2019 New England First Amendment Awards


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About NEFAC’s First Amendment Awards Luncheon

February 15, 2019
12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel
606 Congress Street
Boston, Massachusetts

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12:30 p.m. Luncheon Begins
12:40 p.m. Welcoming Remarks and Introduction to Emcee
12:45 p.m. Luncheon Served
1 p.m. Presentation of the Antonia Orfield Citizenship Award
1:15 p.m. Presentation of the Michael Donoghue Freedom of Information Award
1:35 p.m. Presentation of the Stephen Hamblett First Amendment Award
2 p.m. Closing Remarks

Master of Ceremonies

Janet Wu, WCVB-Boston

Janet Wu, a member of NEFAC’s Board of Directors, served as WCVB’s NewsCenter 5 Massachusetts political reporter for more than 30 years. During that time, Wu was a key member of WCVB’s political unit and received a prestigious Emmy at the 2015 Emmy Awards presented by the National Academy of Televisions Arts and Sciences Boston/New England chapter. The award, in the Continuing Coverage – No Time Limit category, recognized Wu’s work on the station’s political coverage during the 2014 campaign season, an ongoing initiative entitled “Commitment 2014.” In 2015, Wu received the ‘Inspiration Award’ from the Asian Community Development Corporation for her consummate work as a political reporter. She was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Emerson College at the 2011 commencement, and in 2010, she was inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Wu was a member of the team at WCVB honored on multiple occasions with the coveted Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Political Journalism. The station was recognized for its candidate-orientated reporting and its effort to cover issues important to the local community. In 1998, she was awarded top honors in the Associated Press Investigative/ Enterprise category and the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for Investigative Reporting for her report entitled “Public Property, Private Lies.” Before coming to Channel 5, Wu was the State House reporter for WGBH-TV, Boston’s public television station. She also worked as a reporter for United Press International.

Award Nomination Materials (Deadline Jan. 11, 2019)

• Michael Donoghue Freedom of Information Award
• Antonia Orfield Citizenship Award

2019 Award Recipients

Stephen Engelberg, ProPublica | Stephen Hamblett First Amendment Award

Stephen Engelberg was the founding managing editor of ProPublica from 2008 to 2012, and became editor-in-chief in 2013. He worked previously as managing editor of The Oregonian in Portland, Oregon, where he supervised investigative projects and news coverage. Before that, he worked for 18 years at The New York Times as an editor and reporter, founding the paper’s investigative unit and serving as a reporter in Washington, D.C., and Warsaw. Among the numerous honors Engelberg has received during his career are two shared George Polk Awards for reporting: the first, in 1989, for articles on nuclear proliferation; the second, in 1994, for articles on U.S. immigration. A group of articles he co-authored in 1995 on an airplane crash was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize. Projects he supervised at the Times on Mexican corruption (published in 1997) and the rise of Al Qaeda (published beginning in January 2001) were awarded the Pulitzer Prize. During his years at The Oregonian, the paper won the Pulitzer for breaking news and was a finalist for its investigative work on methamphetamines and charities intended to help the disabled. He is the co-author of “Germs: Biological Weapons and America’s Secret War” (2001).

TBA | Michael Donoghue Freedom of Information Award

TBA | Antonia Orfield Citizenship Award

News and Press Coverage

• WCVB’s Janet Wu, Award-Winning Journalist, to Emcee New England First Amendment Awards | 12.7.18
• ProPublica Editor-in-Chief Stephen Engelberg to Receive NEFAC’s 2019 First Amendment Award | 11.6.18
• NEFAC Accepting Nominations for Annual Antonia Orfield Citizenship Award | 10.11.18
• NEFAC Seeking Nominations for Annual Michael Donoghue FOI Award; Deadline January 11 | 10.9.18

Sponsors and Table Hosts

WBUR-Boston | Roger Williams University | The Boston Globe | Boston University | Thomas Fiedler | Emerson College | Northeastern University | Boston 25 News

Patron Supporters and Other Contributors

New England Newspaper & Press Association