"We are not the enemy of the people," Gardner said reciting the quote.
In the last five years, the media has come under attack from powerful figures including former president Donald Trump, Twitter owner Elon Musk, politicians, celebrities, and more.
The era of "fake news" took over the country which encouraged people to question the news stories journalists publish.
Public mistrust in the media helped incite a riot at the January 6th attack on the Capitol.
Forewarning people, Gardner used the Jefferson quote to remind people that without journalists, there will be no truth.
"Serving the people, you, the people of the tri-state area with responsible and unbiased journalism, this is our mission now and in the future," Gardner said. "And if we falter you damn well better let us know for your benefit and for ours."