Meet New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet at UA Zenger Dinner


    “Since 1954, the University of Arizona journalism program has awarded the Zenger Award for Press Freedom to a journalist who fights for freedom of the press and the people’s right to know.

    Click here to purchase tickets for the 2017 dinner on Friday, Oct. 20, at the Westward Look Resort, 245 E. Ina Road. The reception starts at 5:30 p.m. and the dinner begins at 6 p.m. Individual tickets are $85 ($35 tax-deductible) and a table for 10 is $1,000 ($500 tax-deductible). People also may sponsor a student to attend for $85 (fully tax-deductible).

    Dean Baquet, executive editor of The New York Times, is this year’s winner.

    Baquet, 60, also has been a leading voice refuting President Trump’s assertion that the news media are the “enemy of the American people,” and cautioned the administration against trying to change libel laws.
    The award is named for a husband-and-wife team of pioneering journalists, John Peter and Anna Catherine Zenger. John Peter was editor of the New York Weekly Journal in 1734 when he was jailed by British colonial authorities on charges of seditious libel. He had criticized the corrupt administration of New York’s governor, William Cosby. While Zenger was imprisoned, Anna Catherine continued to publish the newspaper.

    John Peter Zenger’s subsequent trial and acquittal is considered a landmark case in the history of freedom of the press, helping to lay the foundation for the First Amendment. Past Zenger Award winners include Walter Cronkite, Bill Moyers and Katherine Graham.”

    Purchase tickets online by Oct. 17 here:

    Info:, 520-626-3079

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


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