17th annual Nackey S. Loeb First Amendment Award

The event honors First Amendment freedoms and those in New Hampshire who go above and

       beyond to uphold them.

Guest Speaker: Trish Regan, host of Trish Regan Primetime on the Fox Business Network.

Trish is a New Hampshire native and former Miss New Hampshire. She is looking forward to seeing some

old friends when she returns to support the Nackey Loeb School and the First Amendment.

2019 First Amendment Award Recipient 

The late Dr. William ‘Ed’ Kois, the Veterans Administration doctor whose disclosures about poor             conditions and treatment at the VA Medical Center in Manchester led to system-wide changes there and  a       review of conditions at VA facilities around the country. Dr. Kois died this summer.

2019 Quill & Ink Award Recipient

David Tirrell-Wysocki, Executive Director, Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications, who is retiring at the end of the year after 20 years at the school as an instructor, curriculum coordinator and executive director.

We are grateful to our 2019 First Amendment Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor

People’s United Bank 

Liberty Reception Sponsor

Eversource Energy 

Legacy Sponsor

The Brodsky Prize 

Speaker Sponsor

Bryant ‘Corky’ Messner US Senate

First Amendment Award


Nametag Sponsor

McLane Middleton 

Ticket Sponsor 


Program Sponsor

Brady Sullivan Properties

Hospitality Sponsor

The Common Man Family of Restaurants

 Quill and Ink Sponsors 

Bruce and Marybeth Crochetiere  

Elliot Health System 

The McQuaid Family

Followers of the School

Consolidated Communications

Student Sponsor

Citizens Count NH, Live Free or Die Alliance

Patriot Sponsor

Citizens Bank

Dartmouth Hitchcock

Fidelity Investments 

Daniel and Carol Hughes

  Mass College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University


Weld 2020

Five Freedoms Sponsors 

Amoskeag Beverages

Anagnost Investments

BAE Systems

Bellwether Community Credit Union

Borislow Insurance

Catholic Medical Center

Cross Insurance

Joyce and Daniel Levesque

Sean and Kirsten Mahoney

NH Beverage Association

Northeast Delta Dental

Primary Bank

Saint Mary’s Bank

Friend of the School


Bernstein Shur Group

Business and Industry Association

Douglas, Leonard & Garvey

Dumont Communications

Keystone Press

Louis Karno & Co Communications

Sarah and David Tirrell-Wysocki

Union Leader Corp.

Wipfli | Howe, Riley & Howe

Media Partners



New Hampshire Union Leader


Video presentation honoring Dr. William ‘Ed’ Kois

Concord Monitor Story Covering the Event

Union Leader story covering the Event


Last year:

 Robert Azzi honored at First Amendment Event

  Gov. John Kasich – 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