I presented the award in the Education category to Prof. Steve Listopad for his work in enacting North Dakota's student free expression law and to Malkia Cyril in the Government category for her work in the net neutrality movement. Other 2015 winners included: Prof. Zephyr Teachout (Book Publishing), James Risen (Print Journalism) and Victor Navasky (Lifetime Achievement).
This was my second visit to the Mansion. I met with my fellow judges Pamela Samuelson and Ron Brownstein in March where we were treated to a personal tour of the home and grounds by Hugh Hefner's daughter and former Playboy CEO, Christie Hefner. For a home history buff, as I am, getting an up-close look at one of the most famous homes on Planet Earth and presenting "Hef" with his very own Home History Book was pretty awesome indeed!