2018 midterm elections Muslim Americans saw an opportunity to push back against anti-Muslim rhetoric and discrimination— and they seized it. Now, the first two Muslim women ever are headed to Congress.

Infographic available in English Published in November 2018

At War With Poachers

Journalists from VOA’s Africa Division and Mandarin Service examine poaching in Africa, the multinational criminal syndicates behind it, and the efforts to reduce demand for tusks and horns in Asian countries where they are sold. Featuring three documentaries, and a graphic novel based on interviews with a smuggler and a former poacher.

Collection available in English, Chinese Published in August 2018

The Damage Done: Living America’s Opioid Nightmare

The U.S. opioid epidemic rages on. The latest official estimates say 72,000 people died from drug overdoses in 2017. Most of the toll – two-thirds – involves pain pills, heroin, and the potent synthetic opioid fentanyl. This series follows Americans in three cities – Miami, Philadelphia, and Nashville, N.C. – where lives and neighborhoods have been transformed by drug abuse.

Story available in English Published in August 2018

Cambodia Adrift: Election 2018

Having dissolved the main opposition party, Cambodia’s ruling party faces certain victory in a July 29 national election even as its crackdown on dissent continues. This multipart series features profiles of voters, politicians and the communities looking ahead to the election.

Collection available in English, Khmer Published in July 2018

Stories of the Displaced from Around the World

Explore a map highlighting VOA’s coverage of refugees around the world.

Infographic available in English Published in June 2018

How Western DRC’s Ebola Outbreak Was Contained

The Ebola outbreak in Congo has been closely tracked and, so far, well-contained, in stark contrast to the 2014 West Africa outbreak that killed thousands of people.

Story available in English, French, Kinyarwanda, Swahili Published in June 2018

Treated Like Trash: The Death of Mouctar Diallo

Mouctar Diallo came to New York City from Guinea seeking a life “for the better.” Then he entered the bruising world of Sanitation Salvage.

Story available in English Published in June 2018

Ukrainian Embroidery Embraces the World

Photos of Ukrainians and friends of Ukraine in traditional embroidery.

Infographic available in Ukrainian Published in May 2018

The Dragon’s Reach: Tracking China’s Economic Power Play

China is investing more than $1 trillion in roads, bridges, railways, ports, and power plants in more than 70 countries — a bold strategy to steer global commerce its way and reclaim its Silk Road heritage. Produced in partnership with RFE/RL, RFA, Martí Noticias and Alhurra.

Collection available in English Published in May 2018

Unrest: Ethiopia at a Crossroads

Ethiopia has a new prime minister and a reshuffled cabinet. It’s closed a notorious prison and released high-profile prisoners. Will deeper changes follow, or is it business as usual for the country’s powerful ruling coalition?

Story available in English, Afaan Oromoo Published in April 2018

Kansas Millennials Rising

Six teenagers from across the political spectrum are running for governor of Kansas. Listen to them describe their hopes and motivations for running.

Story available in English Published in March 2018

Wedded to ISIS

When Raqqa, the Islamic State stronghold, began to fall, some devoted to the cause fled, trying to distance themselves from ISIS. Among them is Aysha, who married an ISIS fighter. Here is her story told in graphic novel format.

Story available in English Published in March 2018

Greenland is Melting

The front lines of climate change run through the rapidly warming Arctic. Meet the scientists looking for clues of what to expect from a warming world.

Collection available in English Published in January 2018

Beyond the Unicorn

Over 70% of Silicon Valley founders come from outside the United States; yet, only a fraction are from Africa.

Infographic available in English Published in January 2018

Immigration: 2017 Year in Review

From the travel ban to DACA to the scaling back of refugee admissions, there were big changes in U.S. immigration policy this year.

Collection available in English Published in December 2017

Zimbabwe in Transition

In November 2017, an unprecedented series of events changed the course of Zimbabwe’s history leading to longtime leader Robert Mugabe ceding power at 93. What happens next will depend on a complex web of connections that has given Zimbabwe its first new leader in 37 years.

Story available in English, Ndebele Published in November 2017

Terror on Trial: The Imam’s Choice

How a Milwaukee cleric’s advice changed the course of an FBI sting.

Story available in English, Turkish, Uzbek Published in November 2017

Boko Haram: Journey from Evil

Despite being mired in conflict and nearly a decade of suffering, not all is lost in Nigeria.

Infographic available in English, French, Hausa Published in November 2017

Off Line: Digital Divide in Rural America

Decades ago, electrification transformed rural America. Could high-speed internet do the same for rural communities in Nebraska today?

Story available in English Published in September 2017

Boston Rally Organizer was Unprepared for Opposition Demonstration

Free speech activist tells VOA deadly Charlottesville events threw everything into chaos

Story available in English Published in August 2017

Trinh Vinh Binh vs. The Government of Vietnam

A Vietnamese-Dutch millionaire is suing the Vietnamese government for seizing his properties in the 1990s.

Collection available in Vietnamese Published in August 2017

What happens when POTUS calls a foreign leader?

There have been a series of embarrassing leaks of private conversations between President Trump and foreign leaders. Here's a graphic explaining how phone calls between POTUS and foreign leaders have traditionally been handled and kept private.

Infographic available in English Published in August 2017

Millennial Shades of Red

For generations, rural Americans have moved to the city. We spoke with young adults bucking that trend.

Story available in English Published in August 2017

Putting the Brakes on Immigration

The Trump administration has acted aggressively on the President's signature campaign promise, cutting back on immigration in the name of national security. This timeline documents how illegal immigrants have been rounded up in greater numbers, visas have been curtailed and a border wall is in the works.

Infographic available in English Published in August 2017

Salafism in Bosnia

VOA analyzes problems caused by radicalization of traditionally peaceful Bosnian Muslims in this largely secular society.

Story available in Bosnian Published in June 2017

Mosul: What's Next After the Islamic State?

Will the Iraqi government do any better in the aftermath of victory than its foes, or will another extremist force – be it tribal, ethnic, or sectarian – once again gain the upper hand. This collection of stories profiles the people who lived under the Islamic State, the battle to reclaim Mosul and looks ahead to the future.

Collection available in English, Indonesian, Mandarin, Turkish Published in June 2017

Off the Highway: Voices from small town and rural America

VOA reporters traveled to a stretch of rural counties along the upper Mississippi River that switched from supporting Democrat Barack Obama in 2012 to backing Republican Donald Trump in 2016. They spoke to farmers and carpenters, factory workers and retirees in these working and middle class communities.

Collection available in English, Albanian, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Khmer, Pashto, Russian, Swahili, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese, Urdu, Uzbek Published in May 2017

President Trump's Potential Conflicts of Interest

Several potential conflicts have surfaced since President Trump’s inauguration. Prominent examples – and the White House rebuttals – are summarized in this interactive map.

Infographic available in English Published in April 2017

Hunger Across Africa: How drought and conflict have put millions on the verge of famine

This project highlights VOA reporting from across the continent and features original analysis, graphics and videos about the ongoing crisis in Nigeria, South Sudan and Somalia.

Collection available in English Published in April 2017

Internet Freedom Project

The internet crackles with potential. But in many countries, online freedoms are stifled by state censorship, surveillance, disinformation and economic inequality. This collection brings together reports from China, Russia, Cuba, Somalia and the Middle East, showing how the struggle for internet freedom plays out in the lives of ordinary citizens. Produced in partnership with RFE/RL, RFA, Martí Noticias and Alhurra.

Collection available in English Published in March 2017

Cultivating Hatred, Breeding Violence

In Nigeria's Kaduna state, conflicts between Christian farmers and Muslim cattle herders fuels deadly attacks

Story available in English Published in February 2017

Boko Haram: Terror Unmasked

Boko Haram is known for secrecy and carefully hides the identities of members and their whereabouts. VOA obtained 18 hours of uncut videos in which the group recorded scenes of its own brutality. The images testify to the devastating suffering Nigerians endured under the terrorist organization.

Collection available in English, French, Hausa, Indonesian, Somali, Swahili Published in February 2017


The Frozen Conflict

Story available in English, Urdu Published in January 2017

VOA Inauguration Experience Map

What was it like to attend President Trump's inauguration? Experience it by following our interactive map! #voainaug

Infographic available in English Published in January 2017

Addressing America: Comparing presidential inaugural addresses

On Inauguration Day, the newly sworn-in president delivers a speech outlining his intentions during his term in office. With this interactive graphic, explore the history of U.S. presidential inaugural addresses, compare how frequently specific words are used, and look for trends in the language.

Infographic available in English Published in January 2017

On the Edge of Islamic State

VOA goes inside Mosul to reveal the world IS built as it comes crashing down.

Story available in English Published in January 2017

Great Expectations, Tempered by Reality

President Barack Obama began his first term in 2009 with the Nobel Peace Prize for his support of multilateral diplomacy, nuclear disarmament and combating climate change. Can President-elect Donald Trump roll back some of Obama’s key accomplishments?

Story available in English Published in January 2017

The South China Sea: Conflict and Diplomacy on the High Seas

One-third of global maritime traffic. An estimated $5 trillion in annual trade. Six claimant nations. One body of water. And that’s just on the surface. This project features original analysis, reporting, maps and timelines detailing the rival claims to the South China Sea.

Collection available in English, Cantonese, Indonesian, Khmer, Lao, Mandarin, Vietnamese Published in December 2016

Ebola: Return of the Global Fear

The epidemic that spread in West Africa from 2013-2016 is the most severe since the Ebola virus was first identified in 1976.

Story available in French Published in December 2016

Flint in Crisis

Residents of Flint have had no access to drinking water for three years since the discovery of lead poisoning.

Story available in French Published in December 2016

Descent into Jihad

A young Turk’s transformation from astronomer to Islamic State fighter

Story available in English, Albanian, Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Bosnian, Chinese, Dari, Farsi, Georgian, Hausa, Indonesian, Khmer, Kurmanji Kurdish, Macedonian, Pashto, Russian, Somali, Sorani Kurdish, Spanish, Turkish, Urdu, Uzbek Published in December 2016

Voices from Ferguson

Two years after a white police officer shot and killed an unarmed black man, a shattered Missouri community struggles to come together

Collection available in English Published in December 2016

Sun, Sea and Smack

Kenya battles heroin use at the coast

Story available in English Published in October 2016

Legacy of Leadership: Comparing U.S. presidential demographics

Over the past 227 years, most U.S. presidents have been white, male, and Protestant. Filter and sort the U.S. presidents by party, age, race, gender, religion and facial hair.

Infographic available in English, Cantonese, Indonesian, Khmer, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese Published in October 2016

Changing map of U.S. politics

A state-by-state look at U.S. Presidential election results from George Washington to Donald Trump. Explore how political parties rise and fall through the centuries.

Infographic available in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Indonesian, Lao, Spanish, Vietnamese Published in October 2016

America's newest voters: In a pivotal election, an earnest obligation

Every U.S. presidential election provides an opportunity for millions of newly eligible voters to make their voices count. This collection presents six first-time voters from across the political spectrum explaining how they'll make their choice.

Collection available in English Published in October 2016

The Young Kurds

A generation of refugees comes of political age in the American South.

Story available in English Published in October 2016

Cartoonists' Paradise

Trump, Clinton give plenty of fodder for political cartoonists in the US and around the world

Story available in English Published in September 2016

Children of the Revolution

The violence of Egypt's Arab Spring cut across political and religious lines. So did the grief.

Story available in English Published in August 2016

Fleeing Mosul

A humanitarian nightmare looms as hundreds of thousands are set to escape an offensive against Islamic State

Story available in English Published in August 2016

Olympic Flags Game

How many Olympic flags can you identify?

Infographic available in English Published in August 2016

Rescue Task Force

In Maryland, first responders prepare for a day they hope never comes: the call to respond to an active shooter situation

Story available in English Published in July 2016

White Men in the Woods

On a spring weekend in central Tennessee, residents talk Trump while a group of suit-wearing white separatists meets in a forest.

Story available in English Published in June 2016

One Year After Unrest, Baltimore Looks For Progress

The arrest and death of 25-year old Freddie Gray, an African American man who suffered fatal injuries while in police custody, sparked some of the worst violence since the 1960's. The unrest exposed some of Baltimore's social and economic hardships.

Story available in English Published in April 2016

Middle East Meets Northeast

After a century in New England, the country's first Arab families keep tradition and faith close to home.

Story available in English Published in April 2016

Unlocking Potential

Criminal justice reform advocates help released prisoners stay out of jail by giving them the keys to build successful lives.

Story available in English Published in April 2016

Adrift: The Invisible African Diaspora

About 130,000 Africans tried to reach Europe, through Libya to Italy in 2015 alone to escape poverty. Follow their deadly journey.

Story available in English, Afaan Oromoo, Amharic, French, Hausa, Somali, Swahili, Tigrigna Published in February 2016

Born to Play: A Refugee Soccer Team Grows in the American Desert

All Over the Map, Part 2: Children of refugees from around the world seek sanctuary in the most unlikely place: a soccer field in Phoenix, Arizona.

Story available in English Published in January 2016

The U.S. Expands West

In 1801, the United States was very young and much smaller. The Louisiana Purchase, Meriwether Lewis, and William Clark helped the United States expand its territory.

Story available in Learning English Published in December 2015

Half a World Away, Vietnamese Build Lives on the American Bayou

All Over the Map, Part 1: Generations of Vietnamese refugees, who have built their lives on the Gulf of Mexico, question their future as the shrimping industry struggles.

Story available in English, Khmer, Vietnamese Published in December 2015

How Long Have Africa's Presidents Held Office?

Africa has some of the world’s longest-serving heads of state. This interactive map and chart explores how long each sitting president has held power.

Infographic available in English, French, Swahili Published in November 2015

A Single Step

Journeys of Women Leaders.

Video available in English Published in September 2015

In Their Own Voices: The Latest Afghan Diaspora

United Nations data say nearly 80,000 Afghans are now officially seeking asylum in Europe — the highest rate in 20 years. These are just a few of their stories.

Story available in English, Dari, Pashto Published in September 2015

Voting Rights Act at 50

Legislation safeguarding minorities’ election rights has changed country, but some see protections eroding.

Collection available in English Published in August 2015

The Making of the Constitution

Washington himself wrote that the Constitution gave the central government enough power to be effective, but not too much to be oppressive.

Story available in Learning English Published in July 2015

Aircraft Weapons Released in Afghanistan 2010-2015

Charts showing munitions expended over five years in Afghanistan by aircraft and number of casualties resulting from aerial operations, as cataloged by UNAMA.

Infographic available in Dari, Pashto Published in July 2015

Atonement on the Tigris

A century later, Armenians, Kurds and Turks move forward from a tormented past.

Story available in English, Turkish Published in April 2015

Water's Edge: A Shrinking River Threatens the U.S. Southwest

Water levels of Lake Mead and parts of the Colorado river are dropping significantly, and VOA looks into how local officials are trying to save the water.

Story available in English Published in February 2015

Circumventing Censorship: An Internet primer for healthy web habits

Online freedoms can be stifled by state censorship, surveillance and disinformation. This VOA special report uses comic book introductions to explain the tools and techniques to help circumvent online threats.

Collection available in English, Chinese, Persian, Russian, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese Published in December 2014

In Central African Republic, Diamonds Fuel A Cycle of Violence and Poverty

The riches of the earth have been the boon and the bane of CAR for decades. Now they may also be leading to its disintegration.

Story available in English, French Published in December 2014

Ferguson Grand Jury Documents

Interview and grand jury transcripts, autopsy reports and other evidence released by officials of St. Louis County.

Infographic available in English Published in November 2014

Why He Chose To Leave This Good Land?

Islamic State beckons and Somali Americans again struggle with radicalization.

Story available in English, Somali Published in November 2014

In The Home of Peace, A Siege of Fear

Carnage and mayhem are part of the fabric of daily life in northern Nigeria, the result of a campaign of terror by the Islamist group Boko Haram.

Story available in English, Hausa Published in August 2014

The Flying Greek: A Greek Odyssey and an American Dream

Colonel Steve Pisanos, a 95-year-old retired United States Air Force fighter pilot dreamed of flying most of his life.

Story available in English, Greek Published in July 2014