Keith Porter

Political Journalist


M.S., Communications, Illinois State University

B.S., Communication, Illinois State University


  • More than 30 years of experience as an international affairs journalist 
  • Reported from more than 20 different countries
  • Produced and co-produced radio documentary projects
  • Worked with prominent broadcasters
  • Hosts the show, Common Ground, on Stanley Foundation radio
  • President and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Stanley Foundation


Keith Porter is a former writer for ThoughtCo who wrote articles on globalization. Keith's work has a particular concentration on the relationships between the United States, Russia, and the Middle East. He has over 30 years of expertise as a reporter, announcer, and journalist. Keith is the president of the Stanley Foundation; a nonpartisan organization focused on strengthening multilateralism. He co-hosted the Foundation's show, Common Ground, with Kristin McHugh until 2004 and still writes for the organization's Courier publication.

Keith joined the Stanley Foundation at the age of 23 in 1988. Since that time, he has help progressively demanding positions in the organization. His work regularly receives awards from the United Nations Correspondents Association, the National Press Club, the Society of Professional Journalists, and many others. Keith's body of work includes collaboration with some of the most prominent broadcasters in the world, including Walter Cronkite, David Brancaccio, David Brown, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, and Simon Marks.


Keith Porter earned a Master Science (M.S.) degree in Communication from Illinois State University in 1988. He also holds a Bachelor Science (B.S.) in Communications from the same university.

Awards and Publications

2006 National Press Club award for Outstanding Journalism
2004 Sigma Delta Chi award for Excellence in Professional Journalism, Documentary
The US and North Korea (, Courier Online,1999)
Is Global Cooperation Over? Midwesterners Assess the Trends (, 2017)
A reporter for The Russia Project (KQED Public Radio, 2001)
Produced Beyond Fear: America's Role in an Uncertain World (Public Radio Exchange, 2007)
Produced Brazil Rising (KQED Public Radio, 2008)




A Message from Keith Porter



ThoughtCo and Dotdash Meredith

ThoughtCo, a Dotdash Meredith brand, is an award-winning reference site offering education content created by experts. ThoughtCo reaches 13 million readers each month. Learn more about us and our editorial guidelines.

Read more from Keith Porter