The panel includes Margaret Sullivan of The Washington Post, recipient of NEFAC’s 2017 Stephen Hamblett First Amendment Award, and the following:
Robert Bertsche | Prince Lobel Tye LLP, NEFAC Board Member
Bill Ketter | Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc.
Asma Khalid | NPR, WBUR-Boston
Bill Kole (moderator) | Associated Press
Carolyn Lumsden | Hartford Courant
The discussion occurred on Feb. 25 during NENPA’s winter conference in Boston, Mass. NEFAC hosted its annual New England First Amendment Awards during the conference honoring Sullivan, the Sun Journal of Lewiston, Maine, and New Hampshire open government advocate Donna Green.
NEFAC was formed in 2006 to advance and protect the Five Freedoms of the First Amendment, including the principle of the public’s right to know. We’re a broad-based organization of people who believe in the power of an informed democratic society. Our members include lawyers, journalists, historians, academics and private citizens.
Our coalition is funded through contributions made by those who value the First Amendment and who strive to keep government accountable. Donations can be made here.
Major Supporters of NEFAC for this year include the Providence Journal Charitable Legacy Fund, The Robertson Foundation, Lois Howe McClure, The Boston Globe and Boston University. Celebration Supporters include The Hartford Courant and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.