SEJ Freedom of Information Task Force

The Society of Environmental Journalists board of directors formed the task force in March 2002 "to address freedom-of-information, right-to-know, and other news gathering issues of concern to the pursuit of environmental journalism."

The board gave the Freedom of Information Task Force these responsibilities:

  1. Monitor records access and other right-to-know issues that affect the quality and visibility of environmental journalism.
  2. Speak or write to actions that limit access to information and inhibit journalists' ability to cover the environment and related topics.
  3. Provide SEJ members with services to help them obtain and use public records, and to deal with efforts to withhold those records from them.

We encourage SEJ members to contact the Task Force chair or members with access issues. Additionally, SEJ members interested in FOIA/access issues are invited to join the task force. Please contact Timothy Wheeler for more information.


 

Society of Environmental Journalists Freedom of Information Task Force Members

Name

Affiliation

Phone (work)

Notes

Rebecca Daugherty

Former Director, FOI Service Center, The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

202-291-6229

 

Joseph Davis

Freelance Journalist
Washington, DC

301-656-2261

SEJ Staff, FOI Project Director, and Editor, TipSheet and WatchDog TipSheet

Kathie Florsheim

Freelance Photographer
Providence, RI

401-751-7991

 

Emily Gertz

Freelance Journalist
Brooklyn, NY

718-812-4328

 

Robert McClure

InvestigateWest
Seattle, WA

206-718-0340

SEJ Board Liaison

Pat McGinley

Professor of Law
West Virginia University

304-293-6823

 

Celeste Monforton

Research Student
Washington, DC

202-994-0774

 

Jim Parsons

WTAE Pittsburgh

412-244-4635

 

Ken Ward Jr.

The Charleston Gazette

304-348-1702

 

Timothy Wheeler

The Baltimore Sun

410-332-6564

Task Force Chair