Requester's Voice: FOIA Advice, Tips, and Tricks

Requester's Voice is a regular series that interviews top FOIA and public records experts about how to get the most out of the request process.

Activists

Steven Aftergood

Maurice Frankel

Chris Meller

Phil Mocek

Harry Scheeler

Edward Vielmetti

Journalists

C.J. Ciaramella (BuzzFeed)

John Cook (Gawker)

Justin Elliott

Phil Eil

Brad Heath (USA Today)

David Jackson (Chicago Tribune)

Jenifer McKim (New England Center for Investigative Reporting)

Jennifer LaFleur (Center for Investigative Reporting)

Jason Leopold (Vice)

Kevin Poulsen (Wired)

Brandon Smith

Todd Wallack (Boston Globe)

Brooke Williams (New England Center for Investigative Reporting)

Lawyers

Kel McClanahan

Laura Rótolo

Persis Yu

Researchers

Nate Jones National Security Archive

Michael Powell

Runa Sandvik

Ryan Shapiro

MuckRock Staff

Beryl Lipton

Michael Morisy

50 States of FOIA

California

Louisiana

Massachusetts

Missouri

Iowa

Utah

Wisconsin

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65 Articles

Requester’s Voice: Richmond Transparency and Accountability Project

Requester’s Voice: Richmond Transparency and Accountability Project

The Virginia-based advocacy group Richmond Transparency and Accountability Project talks to Tom Nash about how they use public records to push for police oversight.

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Requester's Voice: How Keri Blakinger uses public records to dig into prisons

Requester’s Voice: How Keri Blakinger uses public records to dig into prisons

Prison administrators are not known for their transparency and developing strong sources in and outside the system rarely comes easy. But since 2016 the Houston Chronicle’s Keri Blakinger has used Texas’ (relatively) strong public records laws to get scoop after scoop on her beat, even though most of the institutions she covers are over an hour away.

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Remembering the burglary that broke COINTELPRO

Remembering the burglary that broke COINTELPRO

On the 48th anniversary of the break-in at the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Media, Pennsylvania field office, reporter Betty Medsger reflects on the role of whistleblowers in the pursuit of truth and government transparency.

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