Kenneth A. Paulson (born 1953) is the director of the Free Speech Center at Middle Tennessee State University, the former dean of the MTSU College of Media and Entertainment and the former editor-in-chief of USA Today. from 2004 to 2009.
Paulson is also the founder and director of the non-partisan "1 for All" campaign for the First Amendment, which features celebrity endorsements from Brad Paisley, Kane Brown, Darius Rucker, Loretta Lynn and Scott Hamilton.Paulson is also the host of "The Songwriters," a nationally-distributed television show in partnership with the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Paulson edited Gannett Company newspapers in Wisconsin, New York, New Jersey, and Florida, which led to a personal connection with Gannett president Al Neuharth, founder of the Freedom Forum. He later led the Freedom Forum's First Amendment Center and its Newseum. In addition to the bachelor's degree in journalism he earned from the University of Missouri, he has a J.D. degree from the University of Illinois College of Law.
On September 26, 2018, Paulson testified before the United States House Committee on Education and Labor about how First Amendment rights were expressed on college campuses. During his testimony, Paulson said that he didn't "believe there’s an epidemic of suppression or intolerance in the nation’s universities," instead saying that most students were concerned about “paying for school, staying in school and making good enough grades to get a job when they leave.”
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