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Speakers included Columbia Journalism School dean Steve Coll, Reuters columnist and former New York Times reporter David Rohde, held captive for seven months by the Taliban before he escaped; New York Times foreign correspondent Rukmini Callimachi, previously the West Africa bureau chief for The Associated Press; Phil Balboni, GlobalPost CEO and co-founder, who spent two years fighting for Foley's release; Nicole Tung, a freelance conflict photographer and Foley friend who first discovered him missing; and Joel Simon, executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists.

This event was sponsored by Columbia Journalism School, the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, the Committee to Protect Journalists and the Overseas Press Club of America.