Thursday, April 17, 2014

About MuckRock

MuckRock is a collaborative news site that brings together journalists, researchers, activists, and regular citizens to request, analyze & share government documents, making politics more transparent and democracies more informed.

The site provides a repository of hundreds of thousands of pages of original government materials, information on how to file requests, and tools to make the requesting process easier. In addition, MuckRock staff and outside contributors do original reporting and analysis of many of the documents received through the site.

MuckRock's unique form of investigative and accountability journalism has been recognized by the Sunlight Foundation, The Freedom of the Press Foundation, and hundreds of local and national news outlets for its groundbreaking work in areas such as government spending, surveillance, and public safety.

In addition, MuckRock works with journalists to help conceive, pursue, and publish original stories on issues that matter with exclusive primary materials obtained via public records law.

Government materials on MuckRock are available free of charge and, with some exceptions, without restriction. Filing requests through MuckRock starts at just $20 to file up to 5 requests, which includes advice, postage, follow up, and hosting of the materials in an easy-to-use format.

Users may also earn free requests through MuckRock's assignment system.

What Others Are Saying

"Instant First Amendment rock stars …

… In theory, filing FOIAs ough to be simple. In practice, it's often a nightmare — enough of a ball-buster to boggle many professionals, let alone civilians. The programming end makes it easier for bloggers, journalists, and inquisitive citizens to file FOIA requests."

"Exactly what conscientious citizens can and should use the Internet for — illuminating social and economic trends."

"Move over, Julian Assange …

… There's a new document leaker making headlines."

More: Boston Globe | Media Nation | Nieman Lab | WBUR | WGBH | Mother Jones | BostInnovation | Mass High Tech

About Us

Cofounder Michael Morisy is an award-winning journalist who has had work featured in Boston Globe, the New England Center for Investigative Journalism, and many others. He can be reached at For encrypted communications please email and use his PGP key.

Cofounder Mitchell Kotler is a veteran of multiple technology startups including Achronix. He has a Masters in Electrical & Computer Engineering and a Bachelors of Science from Cornell University. He can be reached at

Editor Shawn Musgrave, a graduate of Boston University, has managed some of the largest public records projects ever done, and has worked with groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Boston Globe and the MIT Center for Civic Media. He can be reached at / PGP Key

Reporter George LeVines, a graduate of University of Wisconsin-Madison, focuses on security, policing and historical government documents. He has been published by the the Christian Science Monitor,, Dig Boston and many others. PGP Key

About MuckRock

We make tools to keep our government transparent and accountable.

Want to Learn More?

Read our blog and join our mailing list.

Get in Touch