John Lippman – Deputy Director for Programming – Voice of America

John Lippman is Deputy Director for Programming at the Voice of America, the U.S. government’s largest international media organization, where he works with journalists supplying content in more than 45 languages to countries around the world.  He was executive producer of Displaced, an award-winning VOA documentary about the plight of Rohingya refugees targeted by the government of Myanmar in what the United Nations has termed “genocide.”

Prior to joining VOA, Mr. Lippman served in a succession of progressively responsible positions in U.S. government international media, including acting Director of the Office of Performance Review (VOA’s internal consulting arm) and acting General Manager of the Office of Cuba Broadcasting and its Radio and TV Marti stations.  He entered government service in 2009, following a successful career in U.S. commercial television news. 

He spent 14 years as Senior Vice President of News and Operations for Univision Television Group, the largest Spanish language media company in the U.S., where he directed all non-sales activities (including news, production, and marketing) of Univision’s television stations and their websites.  Before Univision, he served as News Director at three English language TV stations in the U.S., including KCBS-TV in Los Angeles. 

Mr. Lippman is a graduate of Dartmouth College and completed news and media management courses at Harvard, Notre Dame, and Wharton.  His first job was as a broadcast engineer (he holds a FCC General Class/First Class broadcast license).  His second language is Spanish.