Ailes, Dozier, Woodruff earn free press nods


NEW YORK -- Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, ABC's Bob Woodruff and CBS' Kimberly Dozier will be honored at the 17th annual First Amendment Awards Dinner in Washington.

The awards, set for March 8, are held by the Radio and Television News Directors Foundation. They will honor the journalists' work on freedom of the press in the U.S. and worldwide. Ailes, Dozier, Woodruff and New England Cable News' Philip Balboni are this year's honorees; all are scheduled to attend the dinner.

Ailes will receive the 2006 First Amendment Leadership Award, whose past recipients include Floyd Abrams, Katharine Graham, Don Hewitt, Roone Arledge and Ted Turner, among others. Woodruff and Dozier each will get the Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award, and there will be a tribute to every journalist who has been hurt or killed in covering the war in Iraq. Others who have received the award include Ed Bradley, Sam Donaldson, Jim Lehrer and Diane Sawyer.

The founder of New England Cable News, Balboni will receive the First Amendment Service Award. It goes to someone working in a management capacity. Previous winners include CBS News' Susan Zirinsky.