Alhurra Television had the most extensive coverage of the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism of any Arabic-language television network. The three days of coverage included live broadcasting with simultaneous translation of remarks made by President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, National Security Advisor Susan Rice, and Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson. Alhurra also carried the panel discussion “Understanding Violent Extremism Today” live in its entirety.
On December 17, as the news broke of President Obama’s decision to normalize relations with Cuba, the Martís carried the breaking story live to the island. Reporters and staff in the Martí newsroom deftly reported on U.S. contractor Alan Gross’s release, while preparing for the historic simultaneous speeches by President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro.