Arthur Ross Media Award

Arthur Ross Media Award for Distinguished Reporting and Analysis on Foreign Affairs



  • Two awards will be given, honoring individuals (or groups of individuals — e.g., a news bureau) whose reporting and analysis on diplomacy and foreign affairs is making a singular contribution to public understanding of the critical role played by diplomacy in the furtherance of America’s foreign policy interests.
  • The recipients will be in two categories: a) a reporter (print or electronic); and b) a columnist, editorial writer, cartoonist, or commentator (print or electronic) – in both cases whose work represents a singular contribution to public understanding of foreign affairs.
  • Nominees must be U.S. citizens who work/reside anywhere in the United States or abroad.

While the above are the formal criteria, the Academy is particularly looking for nominees who have not yet been honored with other major journalism awards and who are “on the way up;” this includes individuals from any part of the US or on assignment abroad (including conflict zones.)

Deadline:  Nominations will close COB June 30th, 2017

Selection: Nominations will be reviewed and recommendations made by the American Academy of Diplomacy Media Award committee; the American Academy of Diplomacy President also serves as a non-voting, ex-officio member.

To view additional details about the 2017 call for entries, click on the 2017 Arthur Ross Media Award.

Robert Hunter, chair of the Media Award Committee, presents the 2016 Media Awards during the Annual Luncheon


Arthur Ross

The Academy’s Ross Media Awards are given in honor of the late Arthur Ross and endowed by the Ross Foundation.


Roy Gutman

freelance writer

Winner of the 2016 The Arthur Ross Media Award in the columnist category:

Roy Gutman and his wife, Elizabeth Dribben, next to Ambassador Hunter, during the 2016 Ross Media Award presentation

Roy Gutman has been a foreign affairs journalist in Washington and abroad for more than four decades. He’s reported on the Middle East for the past five years, first as Baghdad bureau chief and later Middle East bureau chief for McClatchy Newspapers, based in Istanbul. He’s currently a freelance reporter covering the Middle East from Istanbul. At Newsday, his reports on “ethnic cleansing” in Bosnia-Herzegovina, including the first documented accounts of Serb-run concentration camps, won the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting (1993), the George Polk Award for foreign reporting, the Selden Ring Award for investigative reporting and other honors. He was part of the McClatchy team that won the George Polk award for foreign reporting in 2013, and in 2016, the National Press Club named him runner-up in the Edward M. Hood prize for Diplomatic Correspondence.  He wrote Banana Diplomacy  (1988) and A Witness to Genocide  (1993), and co-edited Crimes of War: What the Public Should Know (second edition, 2007). How We Missed the Story, Osama Bin Laden, the Taliban, and the Hijacking of Afghanistan, was published in a second edition in 2013 by the USIP press. Designated one of “50 visionaries who are changing your world” by the Utne Reader, he was named an honorary citizen of Bosnia-Herzegovina and awarded a key to the city of Sarajevo, April 2010.


Jason Rezaian

Correspondent in Tehran

Winner of the 2016 The Arthur Ross Media Award in the Reporting category:

Ambassador Hunter presented the 2016 Ross Media Award to Jason Rezaian for his work as reporter

Jason Rezaian is one of the few Western journalists to have been based in Tehran in recent years. From 2009 until his arrest in 2014 he covered a wide range of stories that often sought to explain Iran to a general American audience, first as a freelancer for a variety of outlets and later as The Washington Post’s Tehran bureau chief.

He reported on two presidential elections, Iran’s nuclear negotiations with global powers, the effects of one of the most punitive sanctions regimes in modern times and environmental issues.

In between these momentous events he told the stories of everyday Iranians which sought to make them more accessible to readers, reporting on Iran’s small community of baseball players, the quest for the best hamburger in Tehran and a clinic for female drug addicts.

He is currently on a leave from The Washington Post and is a fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, and a Terker Distinguished Fellow at George Washington University.