At the Society of Professional Journalist's annual Page One banquet in early June, Professor Jane Kirtley, director of the Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law, was honored with the Peter S. Popovich Award for Freedom of Information. She is a long-time advocate for the public's right to hold elected officials accountable and is an international expert on topics such as media law, transparency and First Amendment rights.
Page One President Sarah Bauer told the crowd of more than 150 Minnesota journalists at St. Paul's Town & Country Club that she considers Professor Kirtley a mentor and friend and said that Professor Kirtley's body of work is "worthy of notice."
The Peter S. Popovich Award honors those who fight for First Amendment rights and has been presented at the Page One banquet for more than 30 years. Popovich, who won the award himself in 1990, is the only person in Minnesota's history to serve as both Chief Judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals and Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court.
The Minnesota Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists handed out close to 200 awards honoring the best in Minnesota newspaper, television, and magazines at the banquet. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton was the event's keynote speaker and he took questions for more than a half hour from the room full of journalists. For a full list of winners, click here.