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Media Given Permission To Cover Steve Bannon's Speech In Tucson

Steve Bannon
(Photo by Gage Skidmore - CC BY 2.0)
Steve Bannon.

The father of slain Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry said his son believed in the Constitution, including freedom of the press and the right to report on all things agreeable or not.

Ralph Terry said he is pleased to hear a Tucson resort has reversed its decision and invited the media to attend the Brian Terry Foundation Courage Awards and Benefit Dinner this Saturday.

Originally, the JW Marriott Resort banned media members from attending the dinner where Steve Bannon, the former White House Senior Counselor and founder of the alt-right newspaper Breitbart, is scheduled to speak.

"He'll speak about border security and Border Patrol issues," Terry said, referring to Bannon's insights as President Trump's former aide. "So, he has information about those topics that I think our audience will want to hear. If he's polarizing, I'm sorry about that."

Terry's son Brian was the border agent killed in 2010 by an armed gunman with weapons from the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agency's (ATF) failed "Fast and Furious" mission.

If nothing else, he said he hopes to educate people about his son Brian Terry and the foundation created in his honor.

"There are people that will hear about Brian that would never would have heard about him. And I take that as a very positive thing," he said.

The Brian Terry Foundation Courage Awards and Benefit Dinner takes place Saturday, Nov. 18 at 5:00 p.m. at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa in Tucson.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The story has been updated to reflect the correct agency as ATF.

Holliday Moore is a native Arizonan and veteran journalist who joined KJZZ’s news team in January 2017.Moore graduated from Arizona State University after double majoring in mass communications and marketing/management. She spent her first two decades reporting for television news, beginning in small markets and working up to congressional correspondent in Washington, D.C., for a political news service.Family commitments in Arizona brought her back to the Southwest, where she covered legislative and court beats for Albuquerque’s KRQE-TV and the infamous Four Corner Manhunt as KREZ-TV’s managing editor.Back home in Phoenix, she developed ABC15’s “Democracy Project,” now instituted at all Scripps’ news stations nationwide. Her work garnered “Best Practices” recognition by the Poynter Institute and the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.Her television reports, from sports to cultural issues, earned her multiple Emmy and Associated Press nominations, including a Rocky Mountain Emmy for her Hopi Partition Land Act coverage.As she started a family, Moore started her own media production agency, producing magazine-style travel stories for the Emmy-winning Arizona Highways Television show while working part time for a Valley radio station. She is convinced radio is where visual, sound, and print are merging through deeper storytelling. In her relatively short time with radio network affiliates, she has won four Edward R. Murrow Awards and multiple nominations from other professional news societies.Moore now teaches advanced broadcast writing to the next generation of reporters at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where a high percentage have gone on to receive national awards for their work in her class. She enjoys being back home near childhood friends and sharing the beautiful Arizona desert with her husband and young son.