CA: Local journalist wins Freedom of Information Award

When Thadeus Greenson first started investigating a story about the Eureka Police Department, he had no idea what trials he’d face when trying to access information through a video of an officer who arrested a minor.

Greenson, who’s covered the case since 2013, first as a reporter for the Times-Standard and later as the editor of the North Coast Journal, filed an August 2014 request for the arrest video under the California Public Records Act.

Three and a half years later, Greenson has won the James Madison Freedom of Information Award in the Professional Journalist category from the Society of Professional Journalists.