FOI Oklahoma elects new officers, solicits award nominees

Submitted by LDieringer on Fri, 01/25/2013 - 11:46am

From Tulsa World:

OKLAHOMA CITY (January 25, 2013) - Charles Self, a professor at the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma, is the new president of FOI Oklahoma Inc. 
 
The organization also elected Ziva Branstetter, enterprise editor of the Tulsa World, as president-elect. 
 
FOI Oklahoma is a statewide nonprofit organization that was founded in 1990 to educate the public on the First Amendment and issues involving openness in government. 
 
Other officers elected Karen Holp, general manager of KGOU radio in Norman, as treasurer and Kay Bois, of the Oklahoma Library Association, as secretary. 
 
Self succeeds Lindel Hutson, retired Associated Press Oklahoma Bureau chief, as president. 
 
FOI also announced that nominations are being accepted until Feb. 21 for its annual awards. 
 
The Ben Blackstock Award is presented to a nongovernmental person or organization that has shown a commitment to freedom of information. The Sunshine Award goes to a public official or governmental body that has shown a commitment to open meetings and open records.

FOI Oklahoma Inc. is a member of NFOIC. --eds.