Charles Z. Wick (d. 7.28.2008) is Former Director of the United States Information Agency (USIA) and a former member of the Advisory Board of the USC Center on Public Diplomacy. From 1981 through 1988, Wick was director of the USIA under President Reagan, where he worked to launch the first live global satellite television network. Wick also established the Voice of America's Radio Marti broadcasting to Cuba and created RIAS TV in Berlin. In 1986, the Washington Post hailed Wick as "the most influential director of the USIA" since Edward R. Murrow.
Wick also headed the International Youth Exchange Initiative,established an office within USIA to implement the General Exchanges Agreement between the U.S. and the former Soviet Union, and created the Artistic Ambassador Program with its international young artists' exchanges.
Wick has been an independent businessman involved in the financing and operation of motion picture, television, radio, music, health care, and mortgage industries in the United States and abroad. He was previously president and chief executive officer of Wick Financial Corp., and Mapleton Enterprises, which he founded in the early 1960's. He was cochairman of the 1981 Presidential Inaugural Committee.
Wick led the USIA’s mission to inform and influence foreign publics in promotion of US national interests by broadening the dialogue between Americans and US institutions and their counterparts abroad. The USIA seeks to foster exchanges of students, professors, and diverse categories of citizens between the US and foreign societies.
Publications & Commentary
- Warriors of Disinformation: How Charles Wick, the USIA, and Videotape Won the Cold War by Alvin Snyder. Arcade Publishing 1995.
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