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WTOP’s Farley to Receive Freedom of Speech Award

Honor praises First Amendment in action

Jim Farley has been named as the 2012 recipient of the Freedom of Speech Award.

The WTOP Radio vice president of news and programming will be presented with the award June 7 at the New Media Seminar in New York City. Farley is billed to speak to attendees following the presentation.

Farley was modest about his win. “I am thrilled on behalf of the men and women in the WTOP newsroom whose hard work is protected by the First Amendment,” he said in a press release. “They do all the heavy lifting and I get credit for their hard work.”

The Freedom of Speech Award is presented by talk radio publication Talkers Magazine. It recognizes those who demonstrate “the First Amendment in action and raise awareness of its principles.”

Farley’s career in broadcasting began with teaching journalism at New York University and Fordham University. He later spent many years at NBC News, then ABC Radio Networks, joining the Washington, D.C.-area WTOP (then AM/now FM) in 1996.