2017 MRE conference agenda updated


The Military Reporters and Editors 2017 conference is schedule for 8:30 a.m. March 31 at the Politico building, 1000 Wilson Blvd, Arlington Va.To register for the conference, click here.

8:30-9:00—Registration and coffee


9:00-10:00—Nuclear Modernization

  • Gen. John Hyten, Commander, U.S. Strategic Command
  • Moderated by Amy McCullough, News Editor, Air Force Magazine, immediate past president of MRE

Session One

10:15-11:15Covering the Military and National Security: Tips from Those in the Trenches

  • Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News
  • Connor O’Brien, Politico
  • Hannah Allam, Buzzfeed
  • Luis Martinez, ABC
  • Moderated by Ellen Shearer, Co-Director, National Security Journalism Initiative

Medill School of Journalism/Northwestern University

Session Two

11:30-12:30—Safety of Journalists: Dangers of reporting in both conflict and non-conflict zones

  • Margaux Ewen, North America advocacy and communications director, Reporters Sans Frontieres
  • Moderated by John Donnelly, Senior Writer, Congressional Quarterly, incoming MRE President

 Session Three

            12:30-1:30—Patrolling the Western Hemisphere

  • Adm. Charles Michel, Vice Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard
  • Moderated by Hope Hodge Seck, investigative and enterprise reporter, Military.com

Awards Presentation/Lunch


 Session Four

2:45-3:45—Building the Reporter, PAO Relationship

  • Army Maj. Gen. Malcolm B. Frost, Chief of Army Public Affairs
  • Navy Rear Adm. Dawn E. Cutler, Chief of Naval Information
  • Marine Corps Brig. Gen. James F. Glynn, Director Marine Corps Public Affairs
  • Jerry Renne, Deputy Director of Air Force Public Affairs
  • Navy Capt. Jeff A. Davis, Director of Defense Press Operations

All participants are invited to attend a happy hour at Politico after a few closing remarks by outgoing MRE president Amy McCullough and incoming president John Donnelly.

The annual war correspondents’ dinner will be held at Old Ebbitt Grill later that evening. Please RSVP separately to the dinner by emailing Sig Christenson.