Tennessee Coalition for Open Government

Nashville, TN   |  www.tcog.info

Mission

Tennessee Coalition for Open Government is a non-partisan organization whose mission is to promote and preserve citizen access to government records and meetings in Tennessee through education and outreach about our state's open records and open meetings laws. TCOG’s mission rests on the belief that access to government information, through public records and public meetings, is crucial in allowing informed citizen participation in a democratic society.

Ruling year info

2004

Principal Officer

Ms. Deborah Fisher

Main address

PO Box 22248

Nashville, TN 37202 USA

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EIN

65-1190353

NTEE code info

Civil Liberties Advocacy (R60)

Citizen Participation (W24)

Community Coalitions (S21)

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Help Line for open government problems

TCOG operates a help line for citizens and media who face obstacles related to government records or public meetings in communities throughout Tennessee. We can answer questions and explain potential options as well as guide citizens through the process of their particular issue. We also can guide citizens through how to make a formal open records request and what to expect. We do not offer legal services.

Population(s) Served

We provide public presentations giving an overview of citizen rights under Tennessee's open records and open meetings law as well as provide education on current issues related to access, such as fees, privacy concerns and litigation and legislation impacting access.

Population(s) Served

We provide training on Tennessee's open government laws to equip journalists or students with the tools and information necessary to acquire public records or access to public meetings in situations where such access is being resisted or denied. Our training also gives an overview of public records exempt from access by statute, as well as meetings that can be closed from public view. This training is for media professionals or others who interact regularly with government in the acquisition of information. Our aim is for students to leave this training with new knowledge of the breadth of public records available for public interest journalism, and how to more effectively acquire government records.

Population(s) Served

TCOG periodically conducts surveys on the status of open government laws in Tennessee and the availability of government information to the public.

Population(s) Served

TCOG tracks proposed legislation, court cases and legal opinions that impact open government in Tennessee, as well as tracks violations of open government laws. It provides news and perspective of these developments through its website, contributed columns and media interviews. TCOG also provides resources on its website to assist the public in public records requests, and research into particular issues.

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Tennessee Coalition for Open Government

Board of directors
as of 07/16/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Lucian Pera

Adams & Reese LLP

Term: 2016 - 2018

Doug Pierce

King & Ballow, Nashville

Lucian Pera

Adams & Reese LLP, Memphis

Marian Ott

League of Women Voters

Dorothy Bowles

Society of Professional Journalists, East Tennessee Chapter

Frank Gibson

Tennessee Press Association and former TCOG executive director

Jack McElroy

Knoxville News Sentinel

Adam Yeomans

Associated Press

Dick Williams

Common Cause

Gregg Jones

Jones Media (Greeneville Sun)

Maria De Varenne

The Tennessean

Rick Hollow

Hollow & Hollow, Tennessee Press Association

Louis Graham

The Commercial Appeal

Alison Gerber

Times Free Press, Chattanooga

Robb Harvey

Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis

Whit Adamson

Tennessee Association of Broadcasters

Elenora Edwards

The Tennessee Press

John Stern

Community Volunteer

Ron Fryar

Murfreesboro Post, Cannon Courier

Anita Bugg

WPLN Nashville Public Radio

Helen Sharp

Victor Ashe

former Knoxville mayor and former state senator and state representative

Hedy Weinberg

ACLU - Tennessee

Braden Boucek

Beacon Center of Tennessee

John Williams

Tune Entrekin & White

Larry Wood

WNWS-FM, News/Talk 101.5 FM