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White House Bureau Chief Steve Herman Speaking At VOA

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Steve Herman, Voice of America White House bureau chief, speaks at the National VOA Museum Wednesday, March 6.

From the West Wing to West Chester, Voice of America White House Bureau Chief Steve Herman comes home to talk about "Covering the White House and the World" at the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting on Tylersville Road Wednesday, March 6 at 7 p.m.

Herman, a Cincinnati native who attended Losantiville Elementary School, will talk about being the VOA's  White House correspondent, the Voice of America today, and the VOA's public diplomacy regarding disinformation campaigns from China and Russia. Expect to hear some stories about his trip last week to Hanoi for President Trump's summit with North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-un.

Before traveling to Vietnam, Herman appeared on WVXU's Cincinnati Edition last week with host Michael Monks and Jack Dominic, National VOA Museum of Broadcasting director.

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The VOA Bethany Station lobby.

A big Reds fan, Herman told WVXU that his family moved from here to Las Vegas in 1971. "I spent my de-formative years in Cincinnati, and my formative years in Las Vegas," he joked.

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The National VOA Museum of Broadcasting is at 8070 Tylersville Road, one mile east of I-75.

Before his White House assignment, Herman was the VOA's senior diplomatic correspondent, based at the U.S. State Department. He has spent more than a quarter of a century in Asia, including years of reporting from Tokyo and subsequently as a VOA correspondent and bureau chief in India, Korea and Thailand.  Here's a link to his VOA bio.

Herman's 7 p.m. talk is free, with donations appreciated. Reservations are required before 5 p.m. today, March 5, by emailing admin@voamuseum.org.

The program is one of a dozen 75th anniversary events for the West Chester Township's Bethany Station, 8070 Tylersville Road, which operated from 1944 to 1994. It now houses the VOA Museum which includes the VOA Bethany Station control room; the area's largest collection of Crosley products and memorabilia;  Media Heritage's Cincinnati Museum of Broadcast History with the Larry Smith puppet collection; the Gray History of Wireless antique radios; and the West Chester Amateur Radio Association's WC8VOA station.

The museum is open Saturday and Sunday 1-4 p.m. General admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children.  Museum events are listed at the VOA museum website.

John Kiesewetter joined the WVXU news team as a TV/Media blogger on July 1 2015, after nearly 30 years covering local and national broadcasting for The Cincinnati Enquirer. He’ll be posting news about Greater Cincinnati TV, radio and movies; updating your favorite former local TV/radio personalities or stars who grew up here; and breaking news about national TV, radio and media trends. You’ll also learn about Cincinnati’s rich broadcasting history.