NEFAC to Present ‘First Amendment and the Free Press’ at Boylston Public Library


CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 |

The New England First Amendment Coalition will present its ongoing community conversation, “First Amendment and the Free Press,” from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on April 22 at Boylston Public Library, 695 Main Street in Boylston, Mass.

This event is free and open to the public. Speakers include:

JONATHAN ALBANO, ESQ. | A NEFAC board member, Albano represents newspapers, entertainment and news broadcasters, publishers, universities, non-profit organizations, and individuals in cases involving a variety of constitutional issues. He is a partner at Morgan Lewis in Boston.

KAREN BORDELEAU | Bordeleau, president of NEFAC, is a retired executive editor of The Providence Journal and an award-winning journalist. She is on the journalism faculty at the Cronkite School at Arizona State University. She has served as a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes in 2015 and 2016.

LEAH LAMSON (moderator) | Lamson, former editor of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, is the managing director of the New England High School Journalism Collaborative. She began her career at the Fitchburg-Leominster Sentinel & Enterprise and then moved to the Telegram & Gazette where she worked for 36 years.

SUSAN SPENCER | Spencer covers regional Worcester County news as well as health, investigative and environmental issues for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. She has worked for the daily newspaper as a staff reporter for eight years plus an additional five years as a freelance correspondent.

NEFAC offers discussions on journalism and the First Amendment as part of its Featured Speaker Program, launched in January 2018 to help increase First Amendment education in high schools, college classrooms and community centers. Since the program’s creation, NEFAC has provided more than 40 presentations throughout the region.

The First Amendment and Free Press community conversations series is supported in part by the Society of Professional Journalists Foundation.

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, Paul and Ann Sagan, The Boston Globe, WBUR, Boston University and the Robertson Foundation.