Arthur Ross Media Award

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


The Arthur Ross Media Awards are presented annually to journalists who have produced the most compelling and insightful pieces concerning American diplomacy. It is given in honor of (and endowed by) the late Arthur Ross.

Criteria for Selection

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, either 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.)


Nominations must be submitted by COB on Friday, June 28, 2019 via email to both and


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.

Additional details about the 2019 call for entries can be found here: 2019 Arthur Ross Media Award.


History of Arthur Ross Media Award Recipients

To access an extended list of previous award winners, click here.


Robert Hunter (right), chair of the Media Award Committee, presents the 2017 Arthur Ross Media Award to Jonathan Landay (left) 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.



Pamela Constable

Bureau Chief, Afghanistan and Pakistan

Recipient of the 2018 Arthur Ross Media Award in the Reporting category

Pamela Constable is The Washington Post’s bureau chief in Afghanistan and Pakistan. She has reported from both countries frequently since 1998, and served as a South Asia bureau chief based in India from 1999 to 2005. She also reported from Iraq in 2004 and 2005. She previously covered immigration issues and immigrant communities while based in Washington for The Post.

Before joining The Post in 1994, she was a reporter, editor and foreign correspondent for the Boston Globe from 1982 to 1994, reporting mainly from Central and South America and the Caribbean. She was a reporter for the Baltimore Sun from 1978 to 1982. She is an author and has held writing fellowships at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Alicia Patterson Foundation and the Pew Journalism Program at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Ms. Constable is co-author of a non-fiction book on military rule in Chile and the author of two non-fiction books on contemporary South Asia. Her most recent book is “Playing with Fire: Pakistan at War with Itself,” published in 2011. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a winner of the Maria Moors Cabot Prize from Columbia University. A graduate of Brown University, she lives in northern Virginia.

In a private capacity, Ms. Constable is president of the non-profit Afghan Stray Animal League and founder of a shelter and veterinary clinic in Afghanistan that has helped hundreds of injured and ailing street dogs and cats, as well as working donkeys, since 2004.


Carol Giacomo

Editorial Board Member

Recipient of the 2018 Arthur Ross Media Award in the Commentator category

Carol Giacomo, a former diplomatic correspondent for Reuters in Washington, covered foreign policy for the international wire service for more than two decades before joining The New York Times editorial board in 2007.

She writes editorials arguing the paper’s position on the leading national security challenges of our day, including the nuclear threats posed by North Korea and Iran; the wars in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq; the rising threats from Russia and China; and the impact of America’s declining international leadership under President Trump.

In her previous position, she traveled over 1 million miles to more than 100 countries with eight secretaries of state and various other senior U.S. officials. Her reporting for the editorial board involves regular independent overseas travel, including recent trips to North Korea, Iran and Myanmar.

In 2009, she won the Georgetown University Weintal Prize for diplomatic reporting. In 2017, she won a New York Times publisher’s award for her work and was cited for “providing intelligent, timely commentary and deep knowledge of the issues, making them indispensable in steering the page and its readers through these troubled waters.” She previously won a publisher’s award in 2013.

Ms. Giacomo is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She was a Ferris professor of journalism at Princeton University in 2013. In 1999-2000, she was a senior fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace, researching U.S. economic and foreign policy decision-making during the Asian financial crisis.

Ms. Giacomo often speaks at academic institutions, think tanks and on media shows, including MSNBC. She serves as an expert lecturer on New York Times-sponsored tours overseas, including to Iran and Morocco. Born and raised in Connecticut, she holds a B.A. in English Literature from Regis College, Weston, Mass. She began her journalism career at the Lowell Sun in Lowell, Mass., and later worked for the Hartford Courant in the city hall, state capitol and Washington bureaus. Her son, Christopher Marquette, is a reporter in Washington.