The Bureau of Public Affairs is the part of the United States Department of State that carries out the Secretary of State's mandate to help Americans understand the importance of foreign affairs. The Bureau is led by an Assistant Secretary who also serves as Department spokesman.
The PA Bureau pursues the State Department's mission to inform the American people and to feed their concerns and comments back to the policymakers. It accomplishes this in a variety of ways, which include:
The Office of Regional Media Outreach (RMO) provides local, regional, specialty, and national media a central connection point to department newsmakers.
Their database of newsmakers enables members of the media to quickly find an expert at the department to provide insight, analysis, and expertise on foreign affairs, news and events. Searches can be made by name, issue, position or language spoken. Once an expert has been identified, their staff will set up an interview for television, radio, or print media.
They list their 47 available experts here.
This tab of the State Department's website  gives the official U.S. position on the major issues in the news. As it is the official publication of opinion from the U.S. State Department, it offers its own view of an issue, and any reports that support it. It is a great start for preliminary research.
On this same tab you can find daily press briefings from the major outlets of official statement. You will find a record of "Remarks, Testimony: Senior Officials"  since 2001. Also included are "Daily Briefings"  which are available for viewing in either Text of Video.
You will also find RSS Feeds, and press releases from the Foreign Press Center, USAID, and the U.S. Mission to the United Nations (USUN). They have a section dedicated to Audio and Video Content, including Podcasts.
This tab offers important information and tips for Traveling and Business.
For travel, they offer helpful information on properly documenting your identity on trips. Also included is information on Visas, and the developing technology of “e-passports”.