National Security Media Fellowship

The Vandenberg Coalition’s mission to promote a strong and proud U.S. foreign policy hinges on having strong American leaders. To develop those leaders, the Vandenberg Coalition launched our inaugural National Security Media Fellowship in the spring of 2023, identifying emerging leaders in American journalism and working with them to provide strong policy ideas and resources for them over the course of their careers. It is critical that we remove any obstacles in the way of strong relationships between both policy-makers and journalists, given the vital role the media plays in preserving American democracy, bringing truth to the American public, and serving as both a conduit to and amplifier for the voices and views of the American people.

This May, we will be hosting our second annual fellowship from Tuesday, May 14 to Wednesday, May 15, 2024. Our fellowship class will join us in downtown Washington, DC for a day-and-a-half long series of private, on-the-record briefings from some of the nation’s foremost experts on a range of issues tailored to both the present and future of U.S. foreign policy and national security. 

Our fellowship cohort comes from a variety of publications, primarily in the Washington, DC area, with a range of experience from those recently joining the foreign policy beat to those who are a little more seasoned, having reported from across the globe. All have been identified as thoughtful, unbiased, and fundamentally curious journalists who are committed to the American public, civic discourse, and sharing facts. 

The 2024 Class:

Kayla Bartsch, National Review
Mike Brest, Washington Examiner
Matt Foldi, The Spectator
Carine Hajjar, Boston Globe
Landon Mion, Fox News
Logan Ratick, Newsmax
Marc Rod, Jewish Insider
Mary Trimble, The Dispatch
Matthew Xiao, Washington Free Beacon

Over the course of the rest of the year, our National Security Media Fellows will receive exclusive group and one-on-one briefings with the Vandenberg Coalition’s roster of experts, embargoed content detailing pertinent issues in the realm of defense and foreign affairs, and priority invitations to Vandenberg Coalition events as well as regular features for their foreign policy reporting in our newsletter, Beyond the Water’s Edge.

We are no longer accepting nominations for the 2024 National Security Media Fellowship cohort. The conference will occur in mid-May 2024 in downtown Washington, DC. For questions about the program or to nominate a journalist to participate in the 2025 cohort, please reach out to Vandenberg Director of Strategic Partnerships Sydney Novak at

The 2023 Class:


Collin Anderson, The Washington Free Beacon

Samantha Aschieris, The Daily Signal

Jack Detsch, Foreign Policy

Diana Glebova, Daily Caller

Robbie Gramer, Foreign Policy

Zach Kessel

Brady Knox, Washington Examiner

Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner

Caitlin McFall, Fox News

John Pietro, Spectator World

Jimmy Quinn, National Review

John Sakellariadis, POLITICO

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