Ann Cooper will be FOG’s 2016 Dixon Lunch Keynote Speaker

FOG is pleased to announce that this year’s keynote address for the William S. Dixon First Amendment Lunch will be delivered by Ann Cooper on Wednesday, October 5 at the Embassy Suites in Albuquerque.

Ms. Cooper is an award-winning journalist and foreign correspondent with more than 25 years of radio and print reporting experience. Since 2006 she has been a member of the faculty of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, where she teaches reporting, writing and international journalism.

Prior to that, she was executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, a global press freedom advocacy group, from 1998-2006.

Ms. Cooper worked as a print reporter for The Louisville Courier-Journal, Congressional Quarterly, The Baltimore Sun, and National Journal, before joining NPR in 1987 as its first Moscow bureau chief. She covered the last five years of the Soviet Union, then moved to South Africa, where she was NPR’s Johannesburg bureau chief from 1992-95.

Her coverage of South Africa’s first all-race elections in 1994 won NPR a duPont Columbia silver baton for excellence in broadcast journalism. She has been an Edward R. Murrow fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Ms. Cooper is a journalism graduate of Iowa State University, which honored her in 1997 with the James W. Schwartz award for service to journalism. In 2006, she was presented with Iowa State’s Alumni Merit Award, “for outstanding contributions to human welfare that transcend purely professional accomplishments and bring honor to the university.”

We look forward to hearing from Ms. Cooper and hope you’ll join us! Please contact Shannon Kunkel for sponsorship information by emailing or calling 505-205-5067. More information about the Dixon Lunch will be released in the following weeks. Be sure to follow FOG for updates.