February 28, 2024 | Press Release


February 28, 2024 | Press Release


WASHINGTON, D.C., February 28, 2024 – The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) announced its class of 2024 Media Fellows. The bipartisan group is comprised of journalists, producers, congressional staffers, and private sector specialists. As participants in the 2024 Media Fellows Program, the class will also join FDD’s National Security Network, comprised of more than 600 mid-career national security practitioners.

FDD’s Media Fellows Program provides educational programming 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 program also includes a National Security Trip to Israel, taking place in May 2024.

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 these impressive individuals into FDD’s 2024 Media Fellows Program and National Security Network,” said Clifford D. May, FDD’s founder and president. “FDD remains committed to providing exceptional educational programming and professional development opportunities for rising media professionals in the national security sphere.”

More information about the FDD Media Fellows Program can be found at https://www.fdd.org/media-fellows-program/

FDD 2024 Media Fellows

  • Cristian Diaz Hernandez, U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL).
  • Megan Eckstein, Defense News
  • Harry Fones, U.S. House of Representatives Freedom Caucus
  • Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner
  • Lynelle Haugabrook, Peraton Inc.
  • Bethany Holden, U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI)
  • Gabe Kaminsky, Washington Examiner
  • Adam Kredo, The Washington Free Beacon
  • Charlotte Lawson, The Dispatch
  • Maryam Manzoori, The Independent Persian
  • Timothy Nerozzi, Fox News Digital
    • Blake Ruppe, Fox Business Network
    • Hope Seck, Freelance
    • Wilson Shirley, Goldman Sachs
    • David Siegel, NewsNation
    • Ben Wolfgang, The Washington Times

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


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