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Madison Andersen Awards Breakfast 2018

& now presenting the Kenneth F. Bunting Award

Thank You for Coming!

Friday, September 21, 2018

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM I Breakfast Registration
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM I Awards Breakfast

Location 
Washington Athletic Club
1325 Sixth Avenue
Seattle, WA

 

Every year the Washington Coalition for Open Government recognizes teams of activists and journalists promoting open government as part of its annual Madison, Andersen, & Bunting awards. This year, the coalition will also be acknowledging a large cast of participants who were responsible for preventing the passage of Senate Bill 6617, which would have exempted the state legislature from the Public Records Act.

2018 Award Recipients

The People of Washington State
for their advocacy of transparency

As recognition of the estimated 20,000 calls and emails urging Gov. Inslee to veto bill SB 6617, WCOG is breaking from its past practice of selecting an individual to honor with the 2018 James Madison Award, and is recognizing the people of Washington for their advocacy of transparency.

Mike Fancher
former executive of The Seattle Times

Recipient of the James Andersen Award for service in furthering the work of the coalition is Mike Fancher, former executive editor of The Seattle Times. A board member of WCOG since 2006, he retired from The Times in 2008 after 40 years in journalism, and served recently as interim chair of the George S. Turnbull/Agora Journalism Center in Portland, part of the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication.

Rachel La Corte
Legislative Reporter for the Associated Press

Rachel La Corte, Associated Press correspondent in Olympia, will receive the Kenneth F. Bunting Award, which recognizes journalistic work that uses, advances or educates about the state’s access laws. La Corte has written numerous articles about legislative attempts to exclude itself from the Public Records Act, notably April 2017 stories about how the 1995 legislature passed a law that it contends exempts the body from the PRA. She also covered SB 6617, passed in less than 48 hours with little floor debate and no public hearings, which was subsequently vetoed by Gov. Jay Inslee.

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Media organizations throughout the state
for opinion pieces opposing SB6617

Sharing the 2018 Bunting Award for their part in urging the governor’s veto are media organizations throughout the state. Thirteen daily newspapers ran front-page editorials on Feb. 27 urging Gov. Inslee to veto SB 6617, and encouraging Washingtonians to also contact the governor’s office with their concern. Several television stations ran editorial commentary urging the same; and most of the state’s weekly newspapers, including at least two college papers, plus online news sites ran opinion pieces opposing SB 6617.

 

WCOG thanks its event sponsors

WCOG also thanks its Sustaining Partners and Madison Supporters

The Seattle Times

Clark Raymond & Associates

Toby Nixon

Cedar Grove

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Sam Pace

Davis, Wright, Tremaine LLP