The Matrix Foundation presented Edith Wortman First Amendment Award to two individuals:
John Seigenthaler – Founder of the First Amendment Center; former president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors; 30 yrs. Retired editor, publisher, CEO and award-winning journalist at The Tennessean, Nashville’s morning newspaper.
Senator Barbara Boxer – U.S. Senator from California. A forceful advocate for women’s rights, families, children, consumers, the environment, and her home state, Boxer has served three terms as a United States Senator since being elected in January 1993, after 10 years of service in the House of Representatives.
Blue Ribbon Panel: The First Amendment and You”
Recipients of the Matrix Foundation Edith Wortman First Amendment Award discussed issues related to the First Amendment, Freedom of Information (FOI) and how they affect us all today.
Panel Moderator: Susanna Weiss, Ph.D., J.D. – 2005 award recipient. The author of “News Cameras in the Courtroom: A Free Press – Fair Trial Debate,” Weiss has worked as a jury consultant for DOAR Litigation Support and Trial Services in New York. She spent more than a decade on First Amendment issues related to courtrooms and communication, televised trials, jury decision-making, litigation strategy and public perceptions of crime, criminals and the courts.
In addition to Seigenthaler, other members of this elite panel include past Edith Wortman Award Winnters Jane Kirtley, Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota, and Joy Hakim, former teacher, editor, the first woman editorial writer for Norfolk’s Virginian-Pilot, and author of the Michener Prize-winning ten volume series: A History of US.
The Edith Wortman Awards
The Edith Wortman First Amendment Award is underwritten by the Helen Duhamel Achievement Awards fund and financed by grants from Kathy Duhamel and Mary Kay Switzer. It honors excellence in calling attention to and on behalf of First Amendment issues.
The program was established to honor Edith M. Wortman, an outstanding communicator, community and state leader who was a fierce advocate for freedom of speech.