A celebration of open government and investigative reporting
The event is sponsored by the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, the Wisconsin State Journal, WISC-TV, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, The Capital Times, the law firm McGillivray Westerberg and Bender, Eric Englund, and the law firm Schott, Bublitz & Engel.
U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman, the chief author of Wisconsin’s Open Records Law and a strong advocate of the Open Meetings Law, has been named the 2013 recipient of the Distinguished Wisconsin Watchdog Award.
"The Open Records Law which Lynn Adelman introduced and worked hard to pass, and the Open Meetings Law he championed, are the bedrock documents of open government in Wisconsin," said Bill Lueders, president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council.
"All those who care about the state's traditions of openness and its commitment to an informed electorate, so essential to a representative democracy, owe him a huge debt a gratitude."
Adelman was born in Milwaukee. He is a graduate of Princeton University and Columbia Law School.
In 1977, Adelman was elected to the state Senate to represent the 28th District in southeastern Wisconsin. He held the position for 20 years.
Adelman was the principal sponsor of the current version of the state’s Open Records Law, passed in 1981, and a major participant in a 1983 revision of the Open Meetings Law.
Adelman, 73, was appointed in 1997 by President Bill Clinton as a judge in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.
Award-winning investigative journalist and University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate Lea Thompson will deliver the keynote address at the third annual Wisconsin Watchdog Awards.
Thompson, a Wisconsin native, was a chief correspondent at Dateline NBC for 16 years, and is known for her hard-hitting investigative pieces on consumer, health and safety issues. She now teaches investigative reporting around the world and produces documentaries.
Prior to working at Dateline, Thompson headed the investigative unit and anchored at WRC-TV, Washington, for 15 years. Thompson has won dozens of awards, including two Peabodys, two George Polks, a Columbia duPont, a Loeb, three National Emmys, the Edward R. Murrow Award, almost two dozen Washington Regional Emmies, and multiple Investigative Reporters and Editors awards. She is a member of the IRE Board of Directors and serves as an adviser to other investigative reporting organizations.
Not only has Thompson’s reporting earned every major broadcast journalism award, it has inspired three acts of Congress and dozens of laws, recalls and policy changes, as well as TV movies and books.
Other highlights include:
-- The annual Opee Awards, presented by the FOIC.
-- The Madison SPJ chapter will review the year in journalism.
-- Reception (cash bar) at 5 p.m.
-- Dinner (cash bar) at 6 p.m.
Just 120 tickets will be sold.
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