Ken Paulson - Wikipedia

Kenneth A. Paulson (born 1953) is the director of the Free Speech Center at Middle Tennessee State University, former dean of MTSU's College of Media and Entertainment, and former editor-in-chief of USA Today.[1][2]

Paulson is the founder and director of the "1 for All" campaign for the First Amendment[3] He formerly hosted "The Songwriters," a television show MTSU created in partnership with the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.[4]

Paulson edited Gannett Company newspapers in Wisconsin, New York, New Jersey, and Florida,[5] which led to a personal connection with Gannett president Al Neuharth, founder of the Freedom Forum. Paulson later led the Freedom Forum's First Amendment Center and its Newseum.[6]

He earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law.

In 2018 Paulson testified before the United States House Committee on Education and Labor about how First Amendment rights were expressed on college campuses, saying he didn't "believe there’s an epidemic of suppression or intolerance in the nation’s universities." Instead, he said, most students were concerned about “paying for school, staying in school and making good enough grades to get a job when they leave.”[7]


  1. ^ "Greetings from the Dean of the College of Media and Entertainment". Retrieved July 14, 2019.
  2. ^ Broden, Scott (April 23, 2013). "Ex-USA TODAY editor named dean at Middle Tenn. State". USA Today. Retrieved July 10, 2020.
  3. ^ "Brad Paisley, Loretta Lynn, Kane Brown Partner To Raise Awareness Of First Amendment Rights". 2020-06-25. Retrieved 2020-08-11.
  4. ^ ""The Songwriters" rolls out nationwide in January". The Leading Edge. 2017-09-28. Retrieved 2020-08-11.
  5. ^ "Biography: Ken Paulson, USA TODAY Editor". 20 November 2008. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  6. ^ Hopkins, Jim (August 8, 2010). "Freedom Forum discloses management shake-up; Ken Paulson is out as president and chief operator". Retrieved July 14, 2019.
  7. ^ "Ken Paulson testifies before Congress". September 28, 2018. Retrieved July 10, 2020.

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