February 1, 1999
Release No. 001-99

CONTACT: Jimmye Claire Walker
PHONE: (202) 619-4355

United States Information Agency- News Release


Washington, D.C. -- Penn Kemble will be Acting Director of the United States Information Agency beginning February 1, 1999. Mr. Kemble has been Deputy Director of the Agency since June 1993 under Director Joseph Duffey. Dr. Duffey has resigned as director to accept a position with Sylvan Learning Systems, Inc.

Mr. Kemble served from 1991 to 1993 on the Board for International Broadcasting, which for many years directed government-funded surrogate broadcasting to Central Europe and countries of the former Soviet Union. He was also a senior associate and Washington representative for Freedom House, a bipartisan human rights organization which supports democracy around the world. He was a founder of the Coalition for a Democratic Majority, co-edited The Defense Democrat, and served as chairman of the coalition's Executive Committee.

Mr. Kemble was president of Prodemca, an organization supporting democratic development in the Americas, from 1981 to 1988. From 1979 to 1981, he worked in public broadcasting as a producer and writer for WETA-TV in Washington, D.C., and from 1978 to 1979, he was a special assistant and speech writer for Senator Patrick Moynihan (D-N.Y.).

From 1969 to 1972, Mr. Kemble was chairman of Frontlash, Inc., an AFL-CIO-sponsored voter registration and political education campaign for working class and minority youth. He was also program director of the League for Industrial Democracy, with responsibility for youth and student affairs, from 1963 to 1969.

Mr. Kemble has had articles published in Commentary, The New Republic and on the op-ed pages of The New York Times and The Washington Post. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) and served on USIA's Radio Programs Advisory Council.

Mr. Kemble received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Colorado in 1962. He is married to Marie-Louise Caravatti.

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The United States Information Agency, headed by Acting Director Penn Kemble, is an independent foreign affairs agency within the executive branch that explains and supports U.S. foreign policy and national security interests abroad through a wide range of information programs. The Agency promotes mutual understanding between the United States and other countries through a series of educational and cultural exchange activities.

USIA's programs include the Voice of America, Radio and TV Martí, the WORLDNET satellite television system, the daily Washington File newswire, the Fulbright scholarship program, the International Visitor Program, the Speakers and Specialists Program, three Foreign Press Centers in the United States, and a network of overseas resource and cultural centers. The Agency has 190 posts in 141 countries.

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