2014 Banquet Photos

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai delivers keynote remarks at The Media Institute’s Friends & Benefactors Awards Banquet at the Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 18, 2014.

Gary B. Pruitt, president and CEO of The Associated Press, introduces American Horizon Award winner Gracia C. Martore.

Gracia C. Martore, president and CEO of Gannett Co., Inc., accepts the American Horizon Award.

Carl Hulse, chief Washington correspondent of the New York Times, prepares to present the Freedom of Speech Award to Senator Christopher J. Dodd.

Senator Christopher J. Dodd, chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, offers remarks upon accepting the Freedom of Speech Award.

Master of Ceremonies Dick Wiley kept the evening running on schedule.

Artist Everett Spruill of Orlando, Fla., poses with one of the canvases in his original mixed-media series “Freedom of Speech,” which he created in celebration of Free Speech Week in October.