Four state open government champions — from California, Georgia, South Dakota and Texas — will be inducted into the National Freedom of Information Coalition’s Open Government Hall of Fame, the organization announced this week.
The hall of fame recognizes long-term contributions of individuals to open government in their respective states. Specifically, induction recognizes the “long and steady effort to preserve and protect the free flow of information about state and local government that is vital to the public in a democracy.”
This year’s inductees have backgrounds in journalism, local government, law and academia.
They will be honored during the NFOIC’s 2019 Freedom of Information Summit April 13 in Dallas. This year’s summit marks the organization’s 30th anniversary.
The State Open Government Hall of Fame began in 2003, and since that time, inductees from 14 states have been honored for their dedication to protecting citizens’ rights.
The 2019 inductees are:
Brian Hunhoff (South Dakota): Hunhoff has been a community journalist for 41 years, and a county official for 23 years, defending
In 2017, Hunhoff
Hyde Post (Georgia): With a deep background in journalism and digital technology, Post served as vice president, internet for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and its web portfolio, including accessatlanta.com and ajc.com, which he helped develop in 1998. Prior to focusing full-time on the web, he served as assistant managing editor of the daily Atlanta Constitution and also headed the Innovation Group, a skunkworks for new product development. He served previously with the newspaper as a reporter, special projects editor and AME for local news. He edited and directed coverage of Pulitzer Prize-winning projects in 1988 and 1993
Laura Lee Prather (Texas): Prather is a Partner in the Litigation Practice Group at Haynes and Boone, LLP in Austin, Texas. She is an advocate at the Texas Legislature on First Amendment and open government concerns and was the lead draftsman and negotiator for several related bills, including the reporters’ privilege, anti-SLAPP statute, and Defamation Mitigation Act.
Richard P. McKee (California): McKee was
McKee helped design, administer and score a series of public records law compliance audits conducted by CalAware, with successive probes targeting leading state agencies, more than 200 law enforcement departments, and the public education system: 194 K-12 school districts, half of all community college districts, and all state university and UC campuses. A California law opening the records of state college and university campus foundations is named the Richard McKee Transparency Act