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Freedom of the Press Awards

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press recognizes journalism and media law leaders at its annual Freedom of the Press Awards Dinner.


The Reporters Committee 50th Anniversary Celebration and 2020 Freedom of the Press Awards, presented by Microsoft, will be at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York on May 5, 2020.

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Previous Honorees


David G. Bradley, Atlantic Media
John Carreyrou, The Wall Street Journal
Andrea Mitchell, NBC News
April Ryan, American Urban Radio Networks and CNN
City Bureau Founders Harry Backlund, Andrea Hart, Bettina Chang, and Darryl Holliday, Rising Star Award


Dean Baquet, The New York Times
Robert Siegel, NPR
Lynn Novick, Florentine Films
Nabiha Syed, BuzzFeed News, Inaugural Rising Star Award


Martin Baron, The Washington Post
Kathleen Carroll, The Associated Press
Paul Steiger, ProPublica
The Media & First Amendment practice of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP


Tom Brokaw, NBC News, presented with the Fred Graham Distinguished Service Award
Eve Burton and the Office of General Counsel, Hearst
Alberto Ibargüen and Eric Newton, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

The Freedom of the Press Awards were annualized in 2016. 


Sharon Percy Rockefeller, WETA
Carol Rosenberg, The Miami Herald
Bruce Sanford, BakerHostetler
Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr., The New York Times


Fred Graham, Reporters Committee Founding Member, honored with the first Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press Distinguished Service Award
Josh Gerstein, Politico
Brian Lamb, C-SPAN Networks
Barbara Wall, Gannett Co. Inc.


Carl Bernstein, author; Lesley Stahl, CBS News, “60 Minutes”; Kurt Wimmer, Covington & Burling LLP; Bob Woodward, The Washington Post


Tom Curley, The Associated Press; Mark Goodman, Student Press Law Center; Colbert I. King, The Washington Post; Nina Totenberg, National Public Radio; Special Recognition: Charles Overby, The Freedom Forum/Newseum


Floyd Abrams, Cahill, Gordon & Reindel; Molly Ivins, Syndicated Columnist; Mike Wallace, CBS News, “60 Minutes”; Special Recognition: Hodding Carter, The Knight Foundation


Katharine Graham, The Washington Post


Jack Nelson, Los Angeles Times


Herb Block, The Washington Post; Ben Bradlee, The Washington Post; John Chancellor, NBC News; A.M. Rosenthal, The New York Times