By: E&P Staff
The Association of Alternative Newsweeklies announced today that it will name a First Amendment Award in honor of late progressive columnist Molly Ivins, who died of breast cancer January 31 at the age 62.
The award will be given each year at the AAN’s annual convention to a North American journalist whose work “best embodies the spirit of Ivins’ legacy.” The first recipient will be announced May 1, and the award will be presented at the AAN’s June 14-16 gathering in Portland, Ore.
“Editors and publishers at alternative newspapers have always considered Molly Ivins ‘one of us,'” Memphis Flyer Publisher/AAN President Kenneth Neill said in a statement. “She got her basic training at one of our member newspapers [The Texas Observer], and when she left she continued to speak truth to power with wit and style. Her work speaks for itself, and speaks volumes about how much difference one courageous journalist can make.”
Ivins’ newspaper column was distributed by Creators Syndicate.