Robert McMahon

Robert McMahon


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Washington, DC

Robert McMahon has covered foreign affairs since 1990 for the Associated Press, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, and As Editor of, Mr. McMahon oversees publishing of daily news-related content on the web site, supervising an editorial team and coordinating with CFR Fellows to produce web-only publications. Mr. McMahon also contributes analysis and background reporting to the web site and regularly participates in a weekly podcast series, "The World Next Week."

In his time at, the web site has garnered multiple media awards, in particular for its interactive crisis guide series. Crisis Guide: Pakistan won the 2011 Overseas Press Club award for multimedia and an honorary citation from the 2011 Webby Awards. The Crisis Guide on the Global Economic Crisis won an Emmy Award and a 2010 honorable mention citation from the Overseas Press Club. The Crisis Guide on Darfur won an Emmy Award. In addition, the web site's work won a 2007 Online News Association award.

Prior to joining, Mr. McMahon held senior editorial positions at RFE/RL, including news director in Prague, Czech Republic, where he was founding editor of RFE/RL's web site, and UN correspondent. He has expertise in international organizations and has written extensively on U.S. foreign policy, democracy promotion, public diplomacy, human rights, UN peacekeeping, and issues related to nation-building. His work has been published in the Foreign Service Journal, Weekly Standard, and the Fletcher Forum, and he has been interviewed frequently by national and international media. Mr. McMahon has a master's degree in international relations from Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.