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Senator Chris Dodd of MPAA and Gracia Martore of Gannett To Receive Media Institute Awards at Nov. 18 Banquet
FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai Slated as Keynote Speaker
FOR RELEASE: Nov. 13, 2014
Contact: Richard T. Kaplar
The Media Institute
Arlington, Va., Nov. 13, 2014 – The Media Institute will honor Senator Chris Dodd, chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, and Gracia C. Martore, president and CEO of Gannett Co., Inc., at its annual Friends & Benefactors Awards Banquet on Tuesday, Nov. 18. The event will take place at the Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Senator Dodd will receive the Freedom of Speech Award, while Martore will receive the American Horizon Award. The master of ceremonies will be communications attorney and former FCC chairman Richard E. Wiley.
Chris Dodd represented Connecticut for 36 years in the U.S. Congress before joining MPAA in 2011. Senator Dodd’s highest priority at MPAA is to champion the creative freedoms of filmmakers. In addition, he has served as the 2014 Chairman of the Advisory Council for Free Speech Week, which took place in October. Carl Hulse, chief Washington correspondent of the New York Times, will present the award to Senator Dodd.
Gracia Martore joined Gannett in 1985 as Assistant Treasurer and went on to hold positions including Treasurer, Vice President of Investor Relations, Senior Vice President of Finance, Chief Financial Officer, Executive VP, and Chief Operating Officer. She has appeared on the “Most Powerful Women” lists of Fortune, Forbes, and Washingtonian magazines. Gary B. Pruitt, president and CEO of The Associated Press, will present the award to Martore.
FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai will deliver keynote remarks. He has served on the Federal Communications Commission since 2012.
The Media Institute is a nonprofit research foundation specializing in communications policy and the First Amendment. For more information, visit the Institute online at mediainstitute.org.
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