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Loeb school will honor Right to Know NH

August 26. 2017 10:04PM

MANCHESTER - A volunteer citizens' group dedicated to open government in New Hampshire and a veteran First Amendment attorney will be honored at the 2017 Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications' First Amendment event in October.

Right to Know NH will receive the school's First Amendment Award while Attorney Gregory V. Sullivan will be honored with the Quill & Ink Award. They will be recognized at the 15th annual awards event on Oct. 5 at the Palace Theatre.

The evening event also will feature nationally known story-teller, author and columnist Garrison Keillor, best known for creating and starring in the long-running radio program "A Prairie Home Companion."

Established in 2013, Right to Know NH is a nonprofit, nonpartisan citizen coalition that works to make state, county and local government in New Hampshire more open and transparent. Group president David Saad and other members testify on public-access and right-to-know proposals in the Legislature and work to educate citizens and public officials about their rights and responsibilities under the Right to Know Law.

Sullivan, of Malloy & Sullivan LPC, is being honored for his "tenacious defense" of First Amendment rights, the school said, as well as his efforts to educate the public and aspiring journalists about their rights and responsibilities under the law.

In addition to teaching Media Law at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Sullivan presents many First Amendment education sessions, including a free, six-week class at the Loeb School where he serves on the board of founders.

Recipients of both awards were nominated by the public.

The event is the non-profit school's main annual fundraiser. Tickets are available through www.palacetheatre.org or 603-668-5588.

The school was founded in 1999 by Nackey S. Loeb, the late president and publisher of the Union Leader and Sunday News. Its free classes and workshops attract students from middle-schoolers to retirees. Instructors from media outlets and businesses around the state teach topics such as the First Amendment, journalism, photography, broadcasting, audio and video production, social media and public speaking.

Past recipients of the First Amendment Award include slain journalist James Foley, former state Attorney General Philip McLaughlin, and many New Hampshire lawmakers, lawyers, school board members, newspapers, and citizen activists.

Quill & Ink honorees have included Circuit Court Judge James Carroll; Debi Clark Valentine of the YMCA's Youth & Government Program; the late Robert Foster, publisher of Foster's Daily Democrat; Mike Pride, retired editor of The Concord Monitor and Claire Ebel, retired director of the ACLU in New Hampshire.

Presenting sponsor of the event is People's United Bank, with a growing list of supporters including EverSource Energy; Amoskeag Beverages; Eastern Bank; AutoFair; AT&T; Brady Sullivan Properties; McLane Middleton, and The Common Man Family of Restaurants.

For information about the school, the event, and its sponsors, visit www.loebschool.org or call 627-0005.

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