Steven L Herman is the White House Bureau Chief for the Voice of America.
During the Donald Trump administration, Steve was a regular participant in the White House media pooling system, questioning the president in the Oval Office, in the briefing room, on the South Lawn and airport tarmacs, as well as at overseas news conferences. He traveled with Trump on dozens of Air Force One domestic and international flights, including the 45th president's final flight to Florida.
During the 2020 U.S. presidential contest, Steve covered both the Republican incumbent's campaign, as well as that of the Democratic challenger and eventual victor, Joe Biden.
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 Baneberry nuclear federal court trial (1979), MGM Grand Hotel fire (1980), Thai April Fool's coup (1981), Squeaky Fromme's prison escape (1987), the Kobe earthquake (1995), the Tokyo subway sarin attack (1995), handover of Hong Kong (1997), end of the Sri Lanka civil war (2009), the Fukushima nuclear disaster (2011), Typhoon Haiyan (2013), Thai coup (2014), 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 105,000 followers on Twitter and 142,000 on LinkedIn.
Steve appears frequently on such networks and channels as the ABC (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), Money FM 89.3 (Singapore), NBS (Uganda), Newzroom Afrika (South Africa), NewstalkZB, Radio New Zealand, RTHK Radio 3, tbs Efm (Seoul), Thai PBS World, TRT World (Turkey) and numerous TV news channels in India, including CNBC TV18, CNN-News18, Doordarshan, India Ahead, 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, On the Air, 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, broadcast journalism and news literacy 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, including as the wire service's state broadcast editor in West Virginia, Steve's career has also included stints as a media executive in Asia, launching Discovery Channel and Animal Planet in Japan before 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. Steve was previously on the board of governors of the Overseas Press Club of America.
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, the National Press Club, the Society of Environmental Journalists, the Society of Professional Journalists, the South Asian Journalists Association and the White House Correspondents Association.
Steve was a founding member of the National Cable Television Center and Museum, as well as the Statue of Liberty Museum.
A veteran officer in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Steve primarily provided support for USCG-FEACT and was awarded the Coast Guard Commendation Medal and the Auxiliary Achievement Medal. He also served as an operator in the Navy-Marine Corps Military Affiliate Radio System.
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. A lifelong learner who completed undergraduate or graduate level coursework at UNLV, The New School, University of Bath and the Harvard Extension School, Steve earned a B.A. at Thomas Edison State University and a M.A. in Public Diplomacy from Mountain State University.