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Making a Difference Award


The Matthew Shepard Foundation is proud to present the Making a Difference Award to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jonathan Capehart at the 15th Annual Honors Gala on October 8th, 2016 at the Westin Downtown Denver.

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Jonathan Capehart is a member of The Washington Post editorial board and writes about politics and social issues for the PostPartisan blog. He is an MSNBC Contributor, regularly seen on “Hardball” and “Morning Joe” and has served as a substitute anchor on “UP,” “Hardball,” “Way Too Early” and other MSNBC programs.

Capehart’s work has challenged inequities pertaining to racial, religious and LGBT bias in our country, and the Matthew Shepard Foundation is pleased to be honoring Jonathan Capehart. He also has a tremendous record of supporting both the African American and the LGBT communities through his work.


Capehart also has been a member of the Reporters Roundtable on ABC News’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” As a substitute host on “The Brian Lehrer Show” and “The Leonard Lopate Show” on WNYC New York Public Radio, Capehart has interviewed a wide variety of newsmakers and artists, from Attorney General Eric Holder and former Secretary of State James Baker to jazz great Nancy Wilson and actor Christoph Waltz.

In September 2014, the Advocate magazine ranked Capehart 9th out of 50 of the most influential LGBT people in media. In December 2014, Mediaite named him one of the “Top 9 Rising Stars of Cable News.”


The Matthew Shepard Foundation Honors Gala will be held on Saturday October 8th, 2016 at the Westin Downtown Denver Hotel. Tickets can be purchased online at or over the phone at (303) 830 – 7400.

Interested in booking hotel accommodations for the Gala weekend? Visit for information about our special guest room block at the Westin Downtown Denver Hotel. Please note that the deadline to reserve your room is September 30th.

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