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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Arkansas Reporter Wins Award for FOI Work

Helena Daily World reporter Michele Page has achieved a personal zenith in her three years of journalism as recipient of the Arkansas Press Association’s Freedom of Information Award.
Page was honored at the APA’s Super Convention Friday night at the Wyndam Riverfront in North Little Rock.

On accepting the award Page said, “It’s such an honor to be recognized along those that have dedicated 50 years to journalism. They forged the way for today’s journalists and I’m very pleased to meet and be included with leaders of our industry.

“The FOIA opens government to the public and makes sure it stays there,” Page continued. “I’ll continue to fight for the people’s right to know.”

Working under the supervision of Managing Editor Randy Hogan, Page was able to get the Helena-West Helena Police Department to correct years of departmental policy where citizens and businesses were overcharged for incident reports, and pressed to see that the FOIA was upheld after the HWHPD failed to fully comply to a records request, netting a rare arrest for alleged FOIA violation.

Hogan said of the honor: “The Freedom of Information Act is a precious right and freedom that we enjoy as Arkansans and Americans. Michele has worked diligently to ensure that the residents of Helena-West Helena and Phillips County have access to all of the records they are allowed under the law. She has done an excellent job of defending the FOIA. We at the Daily World are proud of her accomplishments and congratulate her on this prestigious award.”

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