Liviu Floda

Liviu Floda was born in Braila, Romania, on August 16, 1913. Floda began his journalistic career in Bucharest in 1932, writing for democratic newspapers such as Adev?rul, Dimineata, and Libertatea. In 1936, Floda received a master’s degree from the law faculty of the University of Bucharest. Ten years later he followed this degree with a doctorate in economics and political science from the same institution. From 1940 to 1944, Floda taught and served as deputy director at the lyceum Cultura B in Bucharest. During 1947 and 1948 Floda lectured on commercial correspondence at the Academia Commerciala and on the history of social forms at the College of the Museum of Science, both in Bucharest. In March 1948, Floda was dismissed from his teaching positions, as well as the post of general inspector of theaters, by the Communists after they seized power. The communist seizure also brought a temporary end to Floda’s journalistic career, as the democratic publications that he worked for were closed down. During the 1950s, Floda coauthored a literary monograph and Flac?ra Vie (The living flame), a play that ran for the 1957-58 season at Bucharest’s Youth Theater.

In 1964, Floda emigrated from Romania and resettled in New York City. He immediately joined RFE’s New York bureau and began contributing programs, under the pseudonym “Andrei Brandus,” on Romanian politics, society, and culture to the Romanian-language service based in Munich. Floda had risen to the level of senior editor by the time he faced mandatory retirement during the 1972 budget crunch. He did not slow down in retirement; for the next twenty-one years, he averaged forty to fifty hours a week in the New York office working on a freelance basis. Only the 1993 closure of the RFE/RL New York office brought an end to Floda’s RFE career; however, his broadcast career continued (at the ripe age of eighty) with contributions to Voice of America’s Romanian-language programming. In addition to the thousands of interviews and programs that Floda contributed to RFE over the years were equally numerous articles in Romanian-language newspapers in Israel (Viata Noastra) and North America (MicroMagazin). Floda, considered by some to be the “dean of Romanian-American journalism,” used his unique position to help link up members of the Romanian diaspora in the United States and their relatives back in Romania; he recorded appeals of Romanian-Americans for broadcasting to Romania and helped RFE management track down relatives of Romanians who had contacted the stations in Munich. He was tremendously well connected in the Romanian diaspora and in New York cultural circles. Floda was an active member of the American Newspaper Guild and the New York Academy of Sciences, as well as the American Romanian Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The Floda collection includes extensive documentation of Floda’s involvement with the Romanian-American cultural scene, as well as scripts and research materials related to his thirty-years of RFE broadcasts. The Liviu Floda Collection is open to the public and available for research in the Hoover Archives Reading Room.