Steven L Herman is the White House Bureau Chief for the Voice of America. During the Trump administration, he has been a regular participant in the White House press pooling system, questioning the president in the Oval Office, on Air Force One and at overseas news conferences. Steve has traveled with the president to a dozen states and 16 countries.
The veteran journalist 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, South Korea and Thailand. He also served in 2016 as VOA's Senior Diplomatic Correspondent, based at the State Department.
Among the major news stories Steve has covered on scene over the decades include the MGM Grand Hotel fire (1980), Squeaky Fromme's prison escape (1987), the Kobe Earthquake (1995), the Tokyo subway sarin attack (1995), the handover of Hong Kong (1997), the end of the Sri Lanka civil war (2009), the Fukushima nuclear disaster (2011), Typhoon Haiyan (2013), the Erawan Shrine bombing (2015) and the Gorkha earthquake (2015).
Steve has reported from dozens of other countries and territories, including Afghanistan, Argentina, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, Cambodia, China, Colombia, England, Fiji, Finland, the Gaza Strip, Guam, Israel, Kashmir, Kyrgyzstan, Macau, Mexico, Morocco, North Korea, New Zealand, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Saipan, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Taiwan, Ukraine and Vietnam.
Steve is one of the most active White House correspondents on social media with more than 94,000 followers on Twitter and 144,000 on LinkedIn.
Steve appears frequently on such networks and channels as ABC News 24 (Australia), ABC World News Weekend, ABS-CBN News (Philippines), Arirang TV, BBC, Buckmaster Show (KVOI Tucson), CBC Radio, the CBS Evening News, Channels TV (Nigeria), CNN, Euronews, eNCA (South Africa), e.tv News (South Africa), Fox News, John Batchelor Show (WABC New York), KBS Radio (Korea), KNPR (Nevada Public Radio), Radio New Zealand, RTHK Radio 3, tbs Efm (Seoul), TRT World (Turkey) and several cable news networks in India, including CNBC TV18, Doordarshan, India Today, NewsX, Republic TV, Times Now and World Is One News.
His articles, columns and reviews have been published in numerous newspapers and magazines including the Far Eastern Economic Review, Harvard Summer Review, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Japan Quarterly, Japan Times, Popular Communications, Proceedings (U.S. Naval Institute), Radio World, Shukan Bunshun, Shukan Gendai, South China Morning Post and the Wall Street Journal.
Steve has given presentations on such subjects as geo-politics, news literacy and reporting at numerous universities, media organizations and other institutions, including in Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and the United States.
In addition to years of reporting for AP, Steve's career has also included stints as a media executive, launching in Japan Discovery Channel and Animal Planet, and then becoming a senior vice president at PCCW Japan.
Steve is a life member of the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan, of which he was elected president for the 1997-98 term. He also served as president of the Seoul Foreign Correspondents' Club and the Japan-America Club of The American University.
Currently, Steve serves on the board of governors of the American Foreign Service Association and is vice president for broadcast of the DC chapter of Asian-American Journalists Association. He is also a life member of the Quarter Century Wireless Association and a member of the American Radio Relay League and the White House Historical Association.
A native of Cincinnati who began his media career in Las Vegas before moving to Asia, Steve currently resides in a historic hamlet in northern Virginia.
Steve was elected for five consecutive years to serve as Chairman of The Foreign Press in Japan after completing a one-year term as President of the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan. He also served a one-year term as President of the Seoul Foreign Correspondents' Club and a two-year term as a Governor of the Overseas Press Club of America. Steve also serves as the U.S. Agency for Global Media representative on the American Foreign Service Association governing board.
Steve is also a member of the Asian American Journalists Association, the National Press Club, the Society of Professional Journalists, the South Asian Journalists Association, the White House Correspondents Association and the White House Historical Association.