Patsy Widakuswara is VOA's Senior White House Correspondent. She joined Voice of America in March 2003. With over 20 years experience in international broadcast journalism, she currently reports via multi-media platforms from the White House where she focuses on delivering informative, engaging U.S. content to an international audience.
Prior to her post in the White House, Widakuswara was senior producer and anchor for VOA’s Indonesian Service where she supervised development and production of news and current affairs programs. She anchored a number of shows and served as VOA Indonesian’s lead reporter for breaking news and major events, as well as their main producer for long-format investigative pieces.
Patsy started her media career in 1995 as a radio journalist for a leading station in Jakarta and anchor for ANTV. Later she was hired by Indonesia’s first news station, Metro TV, as reporter and anchor. Prior to joining VOA, she lived in London and worked as assistant producer on documentaries for BBC Current Affairs and Channel 4.
Patsy holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations specializing in Asia-Pacific security issues from Universitas Indonesia. In 1998 Patsy co-founded the first college level debate society in Indonesia and won numerous international debating championship titles. In 2001 she was awarded the Chevening Scholarship by the British government and obtained a Master of Arts in TV Journalism from Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Patsy lives in Silver Spring, MD and spends her time between covering the White House, her son and volunteering for immigrant organizations including helping run an Indonesian language institute for diaspora children. She is an avid yogi and cook, and she loves making "political bentos" to teach her son about current affairs through his lunch boxes.