Veteran journalist Donnis Baggett, former publisher and editor of The Eagle, was honored Friday by the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas for his work in fighting for open government and the First Amendment.
Baggett, who is executive vice president of the Texas Press Association, leads the group's governmental affairs program, which focuses on protecting open records, open meetings and public notice at all levels of government.
"When you wrap yourself in the First Amendment for four decades, it's always front of mind, and it's easy to assume that it's front of mind for everybody else, but it isn't. I'm still surprised that we have to constantly explain how important it is — especially to some of those in the pink building who are too willing to shrug it off in the name of efficiency or privacy or security," Baggett told foundation members, referring to state legislators. Continue>>>