Lakeland (Fl.) public records watchdog Joel Chandler honored


LAKELAND | Joel Chandler's success in taking on public agencies that balk at turning over documents deemed in the public domain has earned the Lakeland man the 2012 Local Hero Award of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

The committee, a national, nonprofit organization providing free legal assistance to journalists, recognized Chandler for his dogged efforts to get state and local government agencies to honor Florida's open records law.

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is a member of NFOIC. –eds.