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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

Danielle McLean
Investigative reporter
ThinkProgress
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Bio (click to expand) picture Danielle McLean is an investigative reporter at ThinkProgress and chair of SPJ’s 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 magazine’s 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 Association’s government, transportation, business and economic, and courts and crime reporting awards. McLean previously served as president of SPJ’s New England chapter, pushing for public records reform and a free press. Under her watch, the chapter won SPJ’s 2014-15 Circle of Excellence award for Freedom of Information.
FOI Committee Members

Sonny Albarado

Carolyn Carlson

Jodi Cleesattle

David Cuillier

Anna Douglas

Gideon Grudo

Roy Gutterman

Mike Farrell

Paul Fletcher

Kathryn Foxhall

Danielle McLean

Donald W. Meyers

Hilary Niles

Jonathan Peters

Linda Petersen

Joey Senat

Committees
The work of SPJ is largely done at the national committee and community level. No matter what your passion — freedom of information, diversity, ethics, freelance, international journalism, First Amendment rights, journalism education — SPJ has an outlet for your talents, passion and energy. Learn more about (and get involved with) our committees here.

About SPJ
Mission
Membership
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Headquarters Staff
Board of Directors
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Bylaws | PDF version
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Chester C. Wells: His Story
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