Buchanan to speak at 1st Amendment event
Loeb school seeks nominations for First Amendment Award
School director David Tirrell-Wysocki made the announcement this weekend. He noted that Buchanan, the 1996 winner of the New Hampshire Presidential Primary as a Republican, follows Vice President Joe Biden, who spoke at last year’s event.
To be held the evening of Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Capitol Center for the Arts, Concord, the event is the main fundraiser each year for the non-profit school, which provides free classes and low-cost workshops for students of all ages on topics such as the First Amendment, journalism, photography, broadcasting, and social media.
Nackey S. Loeb, the late president and publisher of the New Hampshire Union Leader and Sunday News, founded the school in 1999 to promote understanding and appreciation of the First Amendment and to foster interest, integrity and excellence in journalism and communication.
“Mrs. Loeb would be thrilled that her friend, Pat Buchanan, is speaking at the 10th annual program,’’ said Joseph W. McQuaid, the school’s president. The program honors the First Amendment and New Hampshire residents who strive to exercise and protect the essential rights of free speech and free press.
Buchanan has been an adviser to three Presidents, notably Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon, and was himself a two-time candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. In 2000, he was the presidential nominee of the Reform Party.
He became a syndicated columnist in 1974 and was a founding member of three television talk shows: The McLaughlin Group, CNN’s Capital Gang and Crossfire. He also has been a political analyst for MSNBC, but was famously dropped from that left-leaning cable network earlier this year after publication of his most recent book, “Suicide of a Superpower.’’
Buchanan has written ten books, including six New York Times best sellers. He joins a notable group of national figures who have donated their appearances to the non-profit Loeb School, including Biden, Bill O’Riley, C-SPAN founder Brian Lamb, and the late “Meet the Press’’ host Tim Russert.
Tickets for the Nov. 29 event go on sale at the Capitol Center for the Arts next month. The public is invited to help select this year’s First Amendment honoree 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 and The Portsmouth Herald. For more information or to make a First Amendment nomination, go to loebschool.org, or call 627-0005.
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