The Fitzwater Center is an arena that recognizes excellence—spanning from high school students to established professionals. The Center grants annual scholarships to students who have expressed an interest in media or politics, throughout their high school career. In addition, an annual honors ceremony awards medallions for Leadership in Public Communication.
This year's ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 18th, 2019 in Spagnuolo Hall at
the Rindge Campus.
The Medallion Lecture
"The Global Battle for Journalism's Soul"
with Richard T. Griffiths
President, Georgia First Amendment Foundation
Retired, CNN Vice-President and Senior Editorial Director
3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Spagnuolo Hall
The Scholars' Reception
4:45 - 5:45 p.m., DiPietro Library Commons
The Honors Ceremony
6:00 - 7:00 p.m., Spagnuolo Hall
Diane Rehm is an award-winning former American Public Radio talk show host and bestselling author. A native Washingtonian, Rehm hosted The Diane Rehm Show on WAMU and NPR for nearly 40 years, which grew from a local program to one with international reach and a weekly on-air audience of more than 2.8 million. She now carries on in podcast form, reporting on issues that matter most to her: what’s going on in Washington, ideas that inform, and the latest on living well as we live longer.2017 recipient
Director and Founder, Project for Excellence in Journalism
PEW Research Centers
Senior Political Correspondent, NBC
News Correspondent-at-Large, NBC
Press Secretary to the President, The White House
Political Editor, C-SPAN
President, White House Correspondents Association
Senior White House Correspondent, U.S. News & World Report
The Honorable Chuck Hagel
U.S. Senator for Nebraska
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, U.S. Department of Defense
Samantha L. Debay
Steven E. Dodrill
Trent E. Spiner
Stephen C. Lacey
Frank S. Blais
Kristen M. Costa
Souhegan High School
ConVal High School
Mary Lukas DeWinkeleer
Londonderry High School
Kingswood Regional High School
Concord High School
ConVal High School
Pinkerton Academy, Derry
Manchester Central High School
If all communication depends on our ability to transmit ideas from one person to another, let this Center spark the intellectual curiousity, the enthusiasm and the personal integrity to make every person who passes through these halls a beacon unto the world."
The Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication offers numerous programs that reach out to constituencies on campus, within the region and beyond to the national arena.
In addition, the Department of Communication is housed within the Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication and offers degrees in Communication with concentrations in Journalism and Media Production as well as Media Studies, Sports Media, and Social Media and Emergent Technologies.
Learn more about the Center’s namesake, Marlin Fitzwater, who served as press secretary to presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.