Madison Andersen 2019.

Madison Andersen Awards Breakfast 2019

& now presenting the Kenneth F. Bunting Award

Friday, September 20, 2019

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM I Breakfast Registration
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM I Awards Breakfast
Registration Fees 
$50 I Per Person
$500 I Table of Ten
Washington State Convention Center
Room 602-604, Level 6
705 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101
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 three individuals who have contributed to keeping public records accessible in Washington State. 

2019 Award Recipients

Judge William Downing
Former King County Superior Court Judge & Former
Chair of the Bench-Bar-Press Liaison Committee

For his long-term commitment to the cause of open government. Downing served as chair of the Bench-Bar-Press Liaison Committee for more than 16 years, mediating numerous disputes that balanced interests involving access to public records.

Elly  Walker
former executive director, Washington Coalition for Open Government

Recognized for her care of the Coalition above and beyond its role as her client by receiving the James Andersen Award, given for advancing the efforts of WCOG. Andersen, a former chief justice of the Washington State Supreme Court, was a founding board member of the Coalition.

Eli Sanders
Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist, The Stranger

For his investigation into online campaign ads in light of Washington state’s regulations and disclosure laws. One result of his reporting of dozens of stories in The Stranger was lawsuits against Facebook and Google by the state Attorney General, and a $425,000 settlement for the companies’ failure to follow Washington access laws – and their decision to stop selling political ads in the state because of its tough disclosure rules.


WCOG thanks its event sponsors

WCOG also thanks its Sustaining Partners and Madison Supporters

The Seattle Times

Clark Raymond & Associates

Toby Nixon

Cedar Grove

Archive In A box

Sam Pace

Davis, Wright, Tremaine LLP



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