The Washington Journalism and Media Conference

Advisory Board Speakers

Savannah Behrmann


Senate Correspondent, National Journal

Savannah Rose Behrmann is the Senate Correspondent for National Journal, where she roams the halls of Capitol Hill focusing on the legislative and bipartisan gridlock of Congress’ upper chamber.  Prior, she served as a Congressional Reporter at USA TODAY, where she led the newspaper’s coverage of both chambers of Congress. Previously, she worked as a Politics NOW Reporter at USA TODAY, covering breaking political news that ranged from the 2020 election, Congress, the White House, and the Supreme Court. Beforehand, she was a News Associate at CNN. Savannah hails from Utah, and attended George Mason University, where she graduated in 2018. She is a proud alumna of the Washington Journalism and Media Conference, which she attended as a National Youth Correspondent in 2013, and then worked as a staff member for several years.

Advisory Board Photographer Speakers

Meghan A.T.B. Reese


Producer, Writer, & Photographer

Meghan Reese is a producer, writer, and photographer. Reese’s credits include producing and writing for National Geographic, Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, History Channel, Smithsonian Channel, A&E, Animal Planet, HGTV, Investigation Discovery, Discovery Family, PBS, Sony/IMAX’s 3Net 3D films, Capital TV Pakistan, the White House, and the Department of State. Reese also runs Ography, her own photography and multimedia shop, capturing events for the National Park Service, the White House, George Mason University, and many other businesses, families and couples. Reese’s first step into production was as a researcher and assistant director for WGBH PBS’s news coverage team, where Reese covered major news events including the 2008 presidential election, the passing of Senator Ted Kennedy, and Boston’s Craigslist Killer. Prior to making the switch to television and film, Reese was an award-winning writer and editor for several newspapers, medical, health and lifestyle magazines, and executive editor of Today’s Dietitian Cookbook. Her writing career began in the Life section of USA Today, covering fashion, trends, and popular culture. Reese holds a journalism degree from American University, where she held several prestigious internships around the Metro area, including The Washington Post, CNN, NPR, and at the White House.

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Vaughn Ververs


Political Editor,

Vaughn Ververs is currently the political editor for Ververs, a veteran reporter and media writer formerly served as an editor for Politico, as well as senior political editor for, responsible for daily coverage and long-term planning for the website’s political coverage.

Before joining the CBS News interactive group as editor of Public Eye at its inception in 2005, Mr. Ververs served as the editor of The Hotline, Washington D.C.’s premier daily online political news source, and wrote Talking Heads, a weekly column explaining how the press covers Washington. While at The Hotline, Mr. Ververs was a regular guest on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal and frequently discussed campaign news and events on shows such as PBS’ The McLaughlin Group, Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor and MSNBC’s Hardball. In addition, he frequently appeared on CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC and Fox News Channel as a political analyst and was a regular guest on ABC radio’s John Batchelor Show. Prior to that, he worked with the Fox News Channel as a field producer, booker, line producer and associate producer for Fox News Sunday (1997-98). He was an associate producer and researcher for the political unit of CBS News (1995-96).

Before his journalism career began, Ververs was the deputy press secretary for Pat Buchanan’s presidential campaign in 1992. Ververs was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and grew up in Simla, Colorado. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife and three children.

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Dr. Robert Lichter


President, Center for Media and Public Affairs

Dr. Licther is a member of the Communications faculty as well as a consultant for Fox News Channel and Voter News Service. He is the President and founder of The Center for Media and Public Affairs. CMPA is a nonpartisan research and educational organization which conducts scientific studies of news and entertainment media. He has also authored two books, Prime Time and Watching America, as well as coauthored several books that examine the media’s coverage of government and election campaigns with Dr. Stephen Farnsworth.

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Ann Klenk


Former Senior Producer, Hardball with Chris Matthews, MSNBC

Ann Klenk is a retired senior producer for MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews.  Ms. Klenk started her career in Washington broadcast journalism in 1976 as a business reporter for WTOP radio and Channel 9. She moved to cable in the 1980s producing financial and political programming, including a nightly investigative magazine show.  In 1991, Ms. Klenk was hired to start the CNBC’s first primetime bureau in Washington and created “Equal Time with Mary Matalin and Jane Wallace” and launched “Russert” and “McLaughlin” on the network.

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Steve Klein


Professor Emeritus/Journalism, George Mason University

Mr. Klein specializes in a cross-platform journalism approach and provides workshops for high school programs through his “Journalism for the Rest of Us” initiative and as a Teacher Consultant for the Northern Virginia Writing Project. He has taught classes in Writing Across Media, News Writing and Reporting, Introduction to Journalism, Online Journalism, Sports Writing and Reporting and Political Journalism at George Mason University, American University, Cape Cod Community College and Michigan State University. Mr. Klein will also teach History of Journalism (From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg) at GMU and a Journalism Practicum and Feature Writing at Mary Washington University during fall 2014. Prior to coming to Mason, he served as Online Sports Editor of USA TODAY, and also worked at the Lansing State Journal, Tennis magazine, the Stamford (Conn.) Advocate, Enterprise Radio/The Sports Network, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Akron Beacon Journal, for the Cleveland Crusaders of the World Hockey Association, the South Bend Tribune, the Wisconsin (Madison) State Journal and the Milwaukee Journal.

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Dr. T. Mills Kelly


Professor, Global Affairs Program, George Mason University

Dr. Kelly is currently a professor with the Global Affairs Program at George Mason University as well as an associate professor in the Department of History and Art History, and an associate director of the Center for History and New Media.

CHNM uses digital media and technology to preserve and present history online, transform scholarship across the humanities, and advance historical education and understanding. Each year CHNM’s many project websites receive over 16 million visitors, and over a million people rely on its digital tools to teach, learn, and conduct research.

Dr. Kelly is also a Georgetown University Research Fellow on the influence of digital media on student learning in history.

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Andrew Flagel


President and CEO, Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area

Andrew Flagel is President and CEO of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. He received his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Consortium member George Washington University, where he served as a regional director of admissions before being appointed as director of admissions for the Congressional Youth Leadership Council. He later received his PhD from Michigan State University’s prestigious program in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education while serving as a director in Flint for the University of Michigan, focusing his research on access and inclusion.

As Dean of Enrollment for over a decade at another Consortium member, George Mason University, Flagel created ground-breaking new programs for members of the military, veterans, international, and transfer students, founded and led the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment and the Washington Journalism and Media Conference, and spearheaded the Pathways partnership with Northern Virginia Community College and Fairfax County Public Schools. He left Mason to become Senior Vice President at Brandeis University, serving as both their chief student affairs and chief enrollment officer. Just prior to joining the Consortium, he served as Vice President for Advancement at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) where he successfully developed a broad range of innovative partnerships with non-profit organizations, foundations, and private companies to support quality and equity throughout higher education.

Flagel is a Visiting Senior Scholar at The George Washington University, and serves on the Board of Trustees for and the DC College Access Program, on the Board of Directors for the Greater Washington Board of Trade, and as the State Executive for the District of Columbia for the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. He is also a member of the Presidents’ Trust for the American Association of Colleges and Universities, the Washington Higher Education Secretariat, the Millennium Campus Network Global Education Council, the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, the Washington Journalism and Media Conference Advisory Board, and the Sewanee Summer Music Festival Board of Advisors. He previously served as a Senior Scholar for the National Research Center for College and University Admissions, and on the Board of Trustees for the Tremont School. His wife, Jennifer, is Assistant Vice President and Director of Graduate Admissions at Bentley University, and their son is a student at Denison University.

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Sam Feist


Senior Vice President, CNN/U.S. and Washington, D.C. Bureau Chief

Sam Feist is senior vice president for CNN/U.S. and Washington, D.C. bureau chief.  Since January 2009, Feist has served CNN’s political director and vice president of Washington-based programming, overseeing Washington programming, including John King, USAThe Situation Room with Wolf BlitzerState of the Union with Candy Crowley, and Reliable Sources. As political director, he also coordinated all facets of CNN’s daily political coverage including the production of political specials such as primary nights, conventions, and election nights.

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Jennifer Carroll


Editor, Mission Point Press

Jennifer Carroll has a lifelong passion for helping others write, find personal connections, tell stories.

She worked at three Michigan newspapers in reporting, writing, coaching and top editing/management roles, including as managing editor of the Lansing State Journal and then at The Detroit News. She joined the Burlington (VT) Free Press as executive editor.

She also served as a digital content vice president for Gannett in Washington, D.C.

She collaborated with writers, videographers, web designers and editors across Gannett, leading extensive training on digital storytelling tools including video and mobile design. She won several awards for her work on innovation in digital publishing, and for launching a series of print entertainment publications and related niche products.

She enjoys editing, writing coaching, ghost writing and helping others synthesize thoughts into words. She has edited several books for authors with Mission Point Press.

She retired from Gannett and returned to Michigan in 2015. She also is a glass artist with displays in Charlevoix area art galleries.