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Ron Meyer

Editor, Red Alert Politics

Ron Meyer is editor of Red Alert Politics (RAP), which focuses on younger and millennial readers, reaching more than one million monthly readers. RAP also produces an annual “30 under 30” list of influential conservatives under 30.

In 2015, Ron was elected to the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors and is Northern Virginia’s youngest elected official. He often appears on Fox News, Fox Business, and radio shows nationwide.

Previously, he was spokesman of Young America’s Foundation.

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Rene Marsh

CNN Correspondent

Rene Marsh is CNN’s aviation and government regulation correspondent, based in the network’s Washington bureau. In this position, Marsh reports on all issues related to aviation and transportation – from safety and security to passenger issues, in addition to government regulation.

Marsh joined the network in 2012, and has since reported on several high profile assignments including the disappearance of commercial passenger plane, MH370. Marsh also covered the shoot down of MH17 over Ukraine. During her tenure at CNN Marsh also reported on the ill-fated Asiana flight 214, the U.S Supreme Court Affordable Care Act, and the death of 25 year old Baltimore man, Freddie Gray, who died in police custody.

Prior to CNN, Marsh was a general assignment correspondent for WSVN in Miami, Florida, covering breaking news, local politics, education and sports. She also worked as an investigative reporter and weekend anchor at CBS 6 in Albany, New York.  Marsh started her career as a reporter and anchor at KTAL in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Marsh graduated with honors from Binghamton University and earned a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

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Advance Team

Laura Townsley

Advance Team Member

Laura is a senior at Virginia Tech studying Human Development and Psychology. She is on the leadership board for Cru at Virginia Tech, as the Production Manager where she has found her love of event planning and management. Laura is also involved in Chi Delta Alpha, a service sorority, where she has completed over 100 hours of community service. Laura studied abroad in Switzerland and Rwanda last fall, and after graduating hopes to continue to travel the world. She is very grateful for this opportunity to serve on the Advance Team and is looking forward to everything she will experience and learn through this position.

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Madison O’Conner

Advance Team Member

Madison will be a graduating senior at George Mason University in the Fall 2017 semester. She will be the first of her family to be completing her bachelor’s degree and hopes to inspire other first generation students to achieve the same. Madison is studying Tourism and Events Management within George Mason University’s School of Recreation Health and Tourism. She has had the unique opportunity to work with the Office of Admissions helping prospective students and working as an events intern. Throughout Madison’s undergraduate career she has been involved in many campus organizations and activities including Greek life, GMU Upcycling club, intramural sports and various dance clubs. She has held leadership roles in the GMU Upcycling club, as a member if her sorority’s executive council and will be a panhellenic recruitment counselor in the Fall 2017 semester. Madison cannot wait to help the students attending the Washington Scholars Program prepare for their future!

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Michael Latimer

Advance Team Member

Michael Latimer is a recent graduate of George Mason University and a native of Miami, Florida. A member of the Honors College, he received his Bachelor of Science studying Environmental Science with a concentration in Conservation. A Washington Youth Summit on the Environment alumnus, he always had a passion for environmental conservation and the Washington Scholars Program (WSP). Here at Mason, he has been an intern with the Admissions Office for WSP and the events management team and previously was a Junior Faculty Advisor for the conferences. In the fall of 2016, he attended the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation (SMSC) in Front Royal, VA, exploring the ways that science, management and policy address current conservation issues in and out of the field. While at SMSC, he had the amazing opportunity working with the institute’s small animal population on site and was a resident advisor as well. Other opportunities he has had were being part of the Green Patriots, Mason’s club volleyball team, and worked with the restoration of pine rocklands in Miami Dade County. Michael can’t wait to work at the conference and meet all the amazing people!

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Brianna “Bree” St. Clair

Event Coordinator & Advance Team Member

Brianna (“Bree”) is an Event Coordinator for George Mason’s Office of Admissions and the Overnight Advance Team Member for the Washington Scholars Program (WSP). In her role as Event Coordinator, she works alongside Selina, the Event Manger, to plan and run all recruitment events for George Mason University. As the Overnight Advance Team Member, Brianna will handle matters that may arise after normal conference hours in addition to facilitating the on-campus logistics for the conference. Brianna earned her BA in Theater with a minor in Tourism and Event Management from George Mason University in May 2015 and is currently pursuing an MA in Arts Management. Brianna can’t wait to work her second conference season with her new WSP family!

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Alex Rosenwald

ALEX ROSENWALD

Senior Director of Strategic Communications and Publicity for MediaDC

Alex Rosenwald is Senior Director of Strategic Communications and Publicity for MediaDC, where he is responsible for the communications and publicity of the operating company and the Washington Examiner. At MediaDC, he focuses on Strategic communications & tactical implementation: extending MediaDC and the Washington Examiner among traditional & new media, and the staff to implement it. He earned a BS degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University.

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Michelle Marsh

WJLA/ABC 7 News Anchor

Michelle Marsh is an Emmy Award winning journalist. Michelle joined the team in January 2016. She anchors the 4 p.m. newscast for WJLA/ABC 7 and the Late Night Report at 10 p.m. for NewsChannel 8.

Michelle came to ABC7/WJLA-TV from WRAL-TV in Raleigh, NC where she spent 4 years as a morning and noon anchor. While in Raleigh, she was awarded two Emmy’s for breaking news coverage and best newscast.

Prior to working in North Carolina, Michelle anchored and reported in Atlanta, GA for WGCL. Michelle is a native New Yorker and began her career as a reporter at stations in Binghamton and Albany. She is an alumnus of Syracuse University, graduating Magna Cum Laude from the prestigious S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications with a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism.

Michelle’s move to the DMV brings her closer to family. Her sister Rene is the Aviation and Government Regulation Correspondent for CNN based in Washington, D.C.

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Nia- Malika Henderson

Senior Political Reporter, CNN

Nia-Malika Henderson is a senior political reporter for CNN. She reports broadly on the 2016 campaign for CNN’s digital and television platforms, with a special focus on identity politics — exploring the dynamics of demographics, race and religion, and reporting on the groups of people who help shape national elections.

Prior to joining CNN, Henderson was a national political reporter for The Washington Post, where she covered the White House, the 2012 presidential campaign, the 2010 mid-term elections and anchored The Post’s Election 2012 blog. She also covered the first two years of the Obama administration for Politico and was Newsday’s lead reporter covering Obama’s 2008 campaign, the Democratic primary race and the Democratic National Convention. Before joining Newsday’s national staff, she wrote for The Baltimore Sun.

Henderson graduated cum laude from Duke University with a bachelor’s degree in literature and cultural anthropology, and earned master’s degrees from Yale University in American studies and Columbia University in journalism.

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Savannah Behrmann

Junior Faculty Advisor

Savannah Behrmann is a rising senior at George Mason University where she is studying Communications with minors in Political Science and Global Affairs, aspiring to be a political journalist. Hailing originally from Nephi, Utah, Savannah fell in love with the opportunities, location, and diversity the DC Metro area has to offer. She was nominated to attend the Washington Journalism and Media Conference in 2013 and the following summer, was 1 of 4 students out of the 250 correspondents to return as an intern. During her first three years at George Mason, Savannah has stayed involved on campus by serving as a Mason Ambassador, working as a reporter for both Mason Cable News and The Fourth Estate, and has contributed to Her Campus and The Odyssey. She is a sister of Alpha Omicron Pi international sorority, where she has served as both the Vice President of Communications and currently is serving as the Vice President of Chapter Development for the Gamma Alpha chapter. Taking full advantage of the opportunities in the DC Metro area, she has served as a Washington Scholars Intern for three years, and served as the Editorial Intern at Northern Virginia Magazine. She was selected to be the Spring 2017 Editorial Intern on the Opinion/Editorial Page at USA Today, where her column on the “Fearless Girl” made the front page of the newspaper. Savannah continues to learn how true journalism is the backbone to a successful democracy, and hopes to one day relay true news to the people on a national and international scale.