By: Editorial Staff
TWENTY-FOUR INDIVIDUALS have been named to the Freedom of Information Act Hall of Fame in recognition of their work developing and defending the law.
Formally inducted during a celebration at the Freedom Forum marking the 30th anniversary of the act’s signing were: Samuel J. Archibald, former chief of staff for the Government Information Subcommittee and later director of the University of Missouri Freedom of Information Center; Scott Armstrong, former Washington Post reporter and author, and founder of the National Security Archive; Sen. Hank Brown (R-Colo.), co-sponsor of the Electronic Freedom of Information Act.
Harold L. Cross, former legal counsel to the American Society of Newspaper Editors, who has been credited with first proposing the act; Lucy Dalglish, former FoI chair for the Society of Professional Journalists, now in private legal practice; Earl English, dean of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and founder of its Freedom of Information Center; Hon. Dante Fascell (D-Fla.) of the House Government Operations Committee and Government Information Subcommittee.
Paul Fisher, director of the University of Missouri’s Freedom of Information Center for 31 years; William H. Hornby, editor of the Denver Post and former ASNE president and chairman of the ASNE FoI committee; Jane Kirtley, executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press; Jack Landau, former director of the RCFP and a founder of the FoI Service Center; and Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.), principal sponsor of the Electronic FoIA.
Also: Sen. Edward Long (D-Mo.), who headed the committee that sent the FoI bill to the floor; Paul K. McMasters, Freedom Forum First Amendment Ombudsman, and former chair of the ASNE and SPJ FoI committees; Hon. John E. Moss (D-Calif.), chief instigator of FoIA in the House.
J. Edward Murray, former associate editor of the Detroit Free Press and former ASNE president; Virgil M. “Red” Newton Jr., former managing editor of the Tampa Tribune.
Jean Otto, former Rocky Mountain News editor, SPJ president, and founder of the First Amendment Congress; James S. Pope, former Louisville Courier-Journal editor and ASNE president and FoI committee chairman; Harold C. Relyea, American national government specialist at the Library of Congress Congressional Research Service; Bruce W. Sanford, SPJ general counsel; Richard M. Schmidt Jr., ASNE general counsel; Sheryl Walter, general counsel for the Commission on Protecting and Reducing Government Secrecy and president of the American Society of Access Professionals; and J. Russell Wiggins, former editor of the Washington Post and former ASNE president.