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, 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.)

Deadline:  Nominations will close COB June 29th, 2018

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 2018 call for entries, click on the 2018 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.



Fareed Zakaria


Winner of the 2017 Arthur Ross Media Award in the Columnist category:

Fareed Zakaria is host of CNN’s flagship international affairs program — Fareed Zakaria GPS — a Washington Post columnist, a contributing editor at The Atlantic and a New York Times bestselling author. He was described in 1999 by Esquire Magazine as “the most influential foreign policy adviser of his generation.” In 2010, Foreign Policy named him one of the top 100 global thinkers.

Since 2008, Dr. Zakaria has hosted Fareed Zakaria GPS, which airs Sundays worldwide on CNN. His in-depth interviews with heads of government including Barack Obama, Narendra Modi, King Abdullah II, Hassan Rouhani, Moammar Gadhafi and David Cameron, and countless other intellectuals, business leaders, politicians and journalists, have been broadcast in more than 300 million homes around the world. Within its first year, GPS garnered an Emmy nomination for an interview with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao. The show won the prestigious Peabody Award in 2011.

Dr. Zakaria currently writes an internationally syndicated weekly column on foreign affairs for the Washington Post. He also has been a contributing editor at The Atlantic since 2014.

From 2010 to 2014, Dr. Zakaria served as editor-at-large for TIME. Before that, he spent ten years overseeing all of Newsweek’s editions abroad. While his columns have received many awards, including a 2010 National Magazine Award, his October 2001 Newsweek cover story, “Why They Hate Us,” remains the most decorated. Before joining Newsweek, from 1992 to 2000, he served as managing editor of Foreign Affairs, a post he was appointed to at only 28 years old.

The Post-American World (2008) was heralded in the New York Times Book Review as “a relentlessly intelligent book,” and The Economist called it “a powerful guide” to facing global challenges. Like The Post-American World, The Future of Freedom (2003) was a New York Times bestseller and has been translated into over 25 languages. His most recent book, In Defense of a Liberal Education, has been praised in the New York Times as “an accessible, necessary defense of an idea under siege.”

Born in India on January 20, 1964, Dr. Zakaria went on to receive a B.A. from Yale College and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. He has received honorary degrees from numerous universities including Johns Hopkins, Brown, the University of Miami, and Oberlin College. He lives in New York City with his wife, son and two daughters.



Jonathan Landay


Winner of the 2017 Arthur Ross Media Award in the Reporting category:

Jonathan S. Landay, a U.S. national security correspondent for Reuters, has written about foreign affairs and U.S. defense, intelligence and foreign policies for more than 30 years.

In his current position, he covers intelligence and defense issues, terrorism, nuclear weapons and arms control policies and focuses on U.S. foreign policy toward Europe, South Asia, and the Middle East. His assignments include extensive tours of Afghanistan, where he travels unilaterally as well as embeds with U.S. and Afghan forces. He has spent considerable time in the Middle East, including two trips into Syria in 2014.

From 1985-94, Landay covered South Asia and then the former Yugoslavia for United Press International and the Christian Science Monitor. He moved to Washington in December 1994 to cover defense and foreign affairs for the Christian Science Monitor.

In October 1999, he joined Knight Ridder, which was purchased in 2006 by McClatchy Newspapers, the third largest U.S. newspaper publisher, with 30 newspapers. Landay began working for Reuters in November 2015.

Landay has spent much of his career on the ground chronicling ethnic, sectarian and political conflicts in Asia, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. Major events that he has covered include the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, the 1989 Tienanmen Square massacre, the wars of former Yugoslavia, the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the 2001 U.S.-led intervention in Afghanistan, the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, the civil war in Syria, the Islamic State insurgency in Iraq and Syria, and Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.

He is a co-recipient of the 2003 Raymond Clapper Memorial Award, the highest award for Washington journalism, for disclosing the Bush administration’s use of bogus and exaggerated intelligence to justify the invasion of Iraq. In 2005, he was part of a team that won a National Headliners Award for “How the Bush Administration Went to War in Iraq.” He won a 2005 Award of Distinction from the Medill School of Journalism and Georgetown University’s 2007 Weintal Prize for Diplomatic Reporting Special Citation. He shared the 2012 Polk Award for War Reporting for McClatchy’s coverage of Syria’s civil war.

Landay was a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for his work on the CIA’s monitoring of the computers used by Senate Intelligence Committee staff to compile its report on the agency’s torture program.

Landay’s reporting on the Bush administration’s misuse of intelligence in the run-up to the Iraq invasion was the subject of “Buying The War,” a documentary by Bill Moyers, that premiered on PBS in April 2007. A major motion picture directed by Rob Reiner – Shock and Awe – now awaiting release follows the reporting by Landay and his colleagues that questioned the administration’s case for invading Iraq.