Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson has become a staunch and high-profile advocate for workplace equality, female empowerment, and for her work combating sexual harassment since departing Fox News in July 2016.
Carlson will be honored for that work, and for “her perseverance in the face of adversity and dedication to bringing the truth to light” by the Radio Television Digital News Foundation (RTDNF) in the form of the organization’s First Amendment Leadership Award.
The award will be presented to Carlson at the 2018 First Amendment Awards Dinner & Show on March 8th at the Marriott Marquis in Washington.
Carlson’s backstory is well-known.
A sexual harassment suit filed by Carlson against Fox News co-founder Roger Ailes that set in motion events that forced her former employer to change its company culture, and has led to tons of lawsuits, the revelation of tens of millions of dollars in settlements, and it has cost the jobs of top media execs and television news anchor and personalities, including Matt Lauer and Charlie Rose.
Carlson has also been credited as one of the first high-profile whistle blowers of today’s #MeToo movement.