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Lisa Curtis, Jackson Diehl Join RFE/RL’s Board of Directors

RFE/RL Board Members Lisa Curtis and Jackson Diehl
RFE/RL Board Members Lisa Curtis and Jackson Diehl

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) welcomes foreign policy expert Lisa Curtis and former Washington Post editor Jackson Diehl as new members of the company’s Board of Directors.

“Lisa and Jackson bring decades of journalism, foreign policy, and media freedom advocacy experience to the RFE/RL board,” said Karen Kornbluh, Chair of the RFE/RL Board of Directors. “Their perspectives will be invaluable as the Company confronts increasingly sophisticated disinformation and closing media spaces. Their stewardship will help us meet these challenges head on, all while staying true to our core mission to provide independent journalism to audiences hungry for the truth.”

Lisa Curtis is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Indo-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. A national security expert on U.S and Indo-Pacific policy, Curtis served for over 20 years in the U.S. government, including the Central Intelligence Agency, U.S. Department of State, the National Security Council (NSC), and Congress. At NSC, she helped develop and implement the South Asia Strategy and was a significant contributor to the Indo-Pacific Strategic Framework. She also coordinated U.S. strategy towards Central Asia and coordinated policies that improved U.S.-India diplomacy, defense, and trade.

Jackson Diehl served as the Deputy Editorial Page Editor of the Washington Post for 20 years until his retirement in August 2021. As an editorial writer, Diehl focused on foreign affairs and U.S. international relations. He started his career at the Post in 1978 as a Metro reporter, before moving to the foreign desk in 1981. He worked as a correspondent for the outlet’s Buenos Aires, Warsaw and Jerusalem bureaus until 1992 before moving into newsroom management. His accolades include the Inter-American Press Award for Interpretive Journalism in 1984, and the Bob Considine Award of the Overseas Press Club in 1989. He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for Editorial Writing in 2011 and 2013.

Curtis and Diehl join existing members of RFE/RL’s Board, including Chair Karen Kornbluh, American Purpose editor in chief and former RFE/RL President Jeff Gedmin, public relations executive Michael Kempner, PBS host Margaret Hoover, President and CEO of IREX Kristin Lord, and current RFE/RL President and CEO Jamie Fly.

About RFE/RL
RFE/RL relies on its networks of local reporters to provide accurate news and information to more than 37 million people every week in 27 languages and 23 countries where media freedom is restricted, or where a professional press has not fully developed. Its videos were viewed 7 billion times on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram/IGTV in FY2021. RFE/RL is an editorially independent media company funded by a grant from the U.S. Congress through the U.S. Agency for Global Media.


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