About Matt Armstrong
Mr. Matt Armstrong is an author and lecturer on public diplomacy and international media. He presently serves as a Governor on the Broadcasting Board of Governors. The BBG oversees the U.S. Government’s civilian international media, including the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty, Radio Free Asia, Middle East Broadcasting Network, and the Office of Cuba Broadcasting.
Mr. Armstrong is currently working on a book that examines the original purpose and design of U.S. government international media and public diplomacy as it began and evolved from 1917 to 1948. He finds entertainment — and at times depressing — in uncovering reports, speeches, and news articles from the period that, with at most only minor edits, could be use today.
In 2011, Mr. Armstrong served as Executive Director of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy. Previously, Armstrong was an adjunct professor of public diplomacy at the Annenberg School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Southern California. In 2010, he was President & Founder of the MountainRunner Institute, on organization focused on issues related to public diplomacy. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Public Diplomacy Council and a member of the National Press Club. Armstrong earned a B.A. in International Relations and a Master of Public Diplomacy from the University of Southern California. He also studied European security and the Middle East at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.
Before getting involved with public diplomacy and strategic communication in 2003, Mr. Armstrong spent over a decade in knowledge management and related information technologies.
He is a former Ironman triathlete with dozens of marathons, several ultramarathons (50k’s), and countless ocean swim races up to 3 miles behind him.
“Mountainrunner” was and remains the nickname of his best running partner: his dog.