Thank you, Dixon Lunch sponsors and guests!

We had another terrific First Amendment Dixon Lunch this year, thanks to our inspiring awardees, compelling keynote speaker and engaged attendees!

We honored Dr. Annette Marie Rodriguez with the education award for her work exposing waste and corruption at Northern New Mexico College. The Santa Fe New Mexican’s chief political reporter, Steve Terrell, received an award for journalism for his use of public records to report on the activities of our government. Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce president and CEO, Terri Cole, was presented with an award in the business category for encouraging the business community to support government transparency. Lastly, Norm Gaume was honored with the citizen advocacy award for his tremendous efforts demanding the Interstate Stream Commission conduct their activities in accordance with the Open Meetings Act and Inspection of Public Records Act.

We heard from acclaimed foreign correspondent and Columbia University journalism professor, Ann Cooper. The transcript of her speech, about the state of the free press and government transparency in the United States and abroad, is available here.

We want to congratulate the awardees and thank everyone who came out to celebrate transparency with us, especially our generous sponsors! We hope to see you all again in 2017 for the next Dixon Lunch!

Ann Cooper delivers her keynote address to a packed ballroom at the Embassy Suites for the Dixon Lunch.

Ann Cooper delivers her keynote address to a packed ballroom at the Embassy Suites for the Dixon Lunch.

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Senator Peter Wirth and The Santa Fe New Mexican’s Steve Terrell, who received the Dixon Award for journalism.

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Attorney General Hector Balderas poses for a photo with NMFOG board secretary Billie Blair (left) and NMFOG executive director Susan Boe (right).

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Norm Gaume accepts the Dixon Award for citizen advocacy.

State Auditor Tim Keller (left); NMFOG board member and Common Cause New Mexico executive director Viki Harrison (center left); State Treasurer Tim Eichenberg (center right); and Common Cause legislative director Heather Ferguson (right), pose with Annette Marie Rodriguez (center) who was honored with the Dixon Award for education.

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Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Terri Cole discusses the importance of government transparency for business in her acceptance speech.

Thank you, 2016 sponsors!

Thank you, 2016 sponsors!