Your Local ABC Recognized by Open Government Group
Members of the media, including Your Local Abc, are recognized today by a statewide agency for our collective work on the Kevin Harper case.
The Washington Coalition for Open Government awarded Your Local ABC and other members of the media with its Key Award.
We collaborated with the area's other tv stations and the Yakima Herald to fight a proposal to close the Kevin Harper case to the public.
That proposal was ultimately dropped by prosecutors in court, coalition members say they were impressed with our efforts.
"That's what we're here to recognize today; is the really innovative fact that these three tv stations and the newspaper worked together to hire an experienced attorney who knew about this type of matter, who could take the actions necessary to ensure that this closed hearing was open to the public," said coalition president Toby Nixon.
The coalition recognizes efforts by organizations to allow the public to know what their government is doing.