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!