Matt Armstrong's blog on public diplomacy, international journalism, and the struggle against propaganda

About Matt

About Matt Armstrong

Matt ArmstrongMr. Matt Armstrong 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.

Among several other activities, 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 started and evolved from 1917 to 1948. He finds entertainment in uncovering speeches from this period that could be given today with only minor editing.

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, a member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies, 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.