George Will to speak at First Amendment Event



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Nackey S. Loeb School names Concord attorney as

First Amendment Award recipient; honors late publisher
MANCHESTER – Concord attorney William Chapman, a nationally recognized leader in fighting for open government and free press, will be honored at the Seventh Annual Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications First Amendment awards next month.
Chapman will be receiving the school’s First Amendment Award Nov. 12 at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, featuring award-wining national columnist and network television commentator Kathleen Parker.
The late publisher Robert Foster, who died in September, will receive the school’s Quill and Ink Award for more than six decades of work exercising the right of free press to keep readers of his family-owned newspapers aware of community events and the workings of government.
Chapman, of the Concord law firm of Orr and Reno, has been representing New Hampshire media outlets for 37 years. He has argued dozens of cases involving access to records and government proceedings and has helped set the standard for protecting reporters’ sources in criminal cases and public access to court and government records.
His clients and colleagues note that he literally wrote the book on public access to New Hampshire government. “Tapping Officials' Secrets: The Door to Open Government in New Hampshire,” was published as a chapter in Tapping Officials' Secrets Compendium, by The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.
Chapman will receive a bronze eagle, cast from an original sculpture by Mrs. Loeb, and a $1,500 prize.
Foster was publisher of the newspapers of the George Foster Publishing Co., including Foster’s Daily Democrat in Dover and The Citizen of Laconia. He will be honored for working tirelessly to shine light on the workings of government and providing unwavering support to his paper’s efforts to enforce the public’s right to know.
Judges for this year’s First Amendment Award included retired state Supreme Court Justice Richard Galway; Foster’s Daily Democrat Executive Editor Rod Doherty; Union Leader Vice President Charles Perkins III; attorney Gregory Sullivan; John Howe, former general manager at The Citizen of Laconia; and last year’s First Amendment Award recipient Mary Lukas, student newspaper adviser at Londonderry High School .
The First Amendment Award was established to honor New Hampshire residents who protect First Amendment liberties. Other recipients have been former Attorney General Philip McLaughlin, former Keene Sentinel Editor Thomas Kearney, state Rep. Daniel Hughes, The Citizen of Laconia and Dover City Councilor David Scott.
Mike Pride, retired editor of the Concord Monitor, was the first Quill & Ink winner in 2008.
Individual tickets for the First Amendment Awards are $50. Tables of eight are $500. Tickets are available at www.loebschool.org or by calling 627-0005.
Led by presenting sponsor Wheelabrator Technologies, Inc., the First Amendment Awards are backed by a wide variety of business, civic and media leaders. Other major supporters include: PSNH, Bank of America, NextEra Energy Seabrook Station, TD Bank, Steward of Prosperity, John and Kitty Sununu, Mosse & Mosse Associates, Sean Mahoney, National Grid, Joe and Signe McQuaid, BAE Systems, Catholic Medical Center, Lincoln Financial Group, The Common Man Family of Restaurants, Dyn Inc., SilverTech, Fidelity Investments, JW Tumbles, the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

The late Nackey S. Loeb, president and publisher of the New Hampshire Union Leader, founded the nonprofit school in 1999 to promote understanding and appreciation of the First Amendment and to foster interest, integrity and excellence in journalism and other forms of communication.


The First Amendment event is a major fundraiser that enables the school to offer free classes on topics including the First Amendment, journalism, editorials, social media, blogging, editorial cartoons, photography and broadcasting.
Nearly 4,000 people have since taken part in classes, workshops and other school-sponsored events.

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