Chris Wallace of ‘FOX News Sunday’ and Cathy Hughes of Urban One To Be Honored

FOR RELEASE: September 17, 2018

Contact: Richard T. Kaplar
The Media Institute

Arlington, Va., September 17, 2018 – Two distinguished individuals from the worlds of media and academia will present awards at The Media Institute’s “Free Speech America” Gala on Oct. 24.

Brit Hume, veteran TV journalist and political commentator, will present the Freedom of Speech Award to Chris Wallace, host of “FOX News Sunday.”

Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick, president of Howard University in Washington, D.C., will present the American Horizon Award to Cathy Hughes, founder and chairperson of Urban One, Inc.

Mr. Hume enjoyed a 23-year career with ABC News and served as ABC’s chief White House correspondent from 1989 to 1996.  He then joined FOX News Channel as managing editor and served in various on-air roles.  He was a regular panelist on “FOX News Sunday.”

Dr. Frederick received Bachelor of Science, Doctor of Medicine, and Master of Business Administration degrees from Howard.  A master teacher and noted researcher, he has held a variety of post-doctoral, faculty, and leadership positions at Howard and other universities.

Chris Wallace joined FOX News Channel in 2003.  In 2014, he marked his 50th year in the broadcasting industry.  Cathy Hughes heads the largest African-American owned-and-operated broadcast company in the nation.

The “Free Speech America” Gala will take place at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 24.  FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly will deliver keynote remarks.  The master of ceremonies will be communications attorney and former FCC chairman Richard E. Wiley.

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

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