The fight over the future of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty has significant implications for press freedom across Russia.
The government has been using its money and power to create an alternative to a global news media dominated by outlets like the BBC and CNN.
President Biden named nearly all of his cabinet secretaries and their immediate deputies before he took office, but his real grasp on the levers of power has come several layers down.
The Trump administration had been accused of trying to turn the federally funded news agencies into partisan mouthpieces for his presidency.
Independent journalism is on the defensive, from Hungary to Malaysia.
The action could be a blow to the news-gathering abilities of Voice of America, an independently operated media agency funded by the government.
A battle involving Michael Pack and a U.S.-funded tech group revolves around software from Falun Gong, the secretive, anti-Beijing spiritual movement with pro-Trump elements.
Over 280 million people a week depend on the V.O.A. for news. Its independence is why it is so trusted.
Amanda Bennett and Sandra Sugawara told Voice of America employees that they had offered their resignations to Michael Pack, a conservative activist pushed by President Trump.
The announcement was a significant setback in the effort to quickly confirm Michael Pack, a conservative filmmaker President Trump has personally lobbied to install.
A key Senate committee has scheduled a vote on the long-stalled nomination of Michael Pack, an ally of Stephen K. Bannon, to run the agency in charge of the Voice of America. Employees are worried.