MANCHESTER, NH – Straight from Lake Wobegone, the voice of A Prairie Home Companion,Garrison Keillor, will be the featured speaker at this year’s Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications First Amendment Awards event.
The 15th annual event, which celebrates First Amendment freedoms by honoring those in New Hampshire who go above and beyond to uphold those rights, is scheduled Oct. 5 at the Palace Theatre in Manchester. Tickets go on sale July 31.
Keillor is best known as the creator and star of the long-running “A Prairie Home Companion” radio program. A best-selling author, he also writes a nationally syndicated newspaper column.
Each year, Loeb school’s First Amendment event honors New Hampshire residents or organizations, nominated by the public, who work to protect free speech and free press. Past recipients include former state Attorney General Philip McLaughlin, several newspapers and their editors, former state Rep. Daniel Hughes, former Dover City Councilor David Scott, Londonderry High School journalism adviser Mary DeWinkeleer, and First Amendment attorney William Chapman. Also honored have been ConVal School Board member Gail Pierson Cromwell, David Lang and the Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire, slain journalist James Foley, former Portsmouth Police officer John Connors, Timberlane Regional School Board member Donna Green, and the late David Pearl, an open government activist.