The RTDNF First Amendment Awards honor individuals and organizations for their work on behalf of First Amendment freedom. RTDNF is a charitable and educational group which supports protecting our First Amendment freedoms and our rights to free and unfettered media. It is also a training and educational organization, which provides thousands of dollars in scholarships each year to the journalists of the future and provides training to both entry-level and experienced media professionals. Click here to see all of our honorees from the past 26 years. Click here for complete coverage of the 2016 ceremony.

2017 will mark the 27th anniversary of the RTDNF First Amendment Awards. The dinner and awards ceremony will be held Tuesday, March 14 at the Grand Hyatt, 1000 H Street NW in Washington, DC. A reception begins at 6:00pm with dinner at 7:00pm.

2017 Honorees:

First Amendment Award:
Mark Halperin / John Heilemann

Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award:
Bill Whitaker, CBS News

First Amendment Service Award:
Steve Jones, ABC News Radio

First Amendment Leadership Award:
Stanley S. Hubbard and Stanley E. Hubbard, Hubbard Broadcasting

RTDNF Lifetime Achievement Award:
Nina Totenberg, NPR News

Our host will be MSNBC's Chris Matthews.

To learn more about this year's honorees, read the full announcement here.

For questions about sponsorship opportunities for the 2017 First Amendment Awards Dinner, contact RTDNA's Holly Rose.

Your sponsorship support or ticket purchase will go towards programs covering a variety of issues from ethics to financial journalism, newsroom management to international reporting. RTDNF provides practical, “real-world” ways which help students and professionals alike become more proficient at their craft.
The First Amendment Dinner is the single most important fundraising event sponsored by RTDNF. We depend on the funds raised to support all of our programs and activities. We cannot do what we do without your help and support and the First Amendment Dinner is critical to those efforts. So please join us for a memorable, exciting and fun evening with old and new friends, colleagues and of course, the distinguished honorees.

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