Announcement from Foreign Editor Douglas Jehl:
I am enormously pleased to share the good news that Pamela Constable, the Post’s Afghanistan/Pakistan bureau chief, has been awarded this year’s Arthur Ross Media Award for a career spent covering some of the world’s most tumultuous places, first for The Boston Globe and then, for nearly a quarter-century, for The Washington Post.
The $5,000 award is given annually by the American Academy of Diplomacy, a group that includes about 150 former ambassadors and others who have devoted their careers to foreign policy. Pam joins a distinguished group of current and former Post reporters who have received the honor; they include Robin Wright, Tom Ricks, Dana Priest, Eugene Robinson, Rajiv Chandrasekaran, and Jason Rezaian.
The award honors journalists “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.” In a letter to Pam, Robert Hunter, a former ambassador to NATO, said she was being honored “for your outstanding work in this area for so many years.” During her newspaper career, Pam has reported from more than 30 countries, including Haiti, Cuba, Iraq, the former Soviet Union, Korea, Ukraine, Mali, Nigeria, and the Philippines.
Pam spent most of the 1980's reporting from Central and South America for the Boston Globe, co-authoring a book about the Pinochet regime in Chile and receiving the Maria Moors
Cabot prize for her coverage of the region. After joining the Post in 1994, she shifted focus to South Asia, earning a reputation over the past two decades as among the most perceptive and knowledgeable American journalists writing on Afghanistan and Pakistan. She was South Asia bureau chief based in India from 1999 to 2006; authored two non-fiction books on the region; and returned to full-time foreign reporting in 2016 after stints as an editor on Foreign and a reporter covering immigration for Metro.
Pam will be among those honored by the Academy at its annual luncheon next Tuesday, which is held at the State Department.