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About the FPC

Date: 04/03/2017 Location: Washington DC Description: FPC Banner - State Dept Image


The Foreign Press Centers mission is to deepen understanding of U.S. policy and American values through engagement with foreign media.


Providing clear and accurate understanding of policy and American values to global audiences via first-hand access. 


The United States government began its official support of foreign journalists covering the United States in 1946, when a Foreign Press Liaison Office was established in New York City for the hundreds of journalists arriving to cover the newly founded United Nations. The mission grew as foreign correspondents broadened their U.S. coverage to economics, finance and the arts. In 1961, the U.S. Information Agency (USIA) renamed the operation the Foreign Press Center (FPC). In 1968, USIA established a center in Washington, D.C., which is now located at the National Press Building. 


Date: 01/23/2017 Location: Washington DC Description: ''We have established this [Foreign Press] Center to make available to you whatever assistance you may require which is within our ability to provide. Truth is often elusive and rarely simple; if our Center helps you in the pursuit of truth, we shall feel adequately rewarded.'' Signed John F. Kennedy, October 16, 1961 - State Dept Image

Signed by President John F. Kennedy, October 16, 1961. 

USIA was merged into the Department of State in 1999, and the Foreign Press Centers became part of the Bureau of Public Affairs. For journalists working outside the region covered by the Washington and New York Foreign FPCs, please call (202) 504-6300 and you will be referred to an FPC staff member.










Signed by President John F. Kennedy, October 16, 1961.