BGD Partner Dan Byron will be honored with the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame Distinguished Service Award for his body of work protecting journalists in their many investigative efforts and in holding governments accountable for their actions, both in the U.S. and abroad. He will be presented with the award during the Hall of Fame luncheon at the Columbia Club in Indianapolis on May 20. This will be the second time that the IJHF has presented the Distinguished Service Award. Byron concentrates his practice in media law, and has championed the First Amendment and press freedoms during his long career. He has defended the First Amendment and journalists throughout his career, including working with the International Senior Lawyers Project to end repercussions against journalists in Ghana, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Mongolia, and representing journalists pro bono with the Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Byron is president of the Indiana Debate Commission, serves on the boards of several media advocacy organizations and is general counsel for the Indiana Broadcasters Association. He was also recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Indiana Broadcasters in Association in 2008 for especially meritorious service and contributions in the field of broadcasting, the association’s highest honor; he is the only non-broadcaster to receive the award. Established in 1966, the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame honors media professionals with Indiana ties in its annual induction ceremony. At this same event, four outstanding journalists will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. It is a partner of the Indiana University Media School, which houses the hall of fame’s archives and materials. The Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame presents the Distinguished Service Award to honor individuals for outstanding career contributions that support Indiana journalism in ancillary means. The contributions can be made, for example, through the areas of technology, business or freedom of information.