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Mike Trephan with 2015 Honoree, Bob Orr
The Marines of Collier County took over from the Marine Corps League of Naples in 2016, and will assist the Honor the Free Press Executive Committee in future years to produce this event, with the able support of the Beasley Media Group, Inc., the Naples Daily News, and the Naples Press Club.
Honor The Free Press
Michael Trephan, Chair
Bob Young, Vice Chair
Ron Kezeske, Treasurer
Lois Bolin Smith, PhD, Secretary
General Michael Coyne, Advisor
Mrs. Augusta Petrone, Advisor
Other FOUNDER MEMBERS
Beasley Media Group, Inc.
Joel Banow, Producer/Director, JNB Productions
Phil Beuth, Former President, ABC Good Morning America
Lois Bolin Smith, PhD, Historian
Hal Buel, Associated Press Executive News Photo Editor, Past Pulitzer Judge
Myra Daniels, Founder, Naples Philharmonic
Homer Helter, Military Historian & Antique Mall Owner
Allen Horton, retired Senior VP, E.W. Scripts Company
Phil Jones, retired CBS News Correspondent
Ron Kezeske, Entrepreneur and Business Owner
Robert Levy, Chairman, CATO Institute
Jack Mehaffey, News Paper Owner& Journalist
Peter C. Miles USA, West Point Society Past President
Naples Daily News
Bob Orr, retired CBS News Correspondent
Ambassador Joseph and Mrs. Augusta Petrone
Wayne O. Smith, retired Company Executive, Capt USAF, Vietnam POW
Christine Sutherland, Real Estate Consultant
Kevin Wensing, Capt. USN, retired
FOUNDER MEMBERS Marines
General Michael Coyne
General James Mead
The 11th annual event was held on March 18, 2015, at the Naples Hilton. The honoree was Bob Orr.
Honor The Free Press, founded by U.S. Marine Veteran Michael Trephan, is an annual event, one of a kind in the country, with the aim of honoring the United States First Amendment right of a FREE PRESS. It is non-partisan and has no other agenda or political purpose.
For the past 11 years, the event was organized by the Honor the Free Press Executive Committee with the help of the Marine Corps League of Naples and the Naples Press Club.