New “Face the Nation” moderator Margaret Brennan to headline First Amendment Awards

February 28, 2018 11:00


WASHINGTON – The Radio Television Digital News Foundation has announced Margaret Brennan will serve as the master of ceremonies for its 28th annual recognition of First Amendment champions on March 8, 2018. The First Amendment Awards: Freedom Fails Without A Free Press will honor the biggest names in broadcast and digital journalism at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, D.C.

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"Margaret Brennan is an outstanding responsible journalist who has tremendous credibility in Washington,” said Dan Shelley, executive director of RTDNA/RTDNF. “Having her as our master of ceremonies is an honor."

Brennan was named moderator of CBS News’ “Face the Nation” last week, and took over the role on Feb. 25. Brennan has covered a host of vital political and international stories for the network as a correspondent. In recent months, she interviewed top Trump administration officials, including an interview with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that aired on “60 Minutes.”

Brennan has reported on politics, international affairs, and global markets since 2002. She joined CBS News in 2012 and was named White House and senior foreign affairs in 2017.

Since 2012, Brennan has been based in Washington and has reported on the Trump administration, and previously President Obama's administration, for all CBS News programs.  Previously, Brennan covered the State Department for four years, where she reported on major national security stories including nuclear negotiations with Iran; restoration of diplomatic ties with Cuba; the standoff with North Korea; the conflict in Ukraine; and the accord to transfer control of Syria's chemical weapons.

“We are experiencing an unprecedented number of attacks to our integrity and role in society,” said Shelley. “Showcasing and celebrating responsible journalism matters more than ever. Through our First Amendment Awards, we shine a light on individuals and news organizations who seek and report the truth ethically and responsibly."


The annual First Amendment Awards Dinner & Show is an opportunity to recognize and support responsible journalism and is the Foundation’s biggest annual fundraiser, raising essential funds to ensure that the broadcast and digital news profession remains a critical part of our nation’s free press for generations to come. To purchase tickets and tables, visit



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 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 seek and report truth ethically – upholding your right to know.

RTDNF thanks our sponsors, including CBS News, NBC News, MSNBC and Know Your Value, CNN, Hearst Television, ABC News, CNN Newsource, Nexstar, Rock'n Robin Productions and TEGNA, for their support of RTDNF and the First Amendment Awards


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