This award is named to honor Louis E. Ingelhart, retired Ball State University journalism professor, who dedicated much of his life to studying, writing and teaching the applications of the First Amendment. The award will be made when meritorious candidates are brought forth.
Recipients of this award are professional journalists, institutions or advisers who have made an extraordinary, longterm contribution in support of the First Amendment. This award is not limited to CMA members.
2021: Steven Listopad, Henderson State University
2019: Bob Bergland, Northwest Missouri State University
2018: Tammy Merrett, Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville
2017: Lane Bove, Loyola Marymount University
2016: Andrea Frantz, Buena Vista University
2015: Frank LoMonte, Student Press Law Center
2014: Mark Witherspoon, Iowa State Daily
2011: Mike Hiestand, Student Press Law Center
2006: Karen Bosley, Ocean County College
2005: William M. Lawbaugh, Mount Saint Marys College
2004: Gene Policinski, Freedom Forum First Amendment Center, Vanderbilt University
1998: James Tidwell, Eastern Illinois University
1996: Mark Goodman,, Executive Director, Student Press Law Center
1993: John David Reed, Eastern Illinois University
1992: Paul McMasters, Freedom Forum First Amendment Center, Vanderbilt University
1991: Reid H. Montgomery, South Carolina Press Association
1989: David Adams, Kansas State University
1987: Nancy Green, Richmond, Ind.
1983: Louis E. Ingelhart, Ball State University
1982: Jean Otto, Chair, First Amendment Congress
1980: Jack C. Landau, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press