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Media Access to the Wilson Center

We appreciate your interest in attending public events at The Wilson Center and engaging with our staff and scholars through interviews. As we are located within the Ronald Reagan Building (1300 Pennsylvania Ave.) it is essential for visiting media to adhere to federal security regulations when accessing our premises, particularly when bringing cameras and other equipment.

Prior approval is required for bringing equipment into the building. To ensure a smooth visit, please reach out to Ryan McKenna (202-691-4217, to initiate the process. Our team will guide you through each step and assist with any inquiries you may have.

Key Points and Reminders:

  • All individuals entering the Reagan Building must present a government-issued photo ID and undergo a security screening.
  • Video recording equipment is subject to clearance by security before entry. Contact The Wilson Center to arrange necessary approvals in advance.
  • For questions regarding our media policy or if you plan to bring equipment, please contact Ryan McKenna.
  • Upon arrival, you will be escorted to a suitable area for interviews or event coverage. Please avoid obstructing exits, stairwells, or areas designated for staff use.
  • During events, please respect the format and speakers. Set up video cameras at the back of the room on tripods, and refrain from photographing beyond the third row unless instructed otherwise.
  • Post-event interviews can be arranged through Ryan McKenna or relevant staff.
  • We aim to accommodate your needs with flexibility, contingent upon your cooperation with outlined procedures.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation.