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Congressman Rick Boucher and CEA's Gary Shapiro To Be Recognized at Media Institute Friends & Benefactors Awards Banquet David Westin of ABC News To Deliver Keynote Remarks at Oct. 15 Event
FOR RELEASE: July 20, 2009
Contact: Richard T. Kaplar
The Media Institute
Arlington, Va., July 20, 2009 –The Media Institute will bestow awards on Rep. Rick Boucher and Gary Shapiro at its annual Friends & Benefactors Awards Banquet Oct. 15 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Boucher will receive the Freedom of Speech Award, while Shapiro will receive the American Horizon Award. The master of ceremonies will be communications attorney and former FCC chairman Richard E. Wiley.
Rep. Boucher (D-Va.) is chairman of the Communications, Technology and the Internet Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. He also serves on the Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee. The 14-term congressman will receive the Freedom of Speech Award for his efforts in promoting a federal shield law for reporters.
Shapiro is president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association. CEA unites 2,000 companies within the consumer technology industry and produces the annual International CES, the world's largest consumer technology trade show with more than 100,000 participants. The American Horizon Award will recognize Shapiro's leadership in promoting the vitality and independence of American media and communications.
David Westin, president of ABC News, will deliver keynote remarks. Westin has led ABC News since 1997. He oversees all ABC News programs on the ABC Television Network, ABC News Radio, ABC News.com, and ABC News NOW.
The black-tie event will also set the stage for the fifth annual National Freedom of Speech Week (NFSW), Oct. 19-25, 2009.
The Media Institute is a nonprofit research foundation specializing in communications policy and the First Amendment. For more information, visit the Institute online at www.mediainstitute.org.