A Boise-based reporter for the The Spokesman-Review has been named the recipient of the 2010 Max Dalton Open Government Award sponsored by the Idaho Newspaper Foundation.
Betsy Z. Russell, who covers Idaho government, earned the award for her years of work advancing the cause of open government in Idaho on behalf of journalists, officials said.
The Max Dalton award has been given each year since 1999 to a citizen or group judged to be an outspoken advocate of openness in either public records or public meetings on the state or local level.
Russell, who has been president of the Idaho Press Club and chairwoman of Idahoans for Openness in Government, worked to defeat attempts in the Idaho Legislature to weaken the state’s open meetings and public records laws, and has worked with the Idaho attorney general’s office and legislators to try and strengthen the laws.
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