Thank you for your interest in covering the National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting, February 23-26, at the JW Marriott in Washington, D.C. Please read below about the various ways media can cover the event.

The NGA Winter Meeting is one of two primary gatherings of the nation’s governors that serve as the business meetings of the association. The program typically includes a variety of sessions open to the media. Governors-only sessions are closed to the media and other meeting attendees.

The NGA Office of Communications is at reporters’ and editors’ service before and during the meeting. A media headquarters will be onsite to give reporters an area to work and file their stories. Wifi is provided. In addition, NGA Office of Communications staff will be onsite and available to answer questions and facilitate interviews with governors.

Media covering any portion of the NGA Winter Meeting should plan to obtain an official NGA 2018 meeting credential.

The deadline for advance online registration is noon Friday, February 16. Reporters and producers who miss advance registration should plan to register at the JW Marriott Hotel beginning Thursday, February 22, but could experience delays in clearing security and obtaining their NGA credentials. All media must pick up their individual credentials in person at the NGA Meeting Registration Center.

NOTE: Two forms of identification will be required to pick up an NGA media credential. Proper identification must include a government-issued photo ID (such as a driver’s license) and a current, valid press credential or business card.

Covering NGA Business Sessions

At sessions open to the media, we ask that reporters sit anywhere not explicitly marked “reserved.” Please refrain from sitting on camera risers. We ask that cameras give a respectful distance to the governors during their business sessions; in other words, no closer than two rows of chairs behind the governors’ seating area. Only official NGA event photographers are permitted additional access during business sessions.

 The NGA Office of Communications reserves the right to revoke a credential from any member of the media who does not follow these guidelines for covering the meeting sessions or who acts in an inappropriate manner at any time during the meeting or associated events.

Media Headquarters will be located in the Justice Room at the JW Marriott. Media Headquarters will be equipped with limited phones and Internet connections. Hours of operation during the meeting are:

Media Headquarters Hours

Saturday, February 24
9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 25
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The NGA Office of Communications is your resource for connecting with governors and their staff for interviews and can arrange meeting space at the JW Marriott, depending on availability. Please send press inquiries to Elena Waskey at (202) 624-5301 or