Freedom of Information Committee
This committee is the watchdog of press freedoms across the nation. It relies upon a network of volunteers in each state organized under Project Sunshine. These SPJ members are on the front lines for assaults to the First Amendment and when lawmakers attempt to restrict the public's access to documents and the government's business. The committee often is called upon to intervene in instances where the media is restricted.
Freedom of Information Committee Chair
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Danielle McLean is an investigative reporter at ThinkProgress and chair of SPJs Freedom of Information Committee. Over the past five years, McLean has worked as an investigative reporter at the Bangor Daily News and has been published in the Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, the MetroWest Daily News, the Milford Daily News, and dozens of weekly Massachusetts publications. She was ranked no. 13 in Scout Somerville magazines list of the top 40 local leaders in the City of Somerville, Massachusetts for her reporting at the Somerville Journal newspaper and has won the New England Newspaper and Press Associations government, transportation, business and economic, and courts and crime reporting awards. McLean previously served as president of SPJs New England chapter, pushing for public records reform and a free press. Under her watch, the chapter won SPJs 2014-15 Circle of Excellence award for Freedom of Information.
FOI Committee Members
Donald W. Meyers