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Award Nomination Forms (Deadline March 19, 2021)

Michael Donoghue Freedom of Information Award
Antonia Orfield Citizenship Award

2021 New England First Amendment Award Recipients

Stephen Hamblett First Amendment Award | Yamiche Alcindor, PBS NewsHour

Yamiche Alcindor is the White House correspondent for PBS NewsHour. She began this role in January 2018. She often tells stories about the intersection of race and politics as well as fatal police encounters. Previously, Alcindor worked as a national political reporter for The New York Times where she covered the presidential campaigns of Donald Trump and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders as well as Congress. She also wrote about the impact of President Trump’s policies on working-class people and people of color.Before joining The Times, she was a national breaking news reporter for USA Today and traveled across the country to cover stories including the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., the death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. and the police-related protests in Ferguson, Mo. and Baltimore, Md.

Michael Donoghue Freedom of Information Award | Bangor Daily News

The Bangor Daily News series “Lawmen Off Limits” — reported by Erin Rhoda, Callie Ferguson and Josh Keefe — focused on the misconduct of police and corrections officers in Maine. Its reporting led to at least three legislative proposals to institute more oversight over law enforcement in the state. The series involved filing public records requests with Maine’s 16 county sheriff’s offices. The newspaper successfully pushed back against unwarranted redactions in two counties and showed how a third county failed to keep discipline records at all. Using thousands of pages of emails and other public records, the Bangor Daily News team also published an in-depth look at how one former sheriff sent explicit images of himself to employees and others, and propositioned them for sex. The investigation revealed how local county commissioners have no power to place elected sheriffs on leave while they are being investigated either internally or criminally.

Antonia Orfield Citizenship Award | TBA

News and Press Coverage

Bangor Daily News Wins New England Public Access Award | Bangor Daily News
Bangor Daily News to Receive NEFAC’s Annual Michael Donoghue FOI Award
PBS NewsHour’s Yamiche Alcindor to Receive Hamblett First Amendment Award; NEFAC Will Honor White House Correspondent at 11th Annual Awards Ceremony on April 21
Nominations Open for NEFAC’s Annual Antonia Orfield Citizenship Award
NEFAC Seeks Nominations for Annual Michael Donoghue Freedom of Information Award

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