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Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media

Kimberly Kindy receives Anvil of Freedom Award from Lynn Schofield Clark and members of the Ed Estlow family.

Estlow Center for International Journalism and New Media


Anvil of Freedom Award LogoEach year, the Center works with industry professionals and academic leaders to select the Estlow lecturer and recipient of the Anvil of Freedom Award. The honoree is invited to serve as a keynote lecturer at a universitywide event, which recognizes outstanding contributions to journalism and democracy and also speaks with classes and student groups during his or her visit to campus, thus providing opportunities for deeper learning among students, faculty, staff and members of the public. The event forges interdisciplinary and cross-institutional connections and enables the University of Denver to serve as host for a fulsome exploration of the state of journalism and its evolving relationship to the democratic self-governance so central to U.S. identity.

The Estlow Lecture began in 1993, and the Anvil of Freedom award first was presented in 1997. The award is given to the Estlow lecturer in recognition of his or her superior leadership and commitment to ethics, integrity and democratic freedoms, especially the protection of the First Amendment. In some years, it is also given in conjunction with the Margolin Distinguished Lecture

2018-2019 Anvil of Freedom Honoree: Alexander Heffner

Alexander HeffnerAlexander is host of "The Open Mind" on PBS. He has covered American politics, civic life and Millennials since the 2008 presidential campaign. His work has been profiled in The Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Des Moines Register, Christian Science Monitor, Variety, Medium, and on NBC News, MSNBC, C-SPAN, NPR, CNN, BBC and ABC, among other media outlets. His writing has appeared in TIME, USA TODAY, Daily Beast, Reuters, RealClearPolitics, NYT's Room for Debate, The Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe and Philadelphia Inquirer, among other publications. He is coauthor of A Documentary History of the United States (Penguin, 2018). He has lectured at the Newseum, National Constitution Center, Museum of American Finance, FDR Library and Museum, Post-Truth Initiative at University of Sydney, Center for Information and Bubble Studies at University of Copenhagen, Institute of Applied Politics at University of Akron, Center for Telecommunication and Law at Michigan State, Clemson, Sewanee, Franklin Pierce, Carroll and Skidmore College, among other institutions of learning. He was the political director for WHRB 95.3 FM and host of "The Political Arena." A native New Yorker, he is a graduate of Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts and Harvard.