First ‘Free Spirit’ Named

May 7, 1992: First ‘Free Spirit’ Named

Date: May 7, 1992

Terry Anderson, an Associated Press journalist held hostage in Lebanon for nearly seven years, receives the first Free Spirit Award soon after his release in 1991. The award, renamed in 2000 to honor Al Neuharth, was given until 2009 to recognize people who exemplified First Amendment freedoms.