Trish Regan, Fox Business News host and New Hampshire native, returns to her home state this fall as the featured speaker at the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications 17th annual First Amendment Awards.

The event honors First Amendment freedoms and New Hampshire residents or organizations, nominated by the public, who work to protect free speech and free press.

The evening gala will be held at 7 PM on November 19 at the Palace Theatre in Manchester. Tickets are available at the Palace — or 603-668-5588. ($50, or $100, including a pre-event reception at 5:45 PM).

Regan is host of Trish Regan Primetime on Fox Business Network. She joined the network as an anchor in 2015 from Bloomberg TV, where she anchored a daily market-close program.  Previously, Regan was an anchor at CNBC and financial correspondent for CBS News.

She is a member of The Council on Foreign Relations and the author of “Joint Ventures: Inside America’s Almost Legal Marijuana Industry,” which was published in 2011.

Closer to home, Regan was born in Hampton and was crowned Miss New Hampshire in 1993.

She joins a notable list of national figures from both sides of the political and media aisle who have donated their appearances at the First Amendment Event to support the school.

The non-profit, non-partisan Loeb School was founded in 1999 by Nackey S. Loeb, the late president and publisher of the New Hampshire Union Leader and Sunday News. Its mission is to promote understanding and appreciation of the First Amendment and to foster interest, integrity and excellence in journalism and communication.

Loeb School classes and workshops attract students of all ages, from middle-schoolers to retirees. Instructors from media outlets and businesses around the state teach topics such as the First Amendment, journalism, photography, broadcasting, social media and public speaking.

This year’s First Amendment recipient will be announced later this fall.

Past recipients include 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 Lucas, 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, Timberlane Regional School Board member Donna Green, open government activist David Pearl and the citizens’ group Right to Know New Hampshire and columnist Robert Azzi.

Led by Presenting Sponsor People’s United Bank, the growing list of 2019 First Amendment Event sponsors includes: Eversource;  The Brodsky Prize; AutoFair; Bryant ‘Corky’ Messner U.S. Senate; AT&T; McLane Middleton; Brady Sullivan Properties; Bruce Crochetiere; Elliot Health System; Consolidated Communications; Amoskeag Beverages; Daniel and Carol Hughes; BAE Systems; Fidelity Investments; Bellwether Community Credit Union; Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University; Joyce and Daniel Levesque; Sean and Kirsten Mahoney;  Northeast Delta Dental; St. Mary’s Bank; AARP; Bernstein Shur Group; BIA; Douglas, Leonard & Garvey; Dumont Communications.

Media partners are the New Hampshire Union Leader, WMUR-TV and WGIR radio.

For more information about the event, visit or call 627-0005.

David Tirrell-Wysocki