Jorge Agobian was born and raised in Venezuela, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Journalism at the Central University (UCV).
Jorge is the White House Correspondent for the Voice of America’s Spanish branch. He has covered both the 45th and 46th Presidents of the United States. As one of the youngest Latino and first Venezuelan covering the beat permanently on campus, he is a frequent member of the in-and-out of town White House pool system for Presidential and Vice Presidential events.
His coverage is focused on foreign policy toward the Western Hemisphere and Latino-immigration issues. Jorge has secured several high profile interviews with senior officials that have been widely replicated by national and international media organizations such as CNN, The New York Times, CBS, Deutsche Welle and leading networks in South y Central America.
Jorge has reported live for roughly a hundred radio and television stations in more than 16 Latin American countries and the United States.
Previously, he covered Capitol Hill and the State Department, where he conducted several high-level interviews with US officials and legislators. He has also covered the United Nations General Assembly, the OAS, IMF, and the World Bank annual meetings.
Jorge has interviewed various Latin American presidents, foreign ministers, and ambassadors. Before joining VOA in 2018, he worked as a reporter and TV producer in Miami, as well as Caracas, Venezuela.
He is a member of the White House Correspondents Association (WHCA), the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) and the Association of the Foreign Press Correspondents in the US (AFC-USA). He is also accredited by the US Senate and House of Representatives TV Radio Gallery.
His passion for the media began in his childhood participating in radio programs. At the age of 13, he started up his first digital project: the first website for his hometown.
- US Presidential Election 2020-2021: primaries and debates (Miami and Houston, 2019), DNC and RNC conventions, second presidential debate (Nashville), and election day.
- Joe Biden’s Inauguration, 2021.
- United Nations General Assembly, UNGA (New York, 2018, 2019).
- OAS General Assembly (2016, 2017, 2018).
- US border crisis (San Ysidro, CA, 2018; Laredo, TX, 2019).
- Venezuelan crisis: 2014 and 2015 m (from Venezuela); 2017-2019 (from the US).
- US Midterm Elections, 2019.
- Natural disaster: Hurricane Irma (Florida, 2017), Hurricane Florence (North Carolina 2018), Hurricane Michael (Florida, 2018).
- US Presidential Elections, 2016: RNC and DNC conventions.
- Juan González, National Security Council’s senior director for the Western Hemisphere, 2021.
- Roberta Jacobson, Special Assistant to the President Biden and Coordinator for the Southwest Border, 2021.
- Ricardo Zúñiga, US Special Envoy for the Northern Triangle, 2021.
- Julian Castro, Democratic primary candidate, September 2019.
- Mauricio Claver-Carone, National Security Council’s director for the Western Hemisphere, 2018, 2019, 2020.
- Marta Lucía Ramírez, Vice President of Colombia, May 2019.
- Juan Orlando Hernández, President of Honduras, August 2019.
- Alejandro Giammattei, President of Guatemala, August 2019.
- Elliott Abrams, US Special Representative for Venezuela, July 2019.
- Mario Díaz-Balart, US Representative for Florida, June 2019.
- Donna Shalala, US Representative for Florida
- Albio Sires, US Representative for New Jersey.
- Paulo Abrão, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, CIDH, January 2019.
- Rick Scott, US Senator for Florida, January 2019.
- Gonzalo Koncke, July 2018.
- Ileana Ross-Lehtinen, US Representative for Florida, 2017, 2018.
- Helen Aguirre Ferré, White House’s Director of Media Affairs, August 2017, March 2018.