National Press Club

National Press Club marks Sunshine Week with program on Freedom of Information Act

February 13, 2013 | By Jonathan Salant |

During Sunshine Week, March 10-16, the National Press Club Journalism Institute and the Club's Professional Affairs and Freedom of the Press Committees plan to help journalists and others obtain information that the government might not want you to have.

Reporters and watchdogs will offer tips on how to use the Freedom of Information Act to ferret out documents and data at a panel scheduled for March 14 at 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. It is one of several events during the annual effort to talk about the importance of public access to the workings of government and the people's right to know.

Panelists include:

  • award-winning reporter Charles Babcock, now an editor at Bloomberg News
  • Randy Rabinowitz, director of regulatory policy for the Center for Effective Government
  • and Bill Allison, editorial director at the Sunlight Foundation.

The moderator will be Rick Dunham of the Houston Chronicle, president of the National Press Club Journalism Institute and a past president of
the Club.

Club members can attend at no charge; others pay $10. Click here for tickets. For more information, contact Julie Schoo at