On Sept. 27, the Media Institute will honor Newseum CEO Jeffrey Herbst and TEGNA CEO Dave Lougee at its annual Friends & Benefactors Awards Banquet. Herbst will receive the Freedom of Speech Award, which recognizes individuals who have worked to advance free speech and the First Amendment, and Lougee will receive the American Horizon Award, which honors visionary leadership in the communications industry.
Herbst is president and CEO of both the Newseum and the Newseum Institute, which work together to educate the American public about our First Amendment freedoms. Before stepping into this role, Herbst was president of Colgate University from 2010 to 2015. Previously, he held leadership and faculty positions at Miami University in Ohio and Princeton University. He has written extensively on the subject of free speech at university and college campuses. Herbst’s full bio can be viewed here.
Lougee served as president of TEGNA Media for 10 years before becoming the company’s CEO. He is also chairman of the NBC Affiliates Board and the immediate past joint chairman of the National Association of Broadcasters.
U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn will deliver keynote remarks at the Friends & Benefactors Awards Banquet. She is currently chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. The banquet will be held Sept. 27 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington, D.C.