The Radio Television Digital News Foundation has announced that ABC News correspondent Linsey Davis will host the 30th annual First Amendment Awards Dinner & Show on March 5 at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, DC. Davis will take the stage to help recognize honorees who represent the valuable role journalists play in local and national media by practicing their constitutionally guaranteed duty to seek and report the truth. A total of seven awards will be given and the honorees will join 115 previous winners who championed a vital part of our democracy.
Davis joined ABC News in 2007 and works as a correspondent filing reports for “World News,” “Good Morning America,” “20/20” and “Nightline” as well as an anchor for “Prime” on ABC’s streaming channel, ABC News Live. She was at the forefront of reporting on the Me Too movement and secured the only interview with comedian Bill Cosby in the wake of dozens of sexual assault allegations. Additionally, Davis has moderated two Democratic presidential debates and covered major news stories around the globe including the Las Vegas massacre, Boston Marathon bombing, Nairobi Mall massacre and several of President Obama’s trips overseas.
Before joining ABC, Davis was anchor of the weekend evening newscasts at WTHR-TV in Indianapolis. She started out as a reporter in 2003 and, during her time there, reported from New Orleans in wake of Hurricane Katrina, from Torino for the 2006 Winter Olympics and from Athens for the 2004 Summer Olympics. From 2001-2003, she was a reporter at WJRT-TV, the ABC owned station in Flint, Michigan. Davis has received several honors for her reporting, including two Emmy® Awards and a regional Edward R. Murrow Award.
Upon accepting the invitation to host, Davis said, “It is a privilege to be a part of preserving the voice of Americans and maintaining our right to be curious, be outspoken and be heard.”
The 2020 First Amendment Award honorees include David Muir of ABC News, “60 Minutes” produced by CBS News, Robert (Bob) Horner of NBC News, Barbara Maushard of Hearst Television, Lori Montenegro of Telemundo, Senator Richard Blumenthal and Steve Andrews of WFLA-TV.
In addition to recognizing responsible journalism, the First Amendment Awards Dinner & Show is the Foundation’s largest annual fundraiser, enabling the Foundation to ensure the broadcast and digital news profession remains a critical part of our nation’s free press for generations to come and supporting scholarships for journalism students. To purchase tickets and tables, visit www.firstamendmentawards.org.
RTDNF, a 501(c)3 educational foundation, was created to help RTDNA members embody and uphold the standards of ethical journalism and promote leadership in the newsroom. The Foundation works for an America in which the press is able to hold the powerful to account, shine a light on corruption and act as a catalyst for positive change in local communities without denial of access, undue restriction, or fear of attack. We train and equip local journalists and journalism students to know their rights and report seek and report truth ethically – upholding your right to know.