Associated Press sponsors category to honor the Father of Open Meetings/Open Records in Kentucky
Last year, there was mention of a couple of changes being considered for the KPA News Contest and that caught the eye of Adam Yeomans with the Associated Press. With no statewide AP contest for newspapers, Adam offered the AP’s assistance by sponsoring a couple of categories.
One idea had been discussed briefly by the News Editorial Division, to re-establish a Freedom of Information Award. Then Adam showed a model of some categories the AP has sponsored elsewhere and it included an FOI Award. So the News Editorial Division took the idea and named Kentucky’s the Jon Fleischaker Freedom of Information Award Sponsored by the Associated Press.
Adam has renewed his offer for the 2020 KPA News Contest and it will again involve honoring Jon for all of his work with newspapers across the state on FOI issues.
Fleischaker, of course, is the father of Open Meetings/Open Records, the state’s foremost authority on open government and media law, and remains general counsel to KPA and several newspapers across the state. He and his wife Kim Greene were the first attorneys for the KPA FOI Hotline when it was established in the mid-1980s and Jon remains one of the main contacts today when newspapers call the hotline.
The inaugural winners of the FOI Award sponsored by the Associated Press were the staff of the College Heights Herald; Tammy Shaw of the Shelbyville Sentinel News; and Deborah Yetter of the Louisville Courier-Journal.