WASHINGTON — Meredith Attwell Baker, president of CTIA: The Wireless Association, and Peggy Noonan, columnist for The Wall Street Journal, will be honored at The Media Institute's Friends and Benefactors Banquet Oct. 21 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington.
Noonan will receive the Freedom of Speech Award, while Baker will get the American Horizon award. Noonan is a former speechwriter for President Reagan and the author of over a half dozen books.
The Free Speech award goes to an individual for promoting and advancing free speech and the First Amendment. The American Horizon Award goes to an individual recognized for visionary leadership in the communications industry.
Baker is former head of the National Telecommunications & Information Administration, a former Republican Federal Communications Commission member, and was senior vice president of government affairs at Comcast before taking the helm of CTIA in June 2014 from former president Steve Largent.
Wiley Rein Chairman Dick Wiley will be master of ceremonies for the event, and Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, will deliver the keynote address.
The Media Institute is a nonprofit free speech and communications policy think tank supported by various media companies.