Arthur Ross Media Award

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


The American Academy of Diplomacy annually honors one outstanding reporter and one distinguished commentator with its two Arthur Ross Awards for Distinguished Reporting and Analysis on Foreign Affairs. The awards, endowed by and given in honor of the late Arthur Ross, seek to recognize 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. One award is given to a journalist/reporter and another to a commentator/columnist. Each award includes a cash stipend of $5,000. Deadline for submitting nominations for the 2022 Ross Award is 11:59 PM EDT on Monday, October 10, 2022.

2022 Ross Award Eligibility Criteria:

  • Nominees must be U.S. citizens who work/reside anywhere, either in the United States or abroad.
  • The work of the nominees must be making a singular contribution to public understanding of foreign affairs or the critical role played by diplomacy in the furtherance of America’s foreign policy interests.
  • Nominees can come from print or electronic publications.
  • Nominees can be in one of two categories: Reporter/Journalist category or Commentator category.
  • Nominees in the Commentator category can include columnists, editorial writers, cartoonists, or commentators.

Nomination Submission Instructions: 

  • Nominations are welcome and encouraged from the nominees’ media outlets, editors, colleagues, or readers. No self-nominations will be accepted.
  • To nominate a candidate, submit a brief bio, links to at least three examples of the nominee’s recent work, and a very short nominating statement via the online nomination form:
  • All nominations are due by 11:59 PM EDT on Monday, October 10, 2022. Incomplete nominations will not be considered.

Selection Process:

Nominations will be reviewed, and recommendations made, by the AAD Media Award committee and then be formally approved by the full AAD Board of Directors.

The awards are usually presented at the Academy’s Annual Awards Luncheon ceremony in Washington D.C. in early November.


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.



Kathy Gannon


Recipient of the 2021 Arthur Ross Media Award in the Reporting category


Kathy Gannon serves as news director for Pakistan and Afghanistan for The Associated Press.

She has covered the region for the AP as a correspondent and bureau chief since 1988, a period that spans the withdrawal of Russian soldiers from Afghanistan, the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, the bitter Afghan civil war between Islamic factions and the rise and fall of the Taliban. Gannon was the only Western journalist allowed in Kabul by the Taliban in the weeks preceding the 2001 U.S.-British offensive in Afghanistan.

In addition to her coverage of South Central Asia, she has covered the Middle East, including the 2006 Israeli war against Hezbollah in southern Lebanon, and war in northern Iraq.

In April 2014 Gannon was seriously wounded __ hit by seven bullets __while covering preparations for Afghan national elections when an Afghan police officer opened fire on the car in which she was riding. Her colleague and close friend, AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus, was killed in the attack.

She underwent 18 surgeries and returned to Afghanistan and Pakistan where she has explored sexual abuse in Islamic madrassas, took a deep dive into honor killings, that kill more than a thousand women in each year at the hands of their family members, followed Taliban’s sweep through Afghanistan, Parliamentary and again was in Afghanistan to cover another presidential election, this one in 2019.

A native of Timmins, Ontario, she was the city editor at the Kelowna Courier in British Columbia and worked at several Canadian newspapers before her career took her overseas. She has lived in Israel, Japan, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

She has received two honorary doctorates from Northern Canada universities and is the recipient of numerous awards, including:
International Women’s Media Foundation Courage In Journalism Award
Overseas Press Club Award for best newspaper or wire service reporting from abroad
Committee to Protect Journalists Burton Benjamin Memorial Award
John Peter and Anna Catherine Zenger Freedom of the Press Award from the University of Arizona School of Journalism
Grady College McGill Medal for Journalistic Courage from the University of Georgia
James Foley Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression Tara Singh Hayer Memorial Award
Edward R. Murrow Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
National Newspaper Awards Governors’ Award
AP Oliver S. Gramling Award in Journalism

In 2005 Gannon authored “I is for Infidel: From Holy War, to Holy Terror, 18 Years Inside Afghanistan,” an examination of the Taliban and post-Taliban period, published by PublicAffairs.

Gannon is married to respected Pakistani architect Naeem Pasha, and has a stepdaughter, Kyla Pasha. She is the youngest of six children. Her brothers Brian and Lorne were also journalists, her brothers Robert and Terry were prominent in their fields and her sister, Patricia Ann, was a nurse in Canada’s north for 40 years.

Her website with her latest stories and personal information is


Ishaan Tharoor


Recipient of the 2021 Arthur Ross Media Award in the Commentator category

Ishaan Tharoor is a foreign affairs columnist in the newsroom of the Washington Post where he anchors Today’s WorldView, the Post’s daily column and newsletter on global politics. Through frequent use of comparative frames, his columns make both the rest of the world intelligible to an American audience and America understandable for the rest of the world. They are anchored in the dominant themes and ideas of the moment — charting the twists and turns of the evolving geopolitical order, the travails of liberal democracies and the increasingly global debates over multiculturalism and identity. Today’s WorldView, which launched in early 2017, attracts a huge daily audience of readers from around the world.

Prior to joining the Post in 2014, Ishaan was a senior editor and writer at Time magazine for eight years split between Hong Kong and New York. His work for the magazine’s international edition took him from the jungle redoubts of Nepal’s Maoists to the hurly-burly of election season in the Philippines and many places in between. He also launched Time’s first foray into foreign affairs blogging and eventually presided over the entirety of its international digital coverage.

He and his twin brother Kanishk — also a writer and journalist — were born in Singapore to Indian parents, raised initially in Geneva but mostly in New York, and graduated from Yale University. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife, Bhumika Davé Tharoor, a managing editor at the Atlantic. He teaches a seminar at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service on global affairs in the digital age.