2019 New England First Amendment Awards

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

Parking Options (TBA)


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

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

• 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

Roger Williams University | The Boston Globe | Boston University | Thomas Fiedler | Emerson College

Patron Supporters and Other Contributors

New England Newspaper & Press Association