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ABC World News Tonight Anchor David Muir to emcee Reporters Committee’s annual Freedom of the Press Awards

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On May 23, 2017, at the Pierre Hotel in New York, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press will…

On May 23, 2017, at the Pierre Hotel in New York, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press will hold its annual gala and present its Freedom of the Press Awards recognizing career achievements in protecting press freedom.

This year’s recipients are Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron, former Senior Vice President and Executive Editor of the Associated Press Kathleen Carroll, ProPublica Executive Chairman Paul Steiger, and the Media and First Amendment practice of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.

“Our 2017 honorees have worked tirelessly to uphold the values of the First Amendment and freedom of the press,” said Bruce Brown, executive director of the Reporters Committee. “Whether by the power of storytelling, through their leadership, or steadfast dedication to the law, each of our winners deserves recognition and the gratitude of journalists everywhere.”

David Muir, anchor of ABC World News Tonight, will emcee the evening which will feature special guest David McCraw, deputy general counsel of the New York Times, and a tribute to the late Gwen Ifill, cohost of the PBS NewsHour.

The event is expected to raise more than $1 million for the Reporters Committee and its mission to ensure a robust and vibrant free press by offering pro bono legal support to journalists and newsrooms. Major sponsors include Jeff Bezos and the Washington Post, Google, Microsoft, Davis Wright Tremaine, the Associated Press, AOL Inc., Meryl Streep, and Richard and Carole Rifkind.

“We are immensely grateful to our sponsors and contributors, both to this event and throughout the year, without whom we would not be able to do this work,” said David Boardman, chair of the Reporters Committee’s steering committee.

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