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2022 Free Expression Awards

April 28 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm EDT

2022 Free Expression Awards

The Freedom Forum invites you to meet outstanding champions of free and fearless expression. Join us virtually to honor these heroes for exercising their First Amendment freedoms to uplift and advocate for others.

Jonathan Capehart, Washington Post columnist and MSNBC anchor
Hosted by Jonathan Capehart
Washington Post associate editor and MSNBC anchor

Jordan Klepper
Featured entertainer Jordan Klepper
‘The Daily Show’ contributor

Hosted by Jonathan Capehart, Washington Post associate editor and MSNBC anchor, and featuring entertainment by “The Daily Show” contributor Jordan Klepper, the 2022 awards honor:

Alberto Ibargüen

President and CEO, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, recipient of the 2022 Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media.

Eric Treene

Former special counsel for Religious Discrimination, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice.

Nikole Hannah-Jones

Knight Chair in Race and Journalism and Founder of the Center for Journalism and Democracy, Howard University

Leaders of Stop AAPI Hate

•   Manjusha P. Kulkarni, executive director, AAPI Equity Alliance
•   Cynthia Choi, co-executive director, Chinese for Affirmative Action
•   Russell Jeung, professor, San Francisco State University, College of Ethnic Studies, Asian American Studies Department


Platinum Sponsors

The Reef Team

Knight Foundation

Gold Sponsors

Bloomberg Philanthropies

The New York Times Company

Stand Together Trust

Silver Sponsors

Goldman Sachs • Heather and Paul Haaga Jr. • President Wayne A.I. Frederick, Howard University • John and Cynthia Lee • Jan Neuharth and Joseph Keusch • News Corp • Sequentur • Twitter • Barbara and Christopher Wall

Health & Safety Sanitation Station Sponsor

Storzer & Associates, P.C.

Coat Check Sponsor

Baker Donelson

Media Sponsor

The Wall Street Journal

Valet Sponsors

Marcum LLP • Nixon Peabody LLP • USA TODAY Network

Additional support provided by Rogers Yogodzinski LLP.

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Event Chairs: Peter Nguyen and Joseph Reef


Steering Committee
Peter Nguyen and Joseph Reef, Event Chairs
Kristina Arriaga
Martin Baron
Wolf Blitzer
Antoinette Bush
Connie Chung and Maury Povich
Wayne A. I. Frederick
Heather and Paul G. Haaga Jr.
Clark Hoyt and Linda Kauss
Brent W. Jones
John and Cynthia Lee
Elisa Lees Muñoz
Barbara Wall
Judy Woodruff and Al Hunt

Honorary Host Committee
Senator Ben Cardin
Congresswoman Judy Chu
Congresswoman Sharice Davids
Senator Dianne Feinstein
Congresswoman Kay Granger
Senator Amy Klobuchar
Senator Patrick J. Leahy
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, U.S. House of Representatives
Senator Rob Portman
Senator Jeanne Shaheen
Senator Chris Van Hollen
Senator Mark Warner

To learn about sponsoring the 2022 Free Expression Awards, or to make a contribution to support our work, please contact Elizabeth Dickson at [email protected].


April 28
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm EDT
Event Category:


The Anthem
901 Wharf Street SW
Washington, DC 20024 United States
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Freedom Forum
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