2022 MRE Conference Agenda

Military Reporters & Editors Association 2022 Conference 

DATE: Nov. 18, 2022

PLACE: Medill School of Journalism’s Washington Newsroom at 1301 K Street NW, Suite 200 West.


8:00 – 08:45: Coffee and bagels.

9:00 – 9:50: Speech by Fox News Channel’s Chief National Security Correspondent Jennifer Griffin

Moderator: Jeff Schogol of Task & Purpose

Including time for questions from audience members

10:00 – 11:00: Speech by Navy. Adm. Samuel Paparo, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet (via Zoom)

Moderator: Jeff Schogol of Task & Purpose

Including time for questions from audience members

11:00 – 11:15: Break

11:15 – 12:15: Panel of Public Affairs Officers

Army Maj. Gen. John Rafferty

Air Force Col. Allen Herritage

Marine Col. Christian Devine

Navy Cmdr. Rebecca Rebarich (via Zoom)

Army Col. David Butler, of the Joint Staff

Moderator: Jen Judson of Defense News

12:15 – 1:00  Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 Panel of distinguished journalists who cover national security

Nancy Youssef, of the Wall Street Journal

Haley Britzky, Task & Purpose

Meghann Myers, Military Times

Sam LaGrone, USNI News 

Moderator: Caitlin Kenney of Defense One

2:00 – 2:15: Break

 2:15 – 3:15  Panel of veterans in journalism

Ron Nixon is Vice President, News and Head of Investigations, Enterprise,

Partnerships and Grants at the Associated Press

Kelly Kennedy is the Managing Editor for The War Horse

Zack Baddorf is executive director of Military Veterans in Journalism

Rachel Nostrant is a breaking news and features reporter at Military Times

Moderator: Howard Altman, of The War Zone

3:15 – 3:30: Break

3:30 – 4:30: Conversation with Haibatullah Alizai, last chief of the Afghan army

Moderated by Howard Altman of Military Times

Followed by audience questions

4:30 – 5:00: 2022 MRE Journalism Contest awards presentation

MRE President Jeff Schogol and  Ellen Shearer of Northwestern University

7:00: The Combat Correspondents Dinner will be at the National Press Club, 529 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20045. It will have a fixed-price menu (choices in each course) not including drinks that is $35 a head, not including tip and taxes. If you are going, please send an email to Jen Judson, jenjudson@gmail.com, so she can get a count.