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Free Expression Awards hosted by The Freedom Forum

April 28, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT

On Thursday, April 28, at The Anthem in Washington, D.C., Freedom Forum will host the 2022 Free Expression Awards, a gala event celebrating the First Amendment and outstanding champions of free and fearless expression. Comedian and ‘The Daily Show’ contributor Jordan Klepper will be the evening’s featured entertainer and The Washington Post and MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart will serve as host and emcee.

WHAT: Freedom Forum’s 2022 Free Expression Awards

WHEN: Thursday, April 28; 5 pm ET media pre-set and 8 pm ET program start

WHERE:              The Anthem at The Wharf, 901 Wharf St. SW, Washington, D.C.

HOW:                  Contact for information on coverage

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The Free Expression Awards will be presented to:

  • Nikole Hannah-Jones, Knight Chair in Race and Journalism, founder of the Center for Journalism and Democracy at Howard University and Pulitzer Prize winning-writer;
  • Eric Treene, former Special Counsel for Religious Discrimination in the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division;
  • The leaders of Stop AAPI Hate: Cynthia Choi, co-executive director of Chinese for Affirmative Action; Russell Jeung, professor at San Francisco State University and Manjusha P. Kulkarni, executive director of the AAPI Equity Alliance.

The Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media will be presented to:

  • Alberto Ibargüen, president and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and former publisher of The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald.


The Free Expression Awards program will be livestreamed on April 28th.

Event tickets are currently available and proceeds support education and advocacy to empower all Americans to know, understand, value and defend the freedoms of religion, speech, press, assembly and petition.

For more information about the Free Expression Awards, visit or contact


About Freedom Forum

The Freedom Forum’s mission is to foster First Amendment freedoms for all. It works to raise awareness of First Amendment freedoms through education, advocacy and action, sharing the stories of Americans who have exercised their rights to ignite change. Established July 4, 1991, by founder Al Neuharth, the Freedom Forum is a nonpartisan 501 (c)(3) foundation that advances First Amendment freedoms through initiatives that include Today’s Front Pages, the Free Expression Awards, the Power Shift Project, the annual Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference, the Chips Quinn Scholars and the Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media. In addition to its Washington, D.C. headquarters, it has locations at the Al Neuharth Media Center at the University of South Dakota; the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics at the University of Mississippi; and the John Seigenthaler Center at Vanderbilt University.


April 28, 2022
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
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The Anthem
901 Wharf St SW
Washington, DC 20024 United States
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