Wesley Lowery of CBS News to Deliver Keynote Address at 10th Annual New England First Amendment Institute

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Wesley Lowery, former reporter for the Washington Post and current correspondent for the 60 Minutes spinoff “60 in 6”, will open the 10th annual New England First Amendment Institute.

The institute — hosted each year by the New England First Amendment Coalition and provided at no cost to those who attend — begins Sept. 26 and features many of the country’s elite reporters, editors and media attorneys.

Lowery, who in 2013 attended the institute while working at The Boston Globe, is author of They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement. At the Washington Post, he primarily covered issues of race and justice. He has twice been a member of teams awarded the Pulitzer Prize, and his work has appeared in the Globe, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Atlantic and Sports Illustrated.

10th Annual
New England First Amendment Institute
Provided by the New England First Amendment Coalition

A week-long investigative journalism program provided at no cost to select New England journalists and featuring many of the country’s elite reporters, editors and media attorneys. Learn more.

The New England First Amendment Institute provides editors and reporters with the support and training necessary to become accomplished investigative journalists, well versed in the freedom of information laws that govern today’s difficult reporting landscape.

Margaret Sullivan, media columnist for the Washington Post, will provide closing remarks on Oct. 3.

Faculty this year include Errin Haines of The 19th; Kyle Hopkins of the Anchorage Daily News and ProPublica; Todd Wallack of The Boston Globe; Keila Torres Ocasio of Hearst Connecticut Media Group; Mike Beaudet of WCVB-Boston and Northeastern University; Walter V. Robinson of The Boston Globe; and Casey McDermott of New Hampshire Public Radio.

All institute speakers and instructors — with more to be added — can be found here.

The program is typically offered over three days at Northeastern University in Boston. Due to health concerns related to COVID-19 and the limited ability of many journalists in the region to take extended time off, fellows this year will be attending remotely.

The institute will consist of weekday morning sessions with multiple presentations held each Saturday. There will also be several classes scheduled around the availability of this year’s fellows to accommodate individual preferences. View the full schedule 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 Boston Globe, Paul and Ann Sagan, WBUR, Boston University and the Robertson Foundation.