NEFAC Announces Journalism Fellows for 9th Annual New England First Amendment Institute

CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 |

The New England First Amendment Coalition is pleased to announce the incoming class of fellows for its 2019 New England First Amendment Institute.

Now in its ninth year, the three-day institute provides support and training for 25 journalists to give them the tools they need to become more accomplished investigative reporters, well versed in the freedom of information laws that govern today’s difficult reporting landscape.

NEFAC provides the institute — held this year from Sept. 22-24 at Northeastern University in Boston — at no cost to those who attend.

Casey Frank of the Miami Herald, editor of Perversion of Justice, on the travails of Jeffrey Epstein, will deliver the keynote address. Joining Frank as a featured speaker is Maria Hiaasen, a former journalist and widow of Capital Gazette shooting victim Rob Hiaasen, who will speak on Day Three.

Other speakers include Wesley Lowery of The Washington Post, Jennifer Levitz of The Wall Street Journal, Lisa Yanick Litwiller of Hearst Connecticut Media Group, Cindy Galli of ABC News, Tim White of WPRI-Providence and Mike Beaudet of WCVB-Boston and Northeastern University, among many others.

NEFAI 2019 Fellows


Kimberly Drelich | The Day
Meghan Friedmann | Hearst Connecticut Media Group
Jo Kroeker | Hearst Connecticut Media Group
Justin Papp | Hearst Connecticut Media Group


Sarah Craighead Dedmon | Machias Valley News Observer
Dan Lampariello | WGME-Portland
Patty Wight | Maine Public Radio


Amanda Burke | Fall River Herald News
Jo C. Goode | Fall River Herald News
Zoe Greenberg | The Boston Globe
Gal Tziperman Lotan | The Boston Globe
Haven Orecchio-Egresitz | Berkshire Eagle

New Hampshire

Hadley Barndollar | Portsmouth Herald
Paul Cuno-Booth | Keene Sentinel
Mary McIntyre | NHPR
Leah Willingham | Concord Monitor

Rhode Island

Jessica Botelho | WJAR-Cranston
Laura Damon | The Newport Daily News
Hannah Dickison | WPRI-Providence
Nadine Maya Sebai | The Public’s Radio


Liam Elder-Connors | VPR
Christopher Mays | Brattleboro Reformer
Alex Nuti-de Biasi | Journal Opinion
Orrin Schonfeld | WPTZ-Burlington
Cat Viglienzoni | WCAX-Burlington

This year’s institute is made possible by the generosity of Northeastern University, the Academy of New England Journalists and the Boston University College of Communication.

Other supporters of NEFAC this year include Hearst Connecticut Media Group, Barr Foundation, The Boston Globe and WBUR-Boston.

More information about NEFAI 2019, including a tentative schedule, can be read here. Information on previous institutes can be found here.

NEFAC was formed in 2006 to advance and protect the Five Freedoms of the First Amendment, including the principle of the public’s right to know. We’re a broad-based organization of people who believe in the power of an informed democratic society. Our members include lawyers, journalists, historians, academics and private citizens.

Our coalition is funded through contributions made by those who value the First Amendment and who strive to keep government accountable. Please make a donation here.

Major Supporters of NEFAC include Hearst Connecticut Media Group, the Barr Foundation, The Providence Journal Charitable Legacy Fund, The Boston Globe, WBUR and Boston University.