Meet the Director
Director, Project on Media & National Security
The Project’s director, David Ensor has been a journalist, a diplomat, a Federal official, and a businessman.
As director of the Voice of America 2011–15, Ensor oversaw an increase in its audience of almost 40%, including programming in Russian and Ukrainian in response to the invasion of Crimea. His team also created dynamic new programs on television, radio, social media and mobile apps for Africa, Latin America, Iran and China, among others.
Prior to that, 2010-11, Ensor ran a large American public diplomacy and strategic communications effort from the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan, after leading communications for a global energy trading company.
A television correspondent for over 30 years, Ensor reported for ABC News from the frontlines of conflicts in Chechnya, Bosnia and El Salvador, as well as from the White House, the Pentagon, the State Department, Warsaw, Rome and Moscow. As CNN’s national security correspondent, he was among the recipients of the 2002 National Headliner Award for the network’s investigative coverage after the 9/11 attacks. His 2004 CNN documentary “Warsaw Rising” received an Emmy nomination. Ensor received the Knight’s Cross from the President of Poland. Earlier, he was a reporter for National Public Radio (NPR).