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Nominations Open for Madison-Andersen, Bunting Awards, Deadline May 31, 2019

Nominations are now open for WCOG’s annual awards, recognizing individuals or groups who have made outstanding contributions to the cause of open government in Washington.

Nominations are due by May 31 for the 2019 James Madison, James Anderson and Kenneth Bunting Awards.

The James Madison Award honors an individual or organization whose long-term commitment to the First Amendment and to open government has been shown through exemplary words or deeds. Named for one of the primary authors of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, it is among the highest honors WCOG bestows to honor transparency advocates.

The James Andersen Award honors an individual or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to the work of the Washington Coalition for Open Government. It is named after James Andersen, retired chief justice of the Washington Supreme Court and a founding member of the coalition.

The Kenneth F. Bunting Award, named for the former Seattle P-I editor and longtime advocate for open government issues in several states, honors journalistic work. Nominees may have used Washington’s access laws to break stories, informed the public of these resources or exposed violations of the state’s transparency laws. It is designed to honor journalism that promotes transparency and openness at all levels of government.

Full criteria, nomination forms, and lists of past recipients are available in the awards section of the WCOG site. (Madison Award; Andersen Award; and Bunting Award.)

The awards will be presented at WCOG’s annual Madison Andersen Awards Breakfast on Friday, September 21 at the Washington Athletic Club.

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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.


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