NEFAC to Present ‘First Amendment and the Free Press’ at Hopkinton 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 2 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. on Oct. 12 at the Hopkinton Public Library, 13 Main Street in Hopkinton, Mass.

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

JOHN AMBACHER | Ambacher is a professor emeritus at Framingham State University, where he has taught since 1968. He is an expert on U.S. legal systems and American political thought, as well as a lecturer on the First Amendment.

ANNE BRENNAN (moderator) | Brennan is the regional director of news and operations for the MetroWest Daily News, the Milford Daily and 20 Gatehouse Media-owned weekly newspapers. She was previously an editor of the Cape Cod Times and its lifestyle and entertainment website,

BRAD PETRISHEN | Petrishen is a general assignment reporter for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. Previously, he reported for the MetroWest Daily News and Winchester Star, among others, and served as editor-in-chief at The Gatepost student newspaper at Framingham State University.

GREGORY V. SULLIVAN | A member of NEFAC’s Board of Directors, Sullivan serves as general counsel for the Union Leader Corporation. He teaches First Amendment Media Law at Suffolk University Law School in Boston and at the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications in Manchester, N.H.

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, the Barr Foundation, The Providence Journal Charitable Legacy Fund, The Boston Globe, WBUR and Boston University.