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First Amendment Award

16th annual Nackey S. Loeb First Amendment Awards

Nov. 15, 2018

Palace Theatre

Manchester, NH


Ohio Gov. John Kasich


First Amendment Recipient

Robert Azzi 

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who visited New Hampshire many times as a Republican presidential hopeful in 2016, will be the featured speaker at the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications 16th annual First Amendment Awards event this fall.

Kasich attended the event as a candidate in 2015. He will be back this year, one week after the critical mid-term elections, and he contemplates another potential run for the presidency.

The event honors First Amendment freedoms and those in New Hampshire who go above and beyond to uphold them.

This year's First Amendment Award recipient is Robert Azzi of Exeter, who travels New Hampshire and beyond to promote civility and public awareness about Muslims.


Azzi is a photo journalist, columnist, public speaker, education consultant and world traveler whose columns appear in many New Hampshire publications. He also has presented his program, “Ask a Muslim Anything,” at more than 50 public events and forums around the state, where he works to encourage tolerance, understanding and interfaith discussion.


The First Amendment Award judges said they admired Azzi’s courage and his “vocal, forthright and honest” presentations about what it’s like being Muslim in post-911 America.

Tickets are available at or the Palace box office: 603-668-5588.


Last year:

Citizens’ group, attorney honored at 15th Annual First Amendment Event

Right to Know NH is the recipient of this year's First Amendment Award. Right to Know NH is a volunteer citizens’ group dedicated to open government in New Hampshire.

David Saad Right to Know NH President

Attorney Gregory V.Sullivan, a long-time First Amendment attorney, received the school’s Quill & Ink Award.

They were honored at the 15th Annual Awards Event held on Oct. 5 at the Palace Theatre.

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