White House correspondents speaking at News Leadership Conference

In the era of “fake news” and President Trump’s twitter finger, the White House press corp has never been more visible or more vital, according to journalists doing the work.

Attendees to this year’s ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference will hear what it’s like to cover the president and his administration firsthand. Join White House Correspondents Major Garrett from CBS News and Gregory Korte from USA TODAY as they share their experiences at the “White House-media relations” session on Monday, Oct. 9 at 11 a.m.

Here’s a little more about the speakers.


Photo Courtesy: CBS News

Major Garrett

Major Garrett has been the Chief White House Correspondent for CBS News since 2012, where he reports for all CBS News broadcasts and platforms and is a substitute anchor of “Face The Nation.”

While covering the White House for CBS News, Garrett has reported extensively on presidential actions to confront ISIS, Ebola, and nuclear negotiations with Iran and U.S.-European efforts to confront Russia in the standoff over Ukraine. He also traveled with the president to Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Domestically, Garrett has reported on the health care, Veterans Administration policy and racial strife and criminal justice reform. Garrett also hosts “The Takeout” for CBS News, a weekly podcast about politics, policy and pop culture.

Before joining CBS News as Chief White House Correspondent, he partnered with the network while covering the 2012 Campaign as Chief White House Correspondent for the National Journal, co-hosting coverage of the 2011 South Carolina Republican Primary debate and offering analysis for every 2012 general election presidential debate.

Prior to National Journal, Garrett was the Chief White House Correspondent for Fox News, a White House correspondent for CNN, a senior editor and congressional correspondent for U.S. News and World Report, a congressional reporter for The Washington Times and the newspaper’s deputy national editor. Earlier in his career, Garrett was also a reporter for The Houston Post, Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Amarillo Globe-News.

Garrett also is the author of three books: “Common Cents,” with former Rep. Tim Penny (D-Minn.), Little, Brown Publisher, 1995; “The 15 Biggest Lies in Politics,” St. Martin’s 1999; “The Enduring Revolution,” Crown Forum 2005.

Garrett graduated from the University of Missouri with degrees in journalism and political science A San Diego native, Major now resides in Washington, D.C.


Photo Courtesy: USA TODAY

Gregory Korte

Panelist Gregory Korte is a White House correspondent for USA TODAY’s Washington Bureau, focusing on executive power and national security in the Trump presidency.

He’s covered the White House since 2014. Previously, he spent four years covering Congress and politics for USA TODAY.

Before that, he also he spent most of his career as a City Hall reporter, covering city government and politics at the Lorain, Ohio Morning Journal, the Akron Beacon Journal and the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Much of Gregory’s reporting requires extensive use of the Freedom of Information Act and database reporting. As a veteran reporter, he’s also covered a wide variety of less-conventional political campaigns, including a boy band singer’s run for mayor of Cincinnati and Jerry Springer’s run for Senate.

In May, Korte was awarded the 30th Annual Gerald R. Ford Journalism Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency to recognize his extensive work covering President Obama’s use of pardon power, which Korte tracked over time for the last two years of Obama’s presidency. Gregory’s previously received other national awards, including the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism, the Benjamin Fine Award for education reporting, and the Niles Cushing Dolbeare Award for housing reporting and the Fund for American Studies Excellence in Economic Journalism Award.

A native of Cincinnati, Korte graduated from Ohio University with bachelor’s degrees in journalism and political science. He now lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife and daughter.

Casey Smith is a senior at Ball State University. She will graduate in May 2018. Her email is smith.ann.casey@gmail.com.

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