Friday, September 20, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM PDT
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Every year the Washington Coalition for Open Government recognizes teams of activists and journalists promoting open government as part of its annual Madison, Andersen, & Bunting awards. This year, the coalition will also be acknowledging three individuals who have contributed to keeping public records accessible in Washington State


Washington State Convention Center 
705 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101
Room 602-604, Level 6
Seattle, WA 98101

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Alan Sachnowski 
Washington Coalition for Open Government 

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM I Breakfast Registration
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM I Awards Breakfast

Registration Fees 
$50 I Per Person
$500 I Table of Ten

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WCOG's Annual Madison, Andersen, Bunting Awards Breakfast 2019 

2019 Winners:

James Madison Award:
Judge William Downing
Former King County Superior Court Judge & Former
Chair of the Bench-Bar-Press Liaison Committee
For his long-term commitment to the cause of open government. Downing served as chair of the Bench-Bar-Press Liaison Committee for more than 16 years, mediating numerous disputes that balanced interests involving access to public records.


James Andersen Award:
Elly  Walker
former executive director, Washington Coalition for Open Government

Recognized for her care of the Coalition above and beyond its role as her client by receiving the James Andersen Award, given for advancing the efforts of WCOG. Anderson, a former chief justice of the Washington State Supreme Court, was a founding board member of the Coalition.

Kenneth F. Bunting Award:
Eli Sanders
Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist, The Stranger

For his investigation into online campaign ads in light of Washington state’s regulations and disclosure laws. One result of his reporting of dozens of stories in The Stranger was lawsuits against Facebook and Google by the state Attorney General, and a $425,000 settlement for the companies’ failure to follow Washington access laws – and their decision to stop selling political ads in the state because of its tough disclosure rules.