NCTE National Intellectual Freedom Award Winners

2016
Matt de la Pena, Author

2016 Honorable Mention
Courtney Kincaid, North Richland Hills, TX
Nominated by the Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts

2015
Laurie Halse Anderson, Author

2015 Honorable Mentions
Rod Wagner, Lincoln, NE
Nominated by the Nebraska English Language Arts Council

Margaret Ford, Campbell, OH
Nominated by the Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts

2014
Brian Jeffrey, Montclair, CA

2014 Honorable Mention
Karen Arnrus Tollafield, Kent, OH
Nominated by Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts

2013
Judy Blume, Author

2013 Honorable Mention
Dorothea Susag, Fairfield, MT
Nominated by the Montana Association of Teachers of English Language Arts

NCTE/SLATE* National Intellectual Freedom Award Winners

2012
Martha Brennan and Rebecca Slagle, Louisville, KY

2012 Honorable Mention
Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award Organization

2011
Texas Civil Rights Project

2011 Honorable Mention
Educators Network for Social Justice

2010
David Protess, director of the Medill Innocence Project and professor of Journalism at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

2010 Honorable Mention
Karyn Storts-Brinks, Knoxville, TN

2009
Texas Freedom Network (Austin)

2008
Heather Gillman, high school student, Ponce de Leon High School, Florida

2008 Honorable Mention
Brandon Hensler, Howard Simon, and Randall Marshall of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida

2007
Kimberly Horne, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, Austin, Texas

2006
Blue Springs Board of Education, Blue Springs, Missouri

2005
Senator Richard Durbin (Illinois)

2004
James LaRue, Director of Douglas County Library System, Colorado

2003
Gloria Pipkin and ReLeah Cosset Lent, Lynn Haven, FL, At the Schoolhouse Gate: Lessons in Intellectual Freedom and Silent No More: Voices of Courage in American Schools

2002
Mark Goodman, Esq., Student Press Law Center, Virginia

2001
Joyce Meskis, The Tattered Cover Bookstore, Denver, Colorado

2000
Frosty Troy, editor The Observer, Oklahoma

1999
Jim Burke, Moderator of CATENet

1998
Chris Crutcher, Young Adult Author

1997
Washington Coalition Against Censorship

*SLATE Steering Committee was sunset in April 2012.