FOR RELEASE: July 31, 2017

Contact: Richard T. Kaplar
The Media Institute

Arlington, Va., July 31, 2017 – The Media Institute will honor TEGNA President and CEO Dave Lougee and Newseum President and CEO Jeffrey Herbst at its annual Friends & Benefactors Awards Banquet Sept. 27 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Dave Lougee will receive the American Horizon Award, while Jeff Herbst will receive the Freedom of Speech Award. The master of ceremonies will be communications attorney and former FCC chairman Richard E. Wiley.

Dave Lougee spent 10 years as president of TEGNA Media prior to becoming CEO. During that time the company acquired Belo Corp. and London Broadcasting, nearly doubling its broadcast portfolio. Lougee serves as chairman of the NBC Affiliates Board and is the immediate past joint chairman of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB).

Dr. Jeffrey Herbst is president and CEO of the Newseum and the Newseum Institute. From 2010 to 2015, he was president of Colgate University. Previously, he taught and held senior positions at Miami University in Ohio. For 18 years he taught at Princeton University, his alma mater. Herbst earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from Yale University.

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) will deliver keynote remarks. She is currently Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. Rep. Blackburn is an advocate for free markets and for a small, efficient, and accountable federal government.

The American Horizon Award recognizes an individual for visionary leadership in the communications industry. The Freedom of Speech Award recognizes an individual who has worked to advance free speech and the First Amendment.

The Media Institute is a nonprofit research foundation specializing in communications policy and the First Amendment. For more information, visit the Institute online at

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