After more than four decades of broadcasts, interviews and numerous awards, George Bistis, Head of the Voice of America Greek programs, decided to retire on December 31, 2012.
To celebrate his tremendous dedication to broadcast journalism and to remember his extraordinary work over the years informing Greek-speaking audiences around the world, VOA held a retirement party in his honor at its headquarters in Washington DC.
The event was attended by many media colleagues as well as several personalities familiar with George’s work, including David Ensor, Director of the Voice of America; Alan Heil, former VOA Deputy Director and author; Pavlos Anastasiadis, Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to the U.S.; Nick Larigakis, Chairman, American Hellenic Institute; John Sitilides, State Department Advisor on policies in Greece and Cyprus; and Andy Manatos, former assistant secretary of the U.S. Treasury and President of a public policy company in Washington DC. Others who were not in town due to the Christmas holidays, sent letters of appreciation for George’s work, which were read at the party. Four of these letters, from Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Congressman John Sarbanes (D-MD), the Ambassador of Greece to the U.S. Christos Panagopoulos and Andy Manatos, can be accessed through the links below.
Director Ensor presented George Bistis with a Career Achievement Award in recognition of outstanding leadership and exceptional contributions to the Voice of America. As stated in the citation: “His leadership, innovative strategies, outstanding reporting and editorial contributions over four decades were instrumental in VOA’s success and legacy in Greece.”
Bilirakis letter of appreciation
Sarbanes letter of appreciation
Ambassador Panagopoulos letter of appreciation
Andy Manatos letter of appreciation