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 11:59PM EDT on Thursday, September 10, 2020 via email to both Robert@hunters21.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 2020 call for entries can be found here: 2020 Arthur Ross Media Award.
History of Arthur Ross Media Award Recipients
To access an extended list of previous award winners, click here.
The Academy’s Ross Media Awards are given in honor of the late Arthur Ross and endowed by the Ross Foundation.
Recipient of the 2019 Arthur Ross Media Award in the Commentator category
Recipient of the 2019 Arthur Ross Media Award in the Reporting category
Matthew Lee is the Diplomatic Writer for The Associated Press, covering the State Department and U.S. foreign policy since 1999. He has traveled with every secretary of state since Madeleine Albright, reporting from more than 120 countries on America’s evolving international interests and priorities. Lee joined the AP in 2007 after 12 years with the French news agency AFP where he covered the State Department, served as the Kenya-based deputy bureau chief for East Africa and bureau chief in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
A native of Buffalo, New York, he graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in 1989 and began his journalism career as a news aide/copy boy at The Washington Post and as a reporter covering local politics at the Daily Progress in Charlottesville, Va.