Nominations sought for the State Open Government Hall of Fame


Nominations sought for the State Open Government Hall of Fame

January 14, 2019

The National Freedom of Information Coalition is seeking nominations for this year’s “Heroes of the Fifty States,” the Open Government Hall of Fame. The open government hall of fame recognizes individuals for their “long and steady effort to preserve and protect the free flow of information about state and local government that is vital to the public in a democracy.”  

Formal induction takes place at the annual Freedom of Information Summit. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the FOI Summit and the induction will occur on Saturday, April 13th, in Dallas, Texas.

The State Open Government Hall of Fame is open to anyone who has made a substantial, sustained and lasting contribution to open government or freedom of information within a particular state. Even if the nominee has been active in national efforts or national organizations, the judges will only consider accomplishments at the state level.

Nominees may come from journalism, the non-profit sector, government, the legal profession, or any other area of endeavor that involves citizen access to government records, meetings and procedures. Nominees may be living or deceased; active or retired. Last year’s recipient, Terry Mutchler, is an AP award-winning journalist and the founding executive director of Pennsylvania’s Office of Open Records, Terry became the Hall of Fame’s 16th inductee. 

The deadline for nominations is February 22, 2019

Nominations are accepted online.  Click here to view a nomination form. Click here to learn more about the Hall of Fame or to view past inductees.

Or mail or email all nominations and materials to:


“Heroes of the 50 States”


3208 Weimer Hall

PO Box 118400

University of Florida – College of Journalism and Communications

Gainesville, FL  32611-8400

Phone: 352.294.7082