Gayle King And Randall Stephenson To Present Awards At Media Institute’s ‘Free Speech America’ Virtual Gala

An accomplished TV journalist and a leading figure in the growth of the telecom industry will present awards at The Media Institute’s “Free Speech America” Virtual Gala on Oct. 20.

CBS Mornings co-host Gayle King will present the Freedom of Speech Award to Norah O’Donnell, anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News.

Randall Stephenson, former chairman and chief executive officer of AT&T Inc., will present the American Horizon Award to William E. Kennard, AT&T’s chairman of the board.

The Freedom of Speech Award recognizes an individual who has worked to advance free speech, a free press and the First Amendment. The American Horizon Award recognizes an individual for visionary leadership in the communications industry.

Gayle King interviews top newsmakers and delivers original reporting to CBS Mornings and all CBS News broadcasts and platforms.  She is also editor-at-large of Oprah Daily and hosts a live, weekly radio show titled Gayle King in the House on SiriusXM.

Randall Stephenson served for 13 years as AT&T’s chairman and CEO, building the company into a world leader in technology, media and telecom with 2019 revenues of more than $180 billion. He received the Institute’s American Horizon Award in 2011.

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CBS Evening News anchor and managing editor Norah O’Donnell also anchors CBS News election specials and is a correspondent for 60 Minutes. William Kennard served as chairman of the FCC from 1997 to 2001, a time of explosive growth in wireless phones and broadband technology.

The Institute will also honor Senator Gordon H. Smith, president and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters, with a special Lifetime Achievement Award recognizing his career of unparalleled leadership in both government and industry. Senator Smith will be the event’s featured speaker.

The “Free Speech America” Gala will take place in virtual format again this year on Oct. 20. The master of ceremonies will be communications attorney and former FCC Chairman Richard E. Wiley. The Gala will be the Institute’s signature event marking Free Speech Week, Oct. 18-24.


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