Meet the Media

Join these June 2021 virtual programs to learn more about the people who shape the news and keep us informed.

Free Spirit Conference 2021 Programs

Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media
Monday, June 21, 6:45 – 7:30 p.m. Eastern

Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and author Isabel Wilkerson will receive the 2021 Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media. Register here.

Isabel Wilkerson

A Conversation with Abby Phillip on Her Path to the CNN Anchor Desk’
Wednesday, June 23, 2 – 3 p.m. Eastern

Phillips shares her experiences in a Q&A with the Free Spirit scholars. Donors are invited to watch. Join here.

‘From Freedom Riders to Racial Justice’
Thursday, June 24, 2 – 3 p.m. Eastern

Rick Rojas, a reporter for The New York Times and alum of the Free Spirit and Chips Quinn Scholars programs, moderates a conversation with Freedom Rider Dr. Ernest “Rip” Patton and activist DeRay Mckesson sharing their life experiences and discussing the role of the media in civil rights movements. Donors are invited to watch this Free Spirit scholars program. Join here.

Abby Phillip
Rick Rojas