Herschel Fink understands the importance of free speech. With more than 10 years as a newspaper reporter and editor, Fink has inside knowledge of and practiced experience with media law.
As a lawyer, he oversaw the legal defense of Detroit Free Press reporter David Ashenfelter, who refused to disclose the names of sources. His expertise also helped the Free Press to win a freedom of information lawsuit, which eventually allowed the paper to report the numerous illegal activities of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his administration.
Fink also co-authored the “Michigan Freedom of Information and Open Meetings Act” guidebooks published by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.
In 2005, the Michigan chapter of Society of Professional Journalists recognized Fink’s work as a “legal defender of publishers and journalists” with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
During AAN’s Convention in Detroit, Fink will address attendees of the Free Speech Lunch, which will take place Friday, June 8 at 12:45 p.m. Advance registration and separate fee are required to attend.