Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan will receive the New England First Amendment Coalition‘s 2017 Stephen Hamblett First Amendment Award.

The award is named after the late publisher of The Providence Journal and given each year to an individual who has promoted, defended or advocated for the First Amendment throughout his or her career.

NEFAC will honor Ms. Sullivan at its annual luncheon from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 24 at the Park Plaza Hotel in Boston, Mass. The coalition will also present its Freedom of Information Award and Antonia Orfield Citizenship Award during the event.