May 24, 2017 By Mohamed Massaquoi
United States Ambassador to Sierra Leone, John Hoover will today host a roundtable forum with members of the Sierra Leonean media in order to discuss the perspective of the U.S government’s work in Sierra Leone from 2014 to 2017 and the forecast priorities for 2018.
A media directory from the Embassy stated that the U.S. government placed the highest priority on freedom of the press, which was one of the more reasons the ambassador has invited journalists to engage in an open dialogue for the development of the country.
Ambassador John Hoover hails from Massachusetts and he is a career member of the United States Senior Foreign Service. He began his career with the Department of State in 1988 and In July 2013, he was nominated by President Obama to be the U.S Ambassador to the Republic of Sierra Leone.
Previously, Ambassador Hoover served as the Director of the Office of Regional and Security Affairs in the State Department’s Bureau of African Affairs from 2010 to 2013. His work in the field in Africa includes assignments to U.S. Embassies in Uganda as Deputy Chief of Mission, in Kenya as Economic Counselor, and early in his career, in Swaziland as Political-Economic Officer. Additionally, Mr. Hoover has served in Shanghai, China; Taipei, Taiwan; and Paris, France.
Ambassador Hoover is the winner of two global State Department awards: The Herbert Salzman Award for Excellence in International Economic Performance in 2008 for his reporting and commercial advocacy in support of African efforts to enhance connectivity to the worldwide web, and the Director General’s Award for Reporting (co-winner, 1998) for his reporting and analysis of trade issues in Taiwan that contributed to the island’s successful accession to the World Trade Organization.
Prior to his Foreign Service career, Ambassador Hoover worked as an investment banker in New York and Tokyo, and as an English teacher in Japan. He is a 1982 magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University, and a 1978 graduate of Acton-Boxborough Regional High School in Acton, Massachusetts, a small town where he grew up playing baseball and ice hockey.
Based on his diplomatic and professional background, journalists interviewed believed that the meeting will be fruitful.