NEFAC to Present ‘First Amendment and the Free Press’ at Providence Community 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 Nov. 6 at the Providence Community Library, Olneyville Branch, 1 Olneyville Square in Providence, R.I.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required by calling 401.421.4084 x4301 or emailing

Speakers include:

STEVEN BROWN | Brown is executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island and has served in the role for more than 30 years. He also served as executive director of the Iowa Civil Liberties Union and worked at the Philadelphia ACLU.

STEPH MACHADO | Machado is a Target 12 investigative reporter at WPRI covering the city of Providence and politics. She holds government officials accountable at the Rhode Island State House and tracks crime and punishment in Southern New England.

TOM MOONEY | Mooney has been a reporter for 28 years, the last 23 years for The Providence Journal covering news locally, nationally and abroad. His stories have won regional and national recognition, including as a Pulitzer Prize finalist for team coverage of The Station nightclub fire.

G. WAYNE MILLER (moderator) | Miller is a staff writer at The Providence Journal and a Visiting Fellow at Salve Regina University’s Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy, where he is co-founder and director of the Story in the Public Square program.

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.