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Friends & Benefactors Awards Banquet

From the 2017 Awards Banquet, from left: Richard T. Kaplar, Executive Director of The Media Institute; George B. Irish of The Hearst Foundations; Kimberly Falkenhagen, daughter of Institute President Patrick Maines; Master of Ceremonies Dick Wiley of Wiley Rein; Freedom of Speech Award Recipient Jeffrey Herbst; American Horizon Award Recipient Dave Lougee; Senator Gordon Smith of the National Association of Broadcasters.

The Friends & Benefactors Awards Banquet is an Institute event held every fall that presents two awards to deserving individuals. The American Horizon Award recognizes leadership in promoting the vitality and independence of American media and communications. The Freedom of Speech Award recognizes an individual who has made important contributions to the advancement and protection of free speech.

All Years: Award Winners, Guest Speakers and Presenters at a Glance

2017

American Horizon Award
David Lougee
Presented by Senator Gordon Smith
Profile
Speech
Freedom of Speech Award
Jeffrey Herbst, Ph.D.
Presented by George B. Irish
Profile
Speech
Guest Speaker
Rep. Marsha Blackburn
Speech
2017 Photos
2017 Profiles
2017 Speeches
2017 Program (PDF)

2016

American Horizon Award
Perry A. Sook
Presented by Adonis Hoffman
Profile
Speech
Freedom of Speech Award
Ajit V. Pai
Presented by Robert McDowell
Profile
Speech
Guest Speaker
Patricia de Stacy Harrison
Speech
2016 Photos
2016 Profiles
2016 Speeches
2016 Program (PDF)

2015

American Horizon Award
Meredith Attwell Baker
Presented by Larry Irving
Profile
Speech
Freedom of Speech Award
Peggy Noonan
Presented by Bob Woodward
Profile
Guest Speaker
Rep. Bob Goodlatte
Speech
2015 Photos
2015 Profiles
2015 Speeches
2015 Program (PDF)

2014

American Horizon Award
Gracia C. Martore
Presented by Gary B. Pruitt
Profile
Speech
Freedom of Speech Award
Senator Chris Dodd
Presented by Carl Hulse
Profile
Speech
Guest Speaker
Commissioner Ajit Pai
Speech
2014 Photos
2014 Profiles
2014 Speeches
2014 Program (PDF)

2013

American Horizon Award
Senator Gordon Smith
Presented by Rep. Greg Walden
Profile
Freedom of Speech Award
Josh Sapan
Presented by Brian Lamb
Profile
Guest Speaker
Acting Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn
2013 Photos
2013 Profiles
2013 Speeches
2013 Program (PDF)

2012

American Horizon Award
John Riccitiello
Presented by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski
Profile
Speech
Freedom of Speech Award
Bob Pittman
Presented by Senator Roger F. Wicker
Profile
Speech
Guest Speaker
Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel
Speech
2012 Photos
2012 Profiles
2012 Speeches
2012 Program (PDF)

2011

American Horizon Award
Randall Stephenson
Presented by Ben Jealous
Profile
Speech
Freedom of Speech Award
Robert M. McDowell
Presented by Rod Smolla
Profile
Speech
Guest Speaker
Senator Mark Warner
2011 Photos
2011 Profiles
2011 Speeches
2011 Program (PDF)

2010

American Horizon Award
Rupert Murdoch
Presented by Joel I. Klein
Profile
Speech
Freedom of Speech Award
Kyle E. McSlarrow
Presented by Decker Anstrom
Profile
Guest Speaker
Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker
2010 Photos
2010 Profiles
2010 Speeches
2010 Program (PDF)
All Years: Award Winners, Guest Speakers and Presenters at a Glance