2021 MRE Conference Agenda

Military Reporters & Editors Association 2021 Conference 

Oct. 29, 2021

Navy League of the United States Headquarters at 2300 Wilson Blvd #200, Arlington, VA 22201

Nearest Metro: Courthouse

Parking: available in building; fees apply (entrance on N. Adams Street.)


9:00 – 09:45: Coffee and bagels.

9:50: Opening remarks 

           Military Reporters & Editors Association President Jeff Schogol

10:00 – 11:00 Speech by John Sopko, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction

Moderator: Jeff Schogol

Including time for questions from audience members

11 – 11:15: Break.

11:15 – 12:15: Panel of distinguished military reporters

 John Ismay of The New York Times

 Wesley Morgan, formerly of Politico and author of “The Hardest Place”

 James Laporta of the Associated Press

 Geoff Ziezulewicz, of Navy Times

 Moderator: Caitlin M. Kenney of Defense One

12:15 – 12:45: Lunch.

12:45 – 1:45: Panel of Public Affairs Officers

Michael Brady, principal deputy chief of Army public affairs

Rear Adm. Charles Brown, Navy Chief of Information

Brig. Gen. George B. Rowell IV, Director of Communication, Headquarters, Marine Corps

Brig. Gen. Patrick S. Ryder,  Director of Public Affairs, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force

Moderator: Howard Altman of Military Times

1:45 – 2:00: Break

2:00 – 3:00: Speech by Army Gen. Richard D. Clarke, head of U.S. Special Operations Command

Moderated by Howard Altman of Military Times

Followed by audience questions

3:00-3:30: Break

3:30 –4:00: 2021 MRE Journalism Contest awards presentation

MRE President Jeff Schogol and  Ellen Shearer of Northwestern University

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6: p.m.: The Combat Correspondents Dinner will be at the National Press Club, 529 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20045. The club requires vaccinations or a negative covid test taken within 48 hours of visiting the club. It will have a fixed-price menu (choices in each course) not including drinks that is $35 a head. If you are going, please send an email to Jen Judson so she can get a count.