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The 2016 AAG Media Achievement Award is presented to Matt Rosenberg in recognition of his success in promoting greater understanding of geography through his work in the web and in social media. He has developed his website geography.about.com into one of the most popular in the internet devoted exclusively to geography. Through this work as well as his books and outreach activities, Rosenberg has become an outstanding spokesperson for geography, geographical literacy and geography education.

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Matt Rosenberg is awarded the 2016 Association of American Geographers Media Achievement Award in recognition of his success in promoting greater understanding of geography through web and social media, as well as through his other publications and work. Over a period of 18 years, Matt’s hard work and enthusiasm built one of the most popular sites in the internet devoted exclusively to geography.

In addition to his site at geography.about.com, Matt has published two books about geography, including The Handy Geography Answer Book. Matt has been featured on PBS and NPR and has conducted many interviews about geographical topics for television, radio, and newspapers. In October 2006, Matt was awarded the Excellence in Media Award from the National Council for Geographic Education for his contributions over the years to the discipline of geography and to geography education.

Mr. Rosenberg holds a master’s degree in geography from California State University, Northridge and a bachelor’s in geography from the University of California, Davis. His master’s thesis was natural hazards in Ventura County, California; a topic close to Matt’s other professional work as a disaster manager for the American Red Cross. Matt has served on more than two dozen major disaster relief operations around the United States. He has traveled widely across North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East and is an active member of the Association of American Geographers and the National Council for Geographic Education.

For his exceptional contributions to geography in the web, for his engagement with media, and his contributions to geography education and the promotion of greater public understanding of geography, we honor Matt Rosenberg.