On May 17, the Reporters Committee presented its 2016 Freedom of the Press Awards to Eve Burton and the Office of General Counsel for Hearst, and to Alberto Ibargüen and Eric Newton of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The dinner took place at the Pierre, and was hosted by “NBC Nightly News” Anchor Lester Holt.
In addition, NBC News Special Correspondent Tom Brokaw received the Fred Graham Distinguished Service Award. Brokaw, one of the most popular news personalities, was honored in recognition of his two decades on the Reporters Committee board, and as a major champion of the free press.
All of the honorees were recognized for their work on behalf of First Amendment freedoms, the newsgathering rights of the press, and the public’s interest in open government.
“These honorees have spent their careers defending press freedom and the right to information,” said Reporters Committee Chair Pierre Thomas. “We are honored to recognize their impact on the world of journalism and, in turn, public accountability, and look forward to an evening of applauding their work and dedication.