Jozsef Takacs, a journalist and former chief of the Hungarian service of Voice of America in Washington, died Nov. 28 at the Washington Home hospice. He was 84.

The cause was cancer, said a son, Paul Takacs.

Mr.Takacs, a Chevy Chase resident, joined VOA in 1965 and served as chief of the organization’s Hungarian service from the mid-1970s until his retirement in 1993.

Jozsef Takacs was a native of Vagfarkasd, in what was then Hungary and is now Slovakia. He was a freelance journalist in Hungary and participated in the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. Shortly after, he moved to the United States, and he later became a U.S. citizen.

Mr. Takacs received a bachelor’s degree in 1961 and a master’s degree in history in 1962, both from the University of Oregon.

He was active in the Hungarian emigre community.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Zsuzsanna Gollner Takacs of Chevy Chase; two sons, Paul Takacs of Edgewater, N.J., and Peter Takacs of Rockville; and a brother.

— Megan McDonough