As VOA's "Sportscaster in Sari", Roquia loves sports and politics, landing interviews with top cricket players and politicians. In two decades of service, Roquia has won many awards for her coverage, particularly on the Olympics and Child Labor. She also contributes to VOA Urdu, Hindi, Afghanistan and Persian for special events. Prior to VOA, Roquia was a popular radio and television personality in Bangladesh. Roquia is also involved in community development, for which she received the US Presidential Volunteer Award. However her greatest achievement as a reporter was interviewing Mother Teresa. And in her personal life, being the mother of four loving and accomplished children.
Anis joined VOA in 2001. Anis has produced several award-winning programs including the “50th Anniversary of the Language Movement in Bangladesh” and “Democracy in Bangladesh: Problems & Prospects.” His primary coverage focus is on global and South Asian affairs for Interviews and Hello Washington and he is also a Web Editor. Prior to VOA, Anis worked as a broadcast journalist with BBC London for seven years and as a lecturer at London University, the Institute of Linguists and the University of Chittagong and Dhaka, respectively. Anis's first job in radio was for the popular Dhaka childrens program, Khelaghar, in the 1960s.
Delores first joined VOA in 1987, as an administrative assistant and later became interested in radio production, eventually transitioning to a full-time producer for VOA Bangla. In support of the broadcast, Delores has broadened her horizons with regard to the Bangla language, culture and South Asians in general. She primarily enjoys the thrill in directing live broadcasts, particularly the popular weekly callin show “Hello Washington” and the recent roundtable discussion on the US presidential election.
Ahsan works primarily as a television producer for the weekly VOA Bangla television program, Washington Barta, which airs every Friday on the popular TV affiliate, NTV. He is also very active in producing VOA Bangla radio programs and considers radio broadcasting his passion. Prior to joining VOA Bangla, Ahsan was based in London working for BBC Bangla. He was also news chief at a London based TV channel for nearly two years. Ahsan graduated from Dhaka University with a degree in English Literature and studied Indian film at SOAS, London University. Music and sports are his favorite hobbies.
Shegoftah began her broadcasting career with VOA Bangla as a university student. Since then, she has has reported on many important news events. Shegoftah covered three Presidential inaugurations including President Barack Obama's both inaugurations from the Capitol steps. Shegoftah is a Web Editor for the VOA Bangla web page earning a Superior Accomplishment Award. She also received the prestigious Silver Medal Award in 2006 for her unique contributions to Bangla language broadcasting and reporting. Shegoftah co-hosted the popular show Mitali (Letters from Listeners) for many years. Prior to joining VOA, Shegoftah was a Legislative Assistant to the Chairman of Ways and Means Committee, Maryland State Legislature. Shegoftah earned her BA in Economics from Trinity College and an MBA at American Univerisity.
Kabir has been a staple of VOA Bangla broadcasts for over two decades. Prior to joining VOA, Kabir enjoyed a successful career in radio and television broadcasting in Bangladesh and Pakistan, where he received the National Television Award for Best News Anchor and voted Best Newscaster of Bangladesh by the popular Bengali newsweekly 'jae jae deen.' An arts graduate from Karachi University, Kabir also pursued a successful acting career, landing lead roles in major films besides Bangledeshi film legends as Kabori, Suchanda and Sujata.
Tahira is a radio broadcaster, serving as news anchor for various programs and host of the popular radio program Mitali (Letters From Listeners). She is a television producer and on-camera talent for the weekly VOA Bangla programs VOA 60 America, telecast on Desh TV, and NTV's Hello America! She has had seven years of language teaching experience at the State Department (FSI). From 2006 - 2009, she attended the National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland, where she worked with a net-based language program, LangNet. She worked for the U.S. government from 2009-2011, as a South Asia expert, conducting research on regional socioeconomic and political trends and served as editorial support for the Asia Pacific Defense Forum Magazine. At VOA, she demonstrates her passion for the Bangla language and for radio and TV production, broadcast studio operation, and web editing. Tahira graduated from Dhaka University with a degree in political science. She is also an accomplished classical Odissi dancer.