May 25, 2023 | Press Release


May 25, 2023 | Press Release


WASHINGTON, D.C., May 24, 2023 – The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) announced its class of 2023 Media Fellows. The bi-partisan group is comprised of: mid-career journalists; editors; broadcasters; Congressional staffers; private sector and non-profit communications specialists; and a member of the U.S. military. Upon completion of the program, the Media Fellows will join FDD’s National Security Network comprised of more than 500 mid-career practitioners.

FDD’s Media Fellows Program provides educational programing and professional development opportunities to help media professionals gain a deeper understanding of the intersection between media, strategic communications, public diplomacy, misinformation, disinformation, and national security.

The Media Fellows Program is part of FDD’s Barish Center for Media Integrity. In addition to providing skill-building opportunities and access to leading national security professionals for media fellows, the Center also addresses the national security threats posed by misinformation campaigns and influence operations waged by foreign adversaries against the United States and allied democracies.

“I am pleased to welcome this exceptional group of media professionals into our second Media Fellows Program class,” said FDD’s Founder and President Clifford D. May. “I spent many years as a as a reporter, editor, and foreign correspondent. I’m confident that FDD’s program will contribute significantly to the development of the next generation of national security media professionals.”

More information about the FDD Media Fellows Program can be found at

FDD 2023 Media Fellows

  • Carla Babb, Voice of America (VOA)
  • Emily Benavides, P2 Public Affairs
  • Andrew Bernard, The Algemeiner
  • Melissa Braunstein, independent writer
  • Mike Brest, Washington Examiner
  • Spencer Brown,
  • Esther Eaton, The Dispatch
  • Diana Glebova, Daily Caller
  • Robert Julien, U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ)
  • Zachary Kahler, U.S. Rep. Eli Crane (R-AZ)
  • Harvest Prude, The Dispatch
  • Samantha Renck Aschieris, The Heritage Foundation
  • Carlos Roa, The National Interest
  • Leslie Shedd, U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX)
  • Miranda Summers Lowe, Army National Guard Bureau Office of the Legislative Liaison
  • Xavier Underwood, U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC)
  • Grace Wright, U.S. Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO)

To contact FDD media relations, please email [email protected].


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