Sunday, May 6, 2018

Corker to receive inaugural award for public diplomacy

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George Washington University’s Institute for Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis] and Global Communication will present its first Walter Roberts Award for Congressional Leadership in Public Diplomacy to U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn.

The institute intends to make the Walter Roberts Award for congressional leadership an annual honor. It will be presented for the first time at 5 p.m. Monday at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington.

The award is in recognition of Corker’s outstanding contributions to the field of public diplomacy through his active participation, advocacy and legislative support for telling America’s story to the world, the institute said in a news release.

Corker is in his second term in the U.S. Senate, where he serves as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. He is also an active member of the Banking Committee and the Budget Committee.

Corker was Tennessee’s commissioner of finance and mayor of Chattanooga before being elected to the Senate in 2006, but he spent most of his life in business.

It’s that results-driven businessman’s perspective that allowed him to make a mark early in his Senate tenure and become a pragmatic thought leader on fiscal, financial and foreign relations issues the institute said in making the announcement.

Once elected chairman in 2015, Corker quickly worked to build the committee’s emerging reputation for developing bipartisan consensus on major issues and reasserting the committee’s traditional role in foreign policy.

The presentation will include remarks by U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Education and Cultural Affairs Marie Royce, by Broadcasting Board of Governors CEO John Lansing and by Director of the University of Tennessee’s Center for Sport, Peace, and Society Dr. Sarah Hillyer.

Corker has announced he will not seek re-election to the Senate.

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