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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

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


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.   

Bill Abdo
Bob Austin
Jim Brandreth
Joe Collins 
General Michael Coyne
Coleman Foley 
Bob Hoffman
Arnold Karp
Bob Kearns 
Randy Kington
Bill Lutz 
General James Mead
Dick Munro
Dave Skonieczny
John Stoya 
Tim Timrud
Michael Trephan
John Urquhart 
Pappy Wagner
Bob Young 

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.