CFOIC’s executive director elected to National Freedom of Information Coalition board

CFOIC Executive Director Jeffrey A. Roberts was elected to the board of the National Freedom of Information Coalition during the organization’s annual FOI Summit in Denver last weekend.

Roberts, a former Denver Post reporter and editor, has run the nonprofit, nonpartisan Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition since July 2013. He also worked at the University of Denver’s Center for Colorado’s Economic Future.

Also elected to three-year terms on the NFOIC board were Deborah Fisher, executive director of the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government; Justin Silverman, executive director of the New England First Amendment Coalition; and David Cuillier, director of the University of Arizona School of Journalism and former president of the Society of Professional Journalists.


CFOIC Executive Director Jeff Roberts

“I look forward to helping build a stronger national FOI organization to support the efforts of state groups like the CFOIC,” Roberts said. “It’s encouraging that the NFOIC is cementing relationships with the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE).”

During the conference, held Oct. 9-10 at the Curtis Hotel in downtown Denver, the University of Missouri-based NFOIC announced plans to work with SPJ and IRE to make the best use of available funds to support FOI litigation.

The NFOIC’s new officers for 2016 are: President Mal Leary, vice president of the Maine Freedom of Information Coalition; Vice President Katherine Garner, executive director of the Florida First Amendment Foundation; Treasurer Mark Horvit, executive director of IRE; and Secretary Megan Rhyne, executive director of the Virginia Coalition for Open Government.

The NFOIC inducted veteran newspaper editor and FOI pioneer Pete Weitzel into the State Open Government Hall of Fame.

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