Congressman Marsha Blackburn To Deliver Keynote Address

FOR RELEASE: July 31, 2017

Contact: Richard T. Kaplar
The Media Institute

Arlington, Va., July 31, 2017 – The Media Institute will bestow awards on Dave Lougee, president and CEO of TEGNA, and Jeffrey Herbst, immediate past president and CEO of the Newseum, at its annual Friends & Benefactors Awards Banquet on Wednesday, Sept. 27. The event will take place at the Washington Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Lougee will receive the American Horizon Award for his visionary industry leadership. Presenting the award will be Senator Gordon Smith, president and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters. Herbst will receive the Freedom of Speech Award for his efforts in support of free speech and a free press. The award will be presented by George B. Irish, eastern director of The Hearst Foundations. 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. 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 the immediate past president and CEO of the Newseum in Washington. From 2010 to 2015, he was president of Colgate University. Previously he taught and held senior positions at Miami University in Ohio, and before that taught for 18 years at Princeton University, his alma mater.

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 known as a bi-partisan leader and policy expert on telecommunications issues and intellectual property rights.

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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