Free Expression Awards

Free Expression Awards

Celebrating the World’s Champions of Free Expression

Unfortunately, the 2020 Free Expression Awards have been canceled as a result of the COVID-19 virus. The health and safety of our guests, award recipients and staff is our top priority. We look forward to recognizing this year’s list of distinguished honorees at a future date.

The Free Expression Awards, hosted by the Freedom Forum, is the signature annual benefit supporting the educational work of the Freedom Forum Institute. The Awards recognize individuals for their courageous acts of, and contributions to, free and fearless expression.

honorees

Julie K. Brown

Julie K. Brown

Power Shift Award

Investigative Reporter, Miami Herald

DeRay Mckesson

DeRay Mckesson

Activist and Educator

Susan Stamberg, Nina Totenberg, Linda Wertheimer and the late Cokie Roberts

Susan Stamberg, Nina Totenberg, Linda Wertheimer and the late Cokie Roberts

Lifetime Achievement Award

Founding Mothers of NPR

Susan Wojcicki

Susan Wojcicki

CEO, YouTube

Steering Committee

  • John and Cynthia Lee, Dinner Chairs
  • Bret Baier
  • Mark and Sally Ein
  • Peter Nguyen and Joseph Reef
  • Maureen Orth
  • Barbara Wall
  • Judy Woodruff and Al Hunt

Honorary Host Committee

  • Senator Lamar Alexander
  • Congressman Steve Chabot
  • Senator Angus King Jr.
  • Senator Patrick J. Leahy
  • Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia
  • Congressman Tim Ryan
  • Senator Chris Van Hollen
  • Senator Mark Warner