Northwest Now is committed to annual programs on the topic of open government. This effort includes regular discussions about Washington's public records act (PRA) and open public meetings act (OPMA) - both of which relate directly to the exercise of effective and transparent governance. While our mission certainly calls for an evenhanded approach to all issues, advocating for open government is so fundamental to Democracy and a meaningful discussion of public affairs, logic dictates that we support and regularly publicize the values enshrined in the PRA and the OPMA.

Sunshine Week 2017
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Sunshine Week 2017

The Trump administration declares war on the media in an era of fake news.

Open Government 2016
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Open Government 2016

Are governmental agencies and so-called "gadflys" threatening your right to know?

Open Government 2015
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Open Government 2015

Lawmakers latest efforts to water-down Washington's open records and open meetings acts.

Your Public Records 2014
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Your Public Records 2014

We discuss several pieces of new legislation that affect your right to know.

On The Record 2013
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On The Record 2013

Your right to public records is under regular attack and you might be surprised by whom.

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The Washington Coalition for Open Government is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that works through the courts and the Legislature to defend and strengthen Washington's open government laws. KBTC Managing Editor Tom Layson is the producer/host of Northwest Now and a proud member of the Washington Coaltion for Open Government. To learn more about WCOG, please visit www.washingtoncog.org.

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Northwest Now's annual program on government transparency typically airs just prior to the kickoff of Sunshine Week. While Sunshine Week is traditionally viewed as a newspaper-centric exercise, Northwest Now believes that the silos between media type are less meaningful in an era of multi-platform distribution, and additionally, that values matter more than fiefdoms, and that all communication is additive - contributing to a more vibrant and responsive Democracy. Sunshine Week is a program created by the American Society of News Editors (ASNE) and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) with generous support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and The Gridiron Club and Foundation. Learn more at www.sunshineweek.org.

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NORTHWEST NOW DIGITAL EXTRA WITH TOM LAYSON

 

 

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Tom Layson is KBTC's Managing Editor and comes to the job having worked as a television news reporter and anchor in Yakima, Terre Haute, Louisville, Sacramento, Columbus and New York-New Jersey.

Tom anchored 13 hours of wall-to-wall live coverage in the NY/NJ market during 9-11 which is but one example of the many thousands of hours he’s been on the set or in the field delivering live coverage, interviewing Presidents and Governors, leading election and political coverage, and guiding viewers through many hours of breaking news from hostage crisis' to airplane crashes to natural disasters.

Tom received an Emmy for KBTC's Northwest Now, and has served a columnist for local newspapers, a commentator on local talk shows, and a media analyst for CBS radio.

Tom is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University and currently resides in the Puyallup area.

DIGITAL FIRST WITH CHRIS ANDERSON

 

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Northwest Now Associate Producer Chris Anderson joined KBTC in September of 2014.  Before his arrival at KBTC he worked in Seattle for seven years at KCPQ and KING as an Assignment Editor.  Chris has 20 years of experience as a television journalist, working as an assignment editor and  producer in markets like, Sacramento, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Monterey/Salinas and Santa Barbara.  He attended San Jose State University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Television and Radio Journalism.  Chris is a native of the Pacific Northwest and currently resides in Seattle.

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