Prying loose public records

  • Event: 2019 Hampton, VA Watchdog Workshop
  • Speakers: Megan Rhyne of Virginia Coalition for Open Government; Kimbriell Kelly of Los Angeles Times; Craig Merritt of Christian & Barton, LLP
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Sep. 14 at 3:45pm
  • Location: Robert P. Scripps Auditorium, Room 100
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

What can you get (and not get) in the way of public records in Virginia and the region? Learn key strategies for crafting effective public records requests and tracking them to keep the heat on government officials.

Speaker Bios

  • Kimbriell Kelly is deputy editor for Enterprise & Investigations at the D.C. Bureau of the LA Times. A former investigative reporter at The Washington Post, she was part of a team that won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize documenting fatal police shootings; also a 2019 Pulitzer finalist for series on unsolved murders. Her 2016 series on housing disparities won an NABJ Salute to Excellence Award, and prior housing reporting sparked a lawsuit resulting in an $8.7 billion settlement. @kimbriell

  • Craig T. Merritt is a partner at Christian & Barton, LLP in Richmond, and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He works on a range of complex and commercial litigation matters, including antitrust and trade regulation, business tort, intellectual property, professional liability and media-related cases. He represents local and national media clients on defamation, First Amendment, freedom of information, court access and reporters’ privilege matters.

  • Megan Rhyne (@opengovva) has worked for the Virginia Coalition for Open Government since 1998 and became executive director in 2008. Before that, she served as an opinions editor for Texas Lawyer, a freelance writer for a Dallas PR firm and the National Law Journal, and an adjunct professor of media law at Hampton University's journalism school. She first became interested in FOIA as an intern at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press in 1991.

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