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The Fog of War Reporting: Journalists Examine Coverage of the Israel-Hamas War

Featuring Deborah Camiel, Philissa Cramer, Jodi Rudoren, Ben Samuels

Livestream Mar 7, 8:30am-9:30am ET Media & Entertainment
The October 7th massacre and the resulting Israel-Hamas war have further illuminated biases in the media and journalism, and raised concerns about how antisemitism can influence misreporting and promote misinformation amid the fog of war. What are the key signs of bias in the news? What are the consequences of one-sided reporting? And how can news organizations and journalists do a better job of providing balanced reporting from the region and getting their facts straight? Our panel of media experts will provide insights.


Philissa Cramer

Editor in chief, Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Philissa Cramer is the Jewish Telegraphic Agency’s editor in chief. Prior to joining JTA in 2020, she was a founder and editor at Chalkbeat, the nonprofit news organization covering education. She is a graduate of Brown University.


Jodi Rudoren

Editor in Chief, the Forward

Jodi Rudoren became editor-in-chief of the Forward in 2019 after more than two decades at The New York Times, including a stint as Jerusalem bureau chief.

Under her leadership, journalists at the Forward have won record numbers of Rockower Awards from the American Jewish Press Association, as well as prizes from New York’s Deadline Club, L.A.’s Press Club, the Religion News Association and the Society for Features Journalism. Jodi herself won the RNA’s top commentary award in 2022 and was a Deadline Club finalist for her weekly column, “Looking Forward.”

Jodi is a contributor to the anthology, Jewish Priorities: Sixty-five proposals for the future of our people, and a sought-after public speaker. During the Israel-Hamas war, she has appeared on CNN, MSNBC and WNYC’s “Brian Lehrer” show, among others.

At The Times, Jodi pioneered the masthead role of Associate Managing Editor for Audience, served on the 2020 committee designing the newsroom of the future, and won an Emmy Award as executive producer of the multimedia series “One in 8 Million.”

She grew up in Newton, Massachusetts, and graduated cum laude in 1992 from Yale University, where she was managing editor of The Yale Daily News. She and her husband, Gary, combined their surnames in 2006 and live in Montclair, N.J., with their teenaged twins. She is on the board of The Fuller Project, a nonprofit newsroom doing groundbreaking investigative work on gender.


Ben Samuels

U.S. Correspondent, Haaretz

Ben Samuels is the U.S correspondent for Israel’s Haaretz newspaper, based out of Washington. He has extensively covered the Biden administration’s approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, breaking news and offering deeply sourced analysis. Ben also covers Congress and how the Democratic and Republican parties have diverged on Israel, as well as evolving political and public debates around Israel and antisemitism. Ben was previously head of Haaretz’s news desk in Tel Aviv for several years prior to his current posting.



Deborah Camiel

Director, Media & Entertainment Institute (MEI), ADL

Deborah Camiel is the inaugural Director of the ADL Media & Entertainment Institute (MEI). She will lead the MEI’s engagement with the entertainment, media and related industries to increase understanding of antisemitism, combat bias, promote balanced, accurate press coverage of Jewish people and Israel and support more diverse representations of Jews on screen.

Deborah spent six years at CBS News — first leading the network’s editorial team in Tel Aviv, Israel and then at CBS Evening News in New York City — and seven years at Reuters international news agency’s Jerusalem bureau. She then spent ten years producing prime-time shows in the documentary unit at CNBC. Deborah also built a full-service communications department at 50+1 Strategies, a political consulting firm, and served as Director of Communications at the Birthright Israel Foundation.

Deborah graduated with a BA in English and two MAs in English and Jewish History from Stanford University. She is a Fulbright Scholar, a Hoover Institution Media Fellow and a Stanford Humanities Fellow. She is a member of the Overseas Press Club and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.