Baltimore ‘Sun’ Donates $11K to Sunshine Week

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By: E&P Staff

The Sun of Baltimore has donated $11,000 to the national Sunshine Week initiative, the national media campaign to focus public attention on open-government issues from March 13-19.

That’s the amount the newspaper won from the city of Baltimore for legal fees and expenses incurred during its fight to obtain information regarding a former police commissioner.

“This is a really meaningful gift to Sunshine Week,” Andy Alexander, chairman of the American Society of Newspaper Editors’ Freedom of Information Committee and Washington bureau chief for Cox Newspapers, said in a statement. “The Sun has been a great supporter of the Sunshine Week cause, and with this donation, it’s helped ensure we have the strong launch that will make this an enduring effort.”

“The settlement we received from the city was a chance to recoup one investment The Sun has made in protecting the public’s right to know. We’re glad to ‘re-invest’ the money in that ongoing fight,” Mireille Grangenois, the paper’s vice president of marketing and interactive media, said in a statement.

The Sun, along with WBAL-TV, sued the city for access to an investigative report involving a domestic dispute between the former police commissioner Kevin P. Clark and his fianc?e. “The Sun’s going to be aggressive about pursuing public information at any level of government,” Sun Editor Timothy A. Franklin noted in a Sun article about the award.

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