Media industry-backed First Amendment think tank, The Media Institute, has named the recipients of its two industry awards for 2009. They are Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Va.), chairman of the House Communications Subcommittee, and Gary Shapiro, president of the Consumer Electronics Association.
Boucher will receive the First Amendment award for championing a federal shield law. Shapiro is getting the Horizon Award for leadership in promoting a strong and independent media.
ABC News president David Westin will be guest speaker at the awards banquet.
The awards will be given out Oct. 15 at the institute's annual banquet in Washington.