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The MLRC Institute is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit corporation created in 1988 to sponsor and support First Amendment education and research projects.  It has received a grant from the Dow Jones Foundation to fund a one-year fellowship position.  The WSJ-MLRC Institute Free Speech Fellow assists in supporting and further developing the Institute's First Amendment education and research projects.

The MLRC Institute Board thanks the Dow Jones Foundation and the Wall Street Journal for their continued support of the organization.




The MLRC Institute will be celebrating both Banned Books Week and Free Speech Week by setting up Speakers Bureau presentations across the country.  If you are interested in hosting a presentation or partnering with us, please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Our projects include:

First Amendment Speakers Bureau

First Amendment Video Contest

White Paper on the Reporter's Privilege

Free Press in a Free Society

MLRC Institute Libel Quiz

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Trustees and Officers

Andrew M. Mar (Treasurer), Microsoft Corporation
Stephanie S. Abrutyn, Home Box Office
Robert D. Balin, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Robert A. Feinberg, WNET
Jacob Goldstein, Dow Jones
Ashley Messenger, NPR
Mary Kate Tischler (Chair), CBS Broadcasting Inc.
Susan E. Weiner, NBCUniversal
George Freeman, MLRC Executive Director
Dorianne Van Dyke (Secretary), Staff Attorney at the MLRC Institute/WSJ-MLRC Institute Free Speech Fellow
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