Brooks Dubose at The Capital Gazette:
Chris Wallace, the longtime Fox News host and recent;y an Annapolis resident, has been tapped to be the keynote speaker at the dedication of a First Amendment memorial in Annapolis this summer, according to a letter obtained by The Capital. “The City appreciates your willingness to be the keynote speaker for this effort to recognize and remember the Capital newspaper reporters and staff and to have a permanent commitment to the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution,” Mayor Gavin Buckley wrote to Wallace on Thursday. “We want to always remember that the 1st Amendment is important to our civil society and to all Constitutional protections that are crucial to our democracy.” The Guardians of the First Amendment Memorial will be dedicated on June 28, the third anniversary of the shooting at the Capital Gazette newsroom in 2018 that took the lives of five staff members, Rebecca Smith, Wendi Winters, John McNamara, Rob Hiaasen and Gerald Fischman.
In December, President Donald Trump signed into law the Fallen Journalists Memorial Act, which authorizes the construction of a memorial honoring journalists slain doing their job, including the five Capital staffers. The monument will be built in Washington D.C. and is expected to take seven years to build.