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2 Texas news organizations win Freedom of Information awards

September 21, 2018

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Two news organizations have been honored for outstanding open government reporting in Texas.

The Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas on Friday recognized the Austin American-Statesman and KBTX-TV of Bryan-College Station with Nancy Monson Spirit of FOI Awards. The awards were presented during the FOIFT state conference in Austin.

KBTX won in the Class A market category for stories and commentary on the departure of former Bryan Independent School District Superintendent Tommy Wallis.

The Austin American-Statesman won in the Class AA large market category for bringing to light the secrecy behind the selection of Austin’s new city manager.

The Nancy Monson Spirit of FOI Award highlights journalism that upholds First Amendment principles and promotes or uses open government laws. It’s named for the Foundation’s former executive director.

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