Danbury, CT -- The public's right to have an open and accountable government has been the foundation and ethic for Forrest Palmer in his four decades as a newspaper professional and his most recent two decades as an citizen advocate.
For this work, the 86-year-old former editor, general manager and publisher of The News-Times has received the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information.
Mitchell Pearlman, an officer of both the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information and the Connecticut Foundation for Open Government, has known Palmer since his days at The News-Times.
"Forrest made sure the journalists were trained in the FOI law and that they understood the importance of information being available to the public," Pearlman said Thursday. "He was instrumental in ensuring the institutions of government in his region were open."
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