2019 MRE Conference Agenda

WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 16, 2019–The Military Reporters & Editors association announces the agenda for its annual conference, #MRE2019.

The conference will take place on Oct. 25, 2019, at the Navy League of the United States National Headquarters at 2300 Wilson Boulevard in Arlington Va.




8:30-8:55: Coffee and bagels
09:00: Welcome from MRE president and CQ Roll Call Senior Writer John M. Donnelly
09:05-10:20: Under Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly, introduced by Military.com Managing Editor Hope Hodge Seck
10:30-11:30: Former senior public affairs officers on military-media relations, featuring Joseph Plenzler and David Lapan
11:35-11:55: MRE Journalism Awards presentations
Noon-1: Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Robert Burke, introduced by Military Times Managing Editor Howard Altman
1-1:25: Lunch
1:30-2:30: Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, introduced by Breitbart News Pentagon Correspondent Kristina Wong
2:35-2:45: Afternoon coffee service
2:45-3:15: More MRE Journalism Awards presentations
3:20-4:25: Annual panel of military public affairs representatives
4:30-5:00: Rep. Rob Wittman of Virginia, ranking member of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces
5:00-6:00: Cocktail reception sponsored by Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism Washington Newsroom
7:00: MRE War Correspondents Dinner at the National Press Club’s Fourth Estate Restaurant (a la carte at individual cost)

  • Transportation: Nearest Metro is Courthouse. Parking available for fees in building, on street.
  • Prices: $49 for MRE members, $99 for non-members, $15 for students and no charge for MRE journalism award winners.