Open Government 2019
The legislature resists transparency while rural citizens act as watchdogs.
Open Government 2016
Your right to government records and the roadblocks you face.
Open Government 2018
State lawmakers seek exemption from the Public Records Act.
Open Government 2015
Your right to public records.
Open Government 2017
Government doesn't want you snooping around.
Open Government 2014
Is the legislature working to ensure your right to know?
Open Government 2013
Public records and your right to know.
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.
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.