17th annual Nackey S. Loeb First Amendment Award

Fall 2019
Palace Theatre
Manchester, NH

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

Stay tuned for details on this year’s guest speaker and First Amendment recipient.


We are grateful to our growing list of 2019 First Amendment Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor

People’s United Bank 

Liberty Reception Sponsor

 Eversource Energy 

Legacy Sponsor

 The Brodsky Prize

Nametag Sponsor

McLane Middleton

Quill and Ink Sponsors

Bruce Crochetiere for Congress

Five Freedoms Sponsors 

BAE Systems

St. Mary’s Bank

Friends of the School

Bernstein Shur Group 

Media Partners



New Hampshire Union Leader


Last year:

 Robert Azzi honored at First Amendment Event

  Gov. Kasich is guest speaker

2018 First Amendment Recipient Robert Azzi

MANCHESTER – Robert Azzi, who works to promote civility and public awareness about Muslims, was honored at the 2018 Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications’ First Amendment Awards event.

The Exeter resident received the 16th annual First Amendment Award in a presentation Thursday evening at the Palace Theatre.

The event’s featured speaker – a week after the important mid-term elections – was Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a former, and potentially future, presidential hopeful. The event was one of several Kasich attended this week in New Hampshire, home of the earliest presidential primary in 2020.

While in New Hampshire, Kasich said all options are open for a possible second run for president.

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.

“I want to open up new perspectives for my audiences, especially for those who don’t often agree with me, and expose them to points of view I believe are important and which they might not have previously considered,” he says.

Azzi was chosen from nominees submitted by the public.

The First Amendment Awards Event is the only fundraiser for the nonprofit school, which was founded in 1999 by Nackey S. Loeb, the late president and publisher of the Union Leader and Sunday News.  Its free classes and low-cost 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 are: former state Attorney General Philip McLaughlin, former Keene Sentinel Executive Editor Thomas 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, The Portsmouth Herald,  David Lang and the Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire, The Telegraph of Nashua, slain journalist James Foley, former Portsmouth Police Officer John Connors, citizen activists Donna Green and the late David Pearl and Right to Know NH.

2018 First Amendment Award Pictures

Union Leader:  Loeb School 2018 First Amendment  Event

We are grateful to our 2018 First Amendment Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor: People’s United Bank

Liberty Reception Sponsor: Eversource Energy

Free Press Reception Sponsor: Catholic Medical Center

Legacy Sponsor: The Brodsky Prize

First Amendment Award: AutoFair 

Award Video Sponsor: The Common Man 

Ticket Sponsor: AT&T

 Nametag Sponsor: McLane Middleton

Program Sponsor: Brady Sullivan Properties

Hospitality Sponsor: U.S. Trust

Student Sponsor: Citizens Count

Quill and Ink Sponsors:
Consolidated Communications
Elliot Health System
Joseph and Signe McQuaid

Followers of the School:

Patriot Sponsors:
Citizens Bank
Fidelity Investments
Daniel and Carol Hughes
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University
Merchants Fleet Management

Five Freedoms Sponsors:
Amoskeag Beverages
Anagnost Investments
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust
Bellwether Community Credit Union
Cross Insurance
Joyce and Daniel Levesque
Sean and Kirsten Mahoney
New Hampshire Beverage Association
New Hampshire Healthy Families
Northeast Delta Dental
St. Mary’s Bank

Friendsof the School:
Bernstein Shur Group
Borislow Insurance
Douglas, Leonard & Garvey
Dumont Communications
Howe Riley & Howe
IPG Benefits
Keystone Press
New Hampshire College & University Council
New Hampshire Union Leader

Media Partners



New Hampshire Union Leader


— Looking Back —-

2017 First Amendment Award Pictures

Union Leader: Loeb School 2017 First Amendment Event

Concord Monitor: Loeb School 2017 1st Amendment Event


2016 First Amendment Award Pictures

Union Leader: Loeb School honors 2016 First Amendment Award Recipients

Concord Monitor: David Pearl found relentlessly to protect the First Amendment


2015 First Amendment Award Pictures

Union Leader – Award Event Article 

The Concord Monitor – Award Recipients

Laconia Daily Sun – Judge James Carroll honored

Seacoastonline – John Connors honored