2023 MRE Conference Agenda

Military Reporters & Editors Conference


October 27, 2023


Medill School of Journalism’s Washington Newsroom
1301 K Street, NW, Suite 200 West
Washington, DC 20005

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Agenda for 2023 MRE Conference

8:00 – 8:55

Meet and Greet

Socialize and network. Complimentary coffee and bagels available.

8:55 – 9:00


Opening remarks by MRE President Howard Altman

9:00 – 10:00

Covering Ukraine: The journalist’s perspective
Panel Discussion

  • Alex Marquardt, Chief National Security Correspondent, CNN
  • Vivian Salama, National Security Reporter, The Wall Street Journal
  • Frank Langfitt, Global Democracy Correspondent, NPR

Moderated by Megan Eckstein, Defense News

10:00 – 10:15


10:15 – 11:15

Public Affairs Officers
Panel Discussion

  • Air Force: Col. Allen Herritage
  • Army: Maj. Gen. John L. Rafferty, Jr.
  • Joint Staff: Col. David Butler
  • Navy: Capt. Tamara Lawrence

Moderated by Jen Judson, Defense News

11:15 – 11:30


11:30 – 12:20

Keynote Address by Her Excellency Oksana Markarova
Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States

Followed by Q&A, moderated by Carla Babb, VOA

12:20 – 1:00


1:00 – 1:50

Conversation with Courtney Kube
National Security and Military Correspondent, NBC News

Interview with Carla Babb, VOA

1:50 – 2:00


2:00 – 2:50

Covering Afghanistan: The Afghan journalist’s perspective
Panel Discussion

  • Zaki Daryabi, founder and CEO, Afghan newspaper Etilaatroz
  • Mohammad Taqi Daryabi, freelance filmmaker and video editor
  • Sami Mahdi, Editor in Chief, Amu Television

Moderated by Howard Altman, The War Zone

2:50 – 3:00


3:00 – 3:50

Keynote Address by General Eric M. Smith
Commandant of the Marine Corps

Followed by Q&A, moderated by Carla Babb, VOA

3:50 – 4:00


4:00 – 4:50

Israel and Gaza: A Dialogue with Gen. Joseph L. Votel (Retired) via Zoom
Former Commander of U.S. CENTCOM and Distinguished Fellow at the Middle East Institute

Moderated by Howard Altman, The War Zone

4:50 – 5:00


5:00 – 5:30

Military Reporters & Editors Awards Ceremony
2023 MRE Journalism Awards

Presented by MRE President Howard Altman

5:30 – 6:00

MRE’s MRE and Wine Tasting

Join us for a sampling of Meal(s), Ready to Eat and wine.

After Conference Option

7:30 p.m.

The Combat Correspondent’s Dinner

The dinner will be held at the National Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20045. Prix Fixe Dinner $45 (not including drinks, taxes, tip). If you plan on going, please send an email to Jen Judson. Thank you.

Updated 10/24/23