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Friends & Benefactors Banquet

Award Recipients | Guest Speakers


American Horizon Awardees

Freedom of Speech Awardees

2016 Perry A. Sook
Chairman, President & CEO
Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc.
Presented by Adonis E. Hoffman
2016 Ajit V. Pai
FCC Commissioner
Presented by Robert McDowell
2015 Meredith Attwell Baker
President & CEO
CTIA–The Wireless Association
Presented by Larry Irving
2015 Peggy Noonan
Author and Columnist
The Wall Street Journal
Presented by Bob Woodward  
2014 Gracia Martore
President & CEO
Gannett Co., Inc.
Presented by Gary B. Pruitt 
2014 Senator Chris Dodd
Chairman & CEO
Motion Picture Association of America
Presented by Carl Hulse 
2013 Senator Gordon Smith
President & CEO
Nat. Association of Broadcasters
Presented by Rep. Greg Walden 
2013 Josh Sapan
President & CEO
AMC Networks
Presented by Brian Lamb
2012 John Riccitiello
Electronic Arts
Presented by
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski
2012 Bob Pittman
Clear Channel
Presented by Senator Roger F. Wicker
2011 Randall Stephenson
Chairman & CEO
Presented by Ben Jealous

Robert M. McDowell
FCC Commissioner
Presented by Rod Smolla

2010 Rupert Murdoch
Chairman & CEO
News Corporation
Presented by Joel I. Klein
2010 Kyle E. McSlarrow
President & CEO
National Cable & Telecommunications Association
Presented by Decker Anstrom
2009 Gary Shapiro
President & CEO
Consumer Electronics Assn.
Presented by Rep. Darrell Issa
2009 Rep. Rick Boucher
U.S. House of Representatives
Presented by Lucy Dalglish
2008 Andrea Wong
President & CEO
Lifetime Entertainment Services
Presented by Kyle E. McSlarrow
2008 Peter Chernin
President & COO
News Corporation
Presented by Sen. Patrick J. Leahy
2007 Kenneth W. Lowe
President & CEO
E.W. Scripps
Presented by Pat Mitchell
2007 Tony Snow
Press Secretary
White House
Presented by Ann Compton
2006 Glenn A. Britt
President & CEO
Time Warner Cable
Presented by Decker Anstrom
2006 Sumner M. Redstone
CBS Corporation & Viacom
Presented by Dan Glickman
2005 David J. Barrett
President & CEO
Hearst-Argyle Television, Inc.
Presented by Wade Hargrove
2005 Roger Ailes
Chairman & CEO
Fox News
Presented by Alan Frank
2004 Geraldine Laybourne
Chairman & CEO
Oxygen Media
Presented by Commissioner Kathleen Abernathy
2004 Bob Wright
Chairman & CEO
NBC Universal
Presented by Tim Russert
2003 Dennis FitzSimons
Tribune Company
Presented by Don Cornelius
2003 Brian Lamb
Chairman & CEO
Presented by Dr. Michael Kelley
2002 Ralph Roberts
Presented by Charlie Rose
2002 James Kennedy
Chairman & CEO
Cox Enterprises
Presented by Ambassador Andrew Young
2001 Charles Dolan
Cablevision Systems Corp.
Presented by The Honorable William Kennard
2001 Barbara Cochran
Radio-Television News Directors Assn.
Presented by Judy Woodruff
2000 Robert L. Johnson
Chairman & CEO
BET Holdings II
Presented by Chairman William Kennard
2000 Jeff Bezos
Presented by Tom Brokaw
1999 Decker Anstrom
President & CEO
The Weather Channel
Presented by Judith McHale
1999 Comm. Michael K. Powell
Federal Communications Commission
Presented by The Honorable Harry Edwards
1998 Steve Case
Chairman & CEO
America Online, Inc.
Presented by Commissioner Susan Ness
1998 Robert Decherd
President & CEO
A.H. Belo Corporation
Presented by Leslie Moonves
1997 Edward O. Fritts
President & CEO
National Association of Broadcasters
Presented by Jack Valenti
1997 Richard M. Schmidt, Jr.
General Counsel, ASNE
Cohn and Marks
Presented by Geneva Overholser
1996 John S. Hendricks
Founder, Chairman & CEO
Discovery Communications, Inc.
Presented by James Billington, Librarian of Congress
1996 Sen. Patrick J. Leahy
U.S. Senate
Presented by John Perry Barlow of Electronic Frontier Foundation
1995 Rep. Jack M. Fields, Jr.
U.S. House of Representatives
1995 Donald V. West
Editor & Senior Vice President
Broadcasting & Cable Magazine
1994 Frank J. Biondi, Jr.
President & CEO
Viacom Inc.
Presented by Ivan Seidenberg, President of NYNEX
1994 Nadine Strossen
American Civil Liberties Union
1993 John Seigenthaler
The Freedom Forum
1992 Richard E. Wiley
Senior Partner
Wiley Rein & Fielding

Special Guest Speakers


Patricia de Stacy Harrison
President & CEO
Corporation for Public Broadcasting


Rep. Bob Goodlatte
U.S. House of Representatives


Commissioner Ajit Pai


Acting Chairwoman
Mignon Clyburn


  Floyd Abrams
Senior Partner
Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP
2012 Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel

Senator Mark Warner
United States Senate

2010 Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker
2009 David Westin
ABC News
2008 Floyd Abrams
Senior Partner
Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP
2007 Peter Pritchard
The Newseum
2006 Commissioner Robert McDowell
2005 The Hon. Bruce Cole
National Endowment for the Humanities
2003 Commissioner Kevin Martin
2002 Commissioner Kathleen Abernathy
2001 Rep. Fred Upton
U.S. House of Representatives
2000 Rep. Rick Boucher
U.S. House of Representatives