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Edward Lowry Memorial Award for Citizenship Ceremony
We hope you can join us to honor the life and legacy of Edward D. Lowry by recognizing outstanding civic engagement and learn about the good work accomplished in communities across the country, despite the conditions of the last year.

May 21, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Kelly Kehoe
Master of Ceremonies @First Amendment Voice
Kelly Kehoe is First Amendment Voice's blog writer and a tenure-track professor of media and communication studies at Portland Community College. As a former national college debate champion, international forensics judge, and business journalist, she is an enthusiastic supporter of the First Amendment in all areas of her life. Her lifelong passion for research and freedom of speech inspired her to join the speech and debate team at Irvine Valley College in 2010, where she later returned as an adjunct professor prior to moving to Oregon. She received her M.A. from CSU-Long Beach in 2018, after completing her Master's thesis, "Entitled Snowflakes with Student Loans and Side Hustles: Media Governmentality and the Paradoxical Construction of the Millennial Generation."
Lu Hanessian
Co-Presenter @First Amendment Voice
Lu Hanessian is an award-winning journalist, former NBC network anchor and Discovery Health Channel host, with more than twenty-five years of on-air experience, and an active speaker, educator, and consultant. Lu designs and teaches workshops and courses on stress resilience, adaptive leadership, and mindfulness, integrating the latest research in brain science, emotional intelligence, interpersonal neurobiology, and applied positive psychology. As a researcher and educator, she also lectures on media, journalism, and public health; the science of connection and adversity; and cultivating trauma-informed, resilience centered companies, schools, and communities.
Ed Hambleton
Co-Presenter @First Amendment Voice
Ed has a background in the arts that began with his career as an actor. He studied with the acting program at Juilliard in New York. Ed continued working as an actor in New York and Baltimore for several years. He later worked in theater management as a Company Manager for several off -Broadway theaters, The Williamstown Theater Festival and was Company Manager for “Gospel at Colonus”, five week run in Paris, France. Ed has been very committed to volunteerism for many years. He has worked as a Court Appointed Special Advocate, (CASA) for two young men going thru the foster care system in Baltimore. He has worked with Meals on Wheels, in Virginia and Baltimore. Ed is excited to be “re-energizing” his acting skills, pursuing a career as a voice over actor. He has studied voice over coaching with Edge Studios in New York. Family is first and foremost in Ed’s life. He lives with his wife Gail in Baltimore. Together they have four adult children.