Sen. Jon Tester receives American Library Association’s 2017 James Madison Award

For Immediate Release
Thu, 03/02/2017


Shawnda Hines

Press Officer

Washington Office

American Library Association

(202) 628-8410

WASHINGTON, DC — Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) is the 2017 recipient of the American Library Association's James Madison Award, the ALA's Washington Office announced today.

Presented annually near the anniversary of President Madison's birth, the award honors individuals or groups who have championed, protected and promoted public access to government information and the public’s right to know. 

ALA Past President Sari Feldman will present the award in a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, March 15. The event will be streamed live from the Knight TV Studio in the Newseum. 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC, and can be viewed by visiting

The presentation of the award will take place during Sunshine Week, the annual nationwide celebration of open access to public information and what it means for communities across the country, and start off an event sponsored by the ALA's partners: the Project On Government Oversight, the Newseum Institute, the American Society of News Editors and Following the award ceremony, a panel discussion on “Accessing Information in the Trump Administration” will offer practical advice for journalists, advocates and others who rely on access to government data for informing the public and holding the government accountable.

The event is free and open to the public upon RSVP. Space is limited.