Key Award.

Key Award

Criteria
Any person or organization who has done something notable for the cause of open government within the past 12 months is eligible; this includes board members, WCOG members, the general public, or public officials. Individual self-nominations will not be accepted, although individuals may nominate their organizations.
Nomination Form (.pdf)

Recent Recipients

July 25, 2017 – Brittany Voie, Natalie Johnson, & The Chronicle

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Pictured Left to Right: columnist Brittany Voie, publisher Christine Fossett, editor Eric Schwartz, reporter Natalie Johnson and WCOG Board Member Karen Peterson. At their request, this presentation was made on the steps of the Lewis County Courthouse, directly beneath the window of the offending county commissioners. 

Past Recipients

+5/16/17 - Matthew Hayward

May 16, 2017

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Pictured (from left to right): WCOG President Toby Nixon and Matthew Hayward, state coordinator with the Freedom Foundation.

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+5/16/17 - Dayal Trusty

May 16, 2017

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Pictured (from left to right): WCOG President Toby Nixon and Washington State Patrol Public Records Officer Dayal Trusty. 

+5/15/17 - Malheur Enterprise

May 15, 2017

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Washington Coalition for Open Government took an extraordinary step by awarding this Oregon publication with an open government Key Award due to their hard work, persistence, and victory in a case of government transparency.  

+3/16/17 - Mike Baker and Justin Mayo

March 16, 2017

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Pictured (from left to right): Seattle Times Executive Editor Don Shelton; WCOG President Toby Nixon; reporters Mike Baker and Justin Mayo; Managing Editor Michele Matassa Flores. (Photo: Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times)

+10/20/16 - Lincoln County Commissioners

October 20, 2016

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Pictured (from left to right): Commissioner Scott Hutsell, Chairman of the Commission Rob Coffman, WCOG Board Member David Dewhirst, and Commissioner Mark Steadman. 

+10/3/16 - Port of Port Angeles

October 3, 2016

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Pictured: WCOG Board Member, George Erb, port commission President Colleen McAleer, and Commissioner Connie Beauvais.

+9/23/16 - Kathy and Gerald Kingen

September 23, 2016

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Pictured: WCOG President Toby Nixon and Key Award recipients, Kathy and Gerald Kingen.

+6/10/16 - John Geniuch

June 10, 2016

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Pictured: Toby Nixon, WCOG President, and John Geniuch, Key Award Recipient.

+2/23/16 - SeaTac City Council

February 23, 2016

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Pictured: from left to right: Kathryn Campbell, Tony Anderson, Michael Siefkes (Deputy Mayor), Peter Kwon, Pam Fernald, Erin Sitterley, and Rick Forschler (Mayor).


+1/23/16 - Patricia Peterson

January 23, 2016

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Pictured: Patricia Peterson, Key Award recipient, and Toby Nixon, WCOG President.


+12/18/15 - Steven Merrival

September 18, 2015

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Pictured: Toby Nixon, WCOG President with Steven Merrival, Key Award recipient.
Photo by Marcus R. Donner © 2015


+12/18/15 - Tim Clemens

September 18, 2015

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Pictured: Toby Nixon, WCOG President with Tim Clemans, Key Award recipient.
Photo by Marcus R. Donner © 2015

+3/14/15 - Bob Fortner and Althea Paulson

March 14, 2015

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Key awards - Paulson and FortnerPictured: Toby Nixon, WCOG President with Bob Fortner and Althea Paulson, Key Award Winners.


+3/14/15 - Steven Friederich

March 14, 2015

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Key award - FriederichPictured: Toby Nixon, WCOG President and Steven Friederich Key Award Winner.


+3/14/15 - Gene Pollard

March 14, 2015

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Pictured: Toby Nixon, WCOG President and Gene Pollard, Key Award Winner.

+3/4/15 - Mike Wagers

March 4, 2015

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Chief Wagers receives award from Coalition for Open GovermentPictured: Mike Wagers, COO, accepting Key Award Winner for the Seattle Police Department and Toby Nixon, WCOG President.


+2/13/15 - Arthur West

February 13, 2015

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Pictured: Toby Nixon, WCOG President and Arthur West, Key Award Winner.


+1/5/15 - David Timmons

January 5, 2015

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Pictured: David Timmons, Key Award Winner and Patience Rogge, WCOG Board Member.


+11/6/14 - KOMO4 News and Tracy Vedder

November 6, 2014

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Pictured: Judy Endejan, WCOG Board Member, Holly Gauntt, KOMO 4 News Director, Tracy Vedder, Key Award Winner and George Erb, WCOG Board Member.


+9/5/14 - Everett Herald

September 5, 2014

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+8/4/14 - Jody Bardin

August 4, 2014

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Pictured: Judy Bardin, Key Award Winner and David Seago, WCOG Board Member.


+6/26/14 - Sandy Stokes

June 26, 2014

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Pictured: George Erb, WCOG Board Member, Sandy Stokes, Key Award Winner and Peggy Watt, WCOG Board Member.


+6/25/14 - Mike Baker

June 25, 2014

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Pictured: Eric Stahl, WCOG Board Member, Mike Baker, Key Award Winner, and Kathy Sakahara, WCOG Board Member.


+5/6/14 - Roger Harnack

May 6,2014

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Pictured: Kathy George, WCOG Board Member, Roger Harnack, Key Award Winner, Cynthia Mitchell, WCOG Board Member and Nancy Krier, AG Open Government Ombudsman.

Previous recipients by year – Contact our office for more information
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2014   *Details above

Holly Gauntt, Tracy Vedder*
The Daily Herald*
Sandy Stokes*
Mike Baker*
Roger Harnack*
Second Amendment Foundation
Carrie Rodriguez
Cindy Ference
Gov. Jay Inslee
Mike Baker

2013

Laurie Rogers
Drew Hendricks
Yakima Herald-Republic/KAPP/KIMA/KNDO
The City of Kirkland
The Seattle Times/Mike Carter
Hunter George/Pierce Co. web team
Jonah Spangenthal-Lee
Mike Anderson

2012

William Kildall
Patricia Slaten
Kim Hendrickson
Mickey Gendler
Matt Rosenberg
Carl Hu

2011

Senator Pam Roach
Elizabeth Campbell
Walter (Walt) Jorgensen
Robert (Bob) Shirley
Senator Jim Honeyford
Councilmember John Knutsen

2010

Anthony Hemsted
Yakima Herald-Republic
Eric Rachner
Brad Andersen
Everett Government Watchers – Barbara Lamoureux & Paul Donovan
Gloria Howell
Tacoma News Tribune (Karen Peterson)
Jessica Olson
D. Edson Clark
Meredith Mechling
Ira Appelman
Pat McCarthy

2009

Sam Taylor

2008

Debra Kolrud
Donna McKereghan
Concerned Citizens in Action
Allied Law Group
David Koenig
James Neff
Dr. Martha Martin
Charlie Burrow
Greg Hansen
Bruce Chandler
Shawn Bunney
Brenden Williams

2007

Armen Yousoufian
Todd Hodgen
Mark Mahnkey
Rep. Lynn Kessler
Rob McKenna
Glen Milner
Michael Brannan
Ken Meyer
Beth O’Neill
Doug O’Neill
Greg Overstreet
The Seatte Times