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The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press will present its 2016 Freedom of the Press Awards to Eve Burton and the Office of General Counsel for Hearst and to Alberto Ibargüen and Eric Newton of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation at a dinner ceremony May 17 at The Pierre Hotel in New York City.
At the awards dinner, NBC News Special Correspondent Tom Brokaw will receive the Fred Graham Distinguished Service Award.
Co-chairs of the 2016 Freedom of the Press Awards Dinner are Tim Armstrong, CEO of AOL Inc., and Lee C. Bollinger, president of Columbia University. The evening will be hosted by "NBC Nightly News" Anchor Lester Holt.
The honorees are being recognized for their work on behalf of First Amendment freedoms, the newsgathering rights of the press, and the public’s interest in open government.
"These honorees have spent their careers defending press freedom and the right to information," said Reporters Committee Chair Pierre Thomas of ABC News. "We are honored to recognize their impact on the world of journalism and, in turn, public accountability, and look forward to an evening of applauding their work and dedication.
"The Reporters Committee also is indebted to our dinner chairs, host and supporters for signing on to make the 2016 Freedom of the Press Awards a great success," Thomas added.
Information about tables and tickets for the dinner – as well as complete biographies of the honorees, dinner chairs and host – can be found on the Reporters Committee website at www.rcfp.org/awardsdinner2016. Supporters also can contact Tracey Doolin of Inez Weinstein Special Events Inc., at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-254-6677.
About the Reporters Committee
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press was founded by leading journalists and media lawyers in 1970 when the nation’s news media faced a wave of government subpoenas asking reporters to name confidential sources. Today it provides legal resources and support to protect First Amendment freedoms and the newsgathering rights of journalists. Funded by corporate, foundation, and individual contributions, the Reporters Committee serves the nation’s leading news organizations; thousands of reporters, editors, and media lawyers; and many more who use our online and mobile resources. For more information, go to www.rcfp.org, or follow us on Twitter @rcfp.
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