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Awardee Profiles - 2003

Brian P. Lamb, Freedom of Speech Award
Dennis J. FitzSimons, American Horizon Award
Kevin J. Martin, Special Guest

Brian P. Lamb, Recipient of the Freedom of Speech Award

Brian P. Lamb helped found C-SPAN -- the Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network -- and has served as chief executive officer since 1979. Today, more than 86 million households can view C-SPAN's flagship television network.

Mr. Lamb began his media career at Indiana radio and TV stations while in school, eventually hosting the locally popular "Dance Date" television program. After graduating from Purdue University, Mr. Lamb joined the Navy. His tour included stints in the Johnson White House and the Pentagon public affairs office during the Vietnam War.

Mr. Lamb later returned to Washington as a freelance reporter for UPI Audio, a Senate press secretary, and a White House telecommunications policy staffer. In 1974, he created The Media Report newsletter and served as Washington bureau chief for Cablevision magazine.

C-SPAN today employs 275 people and offers three 24-hour networks: C-SPAN (U.S. House and political events); C-SPAN2 (U.S. Senate and the weekend Book TV); and C-SPAN3 (for systems offering digital cable packages). C-SPAN also programs WCSP, an FM satellite radio station, and has an extensive Internet presence (

Mr. Lamb is a regular on-air presence for C-SPAN and has also hosted "Booknotes" since 1989. He has published three books based on that series.

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Dennis J. FitzSimons, Recipient of the American Horizon Award

Dennis J. FitzSimons became chief executive officer of Tribune Company in January 2003. He was named president and chief operating officer in July 2001, and was elected to the Tribune board of directors in 2000.

Mr. FitzSimons was appointed Tribune executive vice president in January 2000, with responsibility for the company's broadcasting, publishing, and interactive groups, as well as the Chicago Cubs. He continued to serve as president of Tribune Broadcasting Company, which he led from 1994 to 2003. He was president of Tribune Television from 1992 to 1994.

A native of New York, Mr. FitzSimons is a graduate of Fordham University. He is chairman of the Media Security and Reliability Council of the FCC, a director of the Newspaper Association of America, and a member of The Business Council. He is also a member of the board of trustees of Northwestern University and the board of visitors of the Medill School of Journalism.

Mr. FitzSimons is a director of the McCormick Tribune Foundation and of several organizations in Chicago including the United Way and the Museum of Science and Industry. He is active in a number of other business and charitable groups in the Chicago area.

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Kevin J. Martin, Special Guest

The Honorable Kevin J. Martin has served as a commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission since 2001. He also chairs the Federal-State joint Board on Separations and the Federal-State Joint Conference on Advanced Telecommunications Services. He is a member of the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service.

Previously, Commissioner Martin served as a special assistant to President Bush for economic policy and was on the staff of the National Economic Council. He was also official U.S. government representative to the G-8's Digital Opportunity Task Force.

Commissioner Martin served earlier as a technology and telecommunications advisor to the Bush-Cheney transition team, and as deputy general counsel of the Bush campaign in Austin, Texas. From 1997 to 1999 he was a legal advisor to the FCC Commissioner Harold Furchtgott-Roth.

Before that, Commissioner Martin served in the Office of the Independent Counsel following several years in private practice at the firm of Wiley Rein & Fielding. He clerked for U.S. District Court Judge William M. Hoeveler in Miami.

A native of Charlotte, N.C., Commissioner Martin graduated with honors and distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his Masters degree in Public Policy from Duke University and J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School.

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