James B. Story
United States Ambassador to Venezuela
In office
July 2018 – May 19, 2023[1]
PresidentDonald Trump
Joe Biden
Preceded byTodd D. Robinson
Personal details
Born1971 (age 52–53)
Moncks Corner, South Carolina, U.S.
EducationUniversity of South Carolina (BA, BSc)
School of Foreign Service (MSFS)

James Broward Story is an American diplomat who served as United States ambassador to Venezuela from 2018 to 2023. During most of his tenure he was based in the Venezuela Affairs Unit of the Department of State, located at the United States Embassy in Bogota, Colombia.[2] Story was serving as the deputy chief of mission in Caracas until his superior, Todd Robinson, was expelled and U.S. diplomatic operations in Venezuela ended due to security and operational concerns. Before arriving in Venezuela, Story was serving as Consul General in Rio de Janeiro.[3]


A career foreign service officer, Story has served in numerous postings throughout the world including Brazil, Mozambique, Mexico and Afghanistan. He also served as head of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Office for the Western Hemisphere, and headed the bureau's office in Bogota. While in Afghanistan, Story served as the Senior Civilian for Task Force Rakkasan in Regional Command East Afghanistan.

On May 6, 2020, President Trump announced his intent to nominate Story to be the next United States Ambassador to Venezuela.[4] On November 18, 2020, his nomination was confirmed in the United States Senate by voice vote.[5]

Story grew up in Moncks Corner, South Carolina and graduated with a B.A./B.Sc. in interdisciplinary studies from South Carolina College at the University of South Carolina. He also received a M.Sc. from the School of Foreign Service of Georgetown University.[3]

Story has a program called "Aló Embajador" that he broadcasts on social networks where he chats with different personalities, whether political or not, while answering questions from the audience.[citation needed]

Personal life

Story is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.


  1. ^ Caracas, U. S. Embassy (May 11, 2023). "DEPARTURE OF AMBASSADOR STORY FROM THE VAU IN THE COMING WEEKS". U.S. Embassy in Venezuela.
  2. ^ "U.S. opens Venezuelan diplomatic office in Colombian capital". Reuters. August 28, 2019. Retrieved February 13, 2020.
  3. ^ a b Senate Cloakroom [@SenateCloakroom] (November 18, 2020). "Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #882 James Broward Story, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  4. ^ "President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate and Appoint Individuals to Key Administration Posts" White House, May 6, 2020 Archived January 20, 2021, at the Wayback Machine Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  5. ^ "PN1909 - Nomination of James Broward Story for Department of State, 116th Congress (2019-2020)". www.congress.gov. November 18, 2020. Retrieved November 23, 2020.
Diplomatic posts Preceded byTodd D. Robinson United States Ambassador to Venezuela 2018–2023 Succeeded byFrancisco Palmieri