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AAG Media Achievement Award

Deadline: June 30, yearly

The AAG Media Achievement Award is conferred in recognition of exceptional and outstanding accomplishments in publicizing geographical insights in media of general or mass communication.

One AAG Media Achievement Award may be recommended each year by the AAG Honors Committee, but the award is not necessarily given every year. The AAG Media Achievement Award and the AAG Publications Award are selected by the AAG Honors Committee

To make a nomination: Nominations are invited from: individual AAG members, specialty groups, affinity groups, departments, and other interested parties.  Please submit a nominating letter and the candidate's CV to Candida Mannozzi at with “AAG Media Achievement Award” in the subject line to ensure that the message is properly and swiftly processed.  Digital nominations are preferred, and nomination materials that are emailed as a single attachment as an Adobe Acrobat pdf file are greatly appreciated.  Alternatively, nominations may be faxed to 202-234-2744202-234-2744 or mailed to AAG Honors, Association of American Geographers, 1710 Sixteenth Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20009-3198

Although letters of support are not required for a nomination, most nomination dossiers include 3-5 letters documenting the nominee's contributions to and impact on geography as they relate to the purpose of the award.

AAG Media Achievement Award Recipients  

2015 Robert Kitchin is recognized for his exceptional work both on the media and in the media, and for advancing our understanding of media geography.

2015 Marshall Shepherd is a frequently sought out expert on weather, climate, and remote sensing by a multitude of news programs. He hosts "Weather Geeks" on The Weather Channel and has inspired numerous students to pursue careers in the field.

2014 Derek Alderman in recognition of his dedication to promoting the important role that geography plays in people's lives through public media outlets.

2013 William G. Moseley for his effective use of the media to raise public understanding of social and environmental issues in Africa and beyond, and his success in fostering awareness of the insights that can come from bringing a geographical perspective to bear on those issues.

2010 Joshua Muldavin for his geographical insight into the major issues confronting a large portion of the world that would otherwise go unnoticed, and in recognition of his outstanding promotion of geography through various global media.

2008 Harm de Blij for his promotion of spatial reasoning and teaching of geographic principles through a variety of broadcast, digital, and print media including ABC's Good Morning America, for which he won an Emmy Award, NBC News, PBS, and most recently his book,Why Geography Matters which appeared in paperback in 2007.

2006 Craig Colten for his consistent, knowledgeable voice for geography in a variety of American and international print, radio, and television media outlets, and in particular in recognition of his outstanding work with the media following Hurricane Katrina.

2005 Joni K. Seager for her success in bringing geographic work to the attention of the public through two atlases, The State of Women in the World, and The State of the Earth Atlas and through numerous mass media channels.

2000 Mark Monmonier for exceptional contributions to newspapers and encyclopedias that have engaged non-geographers and in issues surrounding the design, construction, and interpretation of maps.

1999 David DiBiase for creative adaptation of multimedia techniques and for thoughtful writing and presentations that have enriched cartographic scholarship.

1997 Antoine Bailly for bringing international acclaim to geography through his work as Scientific Director of the Festival International Géographique.