ABC-TV "Good Morning America" host and chief political correspondent George Stephanopoulos will be the featured speaker at the 11th annual First Amendment honors program for the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications this fall.
The event has become an established part of New Hampshire's honoring of First Amendment freedoms and those who practice them.
The main fundraising event for the nonprofit school, it has attracted many nationally known speakers.
This year, the format will be a noontime luncheon on Tuesday, Nov. 12. Tickets will go on sale Sept. 12 on the school's website, www.loebschool.org.
Stephanopoulos, a former top adviser to President Bill Clinton, juggles his Monday-through-Friday GMA duties along with hosting ABC's Sunday morning national affairs program, "This Week with George Stephanopoulos." The program is seen locally on WMUR-TV.
He also reports on political and policy stories for ABC News and is a regular visitor to the nation's First Primary state. He wrote the best-selling "All Too Human," concerning Clinton's first term and the 1992 and 1996 Clinton/Gore campaigns.
He joins a list of nationally known figures who have supported the Loeb School. They have included the late Tim Russert of NBC, Fox's Bill O'Reilly, Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Sen. John McCain and commentators Patrick Buchanan and George Will.
The school was founded by Nackey S. Loeb, the late president and publisher of the New Hampshire Union Leader and Sunday News. Begun in 1999, its mission is to promote understanding and appreciation of the First Amendment and "to foster interest, integrity and excellence in journalism and communication.''
Most of its classes are free and open to all, and its instructors are from media outlets and businesses around the state. Classes and workshops for students of all ages cover topics such as the First Amendment, journalism, photography, broadcasting, social media and public speaking.
The school invites the public to help select the First Amendment honors recipients by nominating New Hampshire residents or organizations who work to protect free speech and free press.
Past recipients include former state Attorney General Philip McLaughlin, former Keene Sentinel Executive Editor Thomas F. Kearney, The Laconia Citizen, former legislator Daniel Hughes, former Dover City Councilor David Scott, Londonderry High School Journalism Adviser Mary Lukas, First Amendment attorney William Chapman, ConVal School Board member Gail Pierson Cromwell, The Portsmouth Herald and David Lang and the Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire.
Presenting Sponsor for the event is People's United Bank.
It is also supported by New Hampshire businesses and individuals, including: PSNH, Amoskeag Beverages, Bank of America, Holloway Automotive Group, Dean Kamen, The Dupont Group, The Common Man Family of Restaurants, BAE Systems, Lincoln Financial, Charles Schwab, Sean and Kirsten Mahoney, Fidelity Investments, Mosse & Mosse, U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green, Sheehan Phinney Capitol Group, Bernstein Shur Sawyer & Nelson, The Bernstein Shur Group and Centrix Bank. Media partners are the New Hampshire Union Leader, WMUR-TV and WGIR radio.
For information about the event or becoming a sponsor, or to make a First Amendment Award nomination, visit www.loebschool.org or call 627-0005.