2017 James Madison Award Winner Former President Kris Passey
Longtime journalist, writer and open government advocate Kris Passey will be honored by the Washington Coalition for Open Government with the organization’s 2017 James Madison Award for his lifelong dedication to open government issues and transparency.
Before becoming publisher of the Marysville Globe and Arlington Times newspapers in the 1990s, Passey came from a journalism background and quickly became an important advocate for community journalism and open government in the Evergreen state. He served on the board of directors of the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association (WNPA), the state association for community newspapers.
WCOG has created a Kris Passey Legacy Fund to further his lifelong dedication to the Coalition’s mission — to help foster open government processes, supervised by an informed and engaged citizenry, which is the cornerstone of democracy. You can find the donate button on our homepage.
Transparency and public participation are building blocks of good government.
The Coalition was formed to act as an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated promoting and defending the People’s right to know in matters of public interest and in the conduct of the public’s business. The Coalition’s driving vision is to help foster open government processes, supervised by an informed and engaged citizenry, which is the cornerstone of democracy.