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Texas Freedom of Information group honors citizens

Robert and Maureen Decherd received the John Henry Faulk Award for Civic Virtue Friday from the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas. The former chairman, president and chief executive of The Dallas Morning News’ parent company, A.H. Belo Corporation, was a founder of the foundation that honored him. He served as its first president from 1978 to 1981.

The foundation periodically bestows the award to Texans who show outstanding civic involvement and enlightened philanthropy. It is named after the author and humorist who fought for free speech.

“This is not a fight that goes away,” Decherd said at the foundation’s luncheon Friday. “It frankly becomes more complex by the day. The existence of the FOI Foundation in a state as large and important as Texas is a significant accomplishment for all of you.” The Decherds have shown their commitment to their community and journalism by contributing to the Belo Garden in downtown Dallas and the Belo Center for New Media at the University of Texas at Austin. Continue>>>