FAF to host reception announcing the Lucy Morgan Award for Open Government Reporting featuring keynote speaker Gilbert King

Join us! The First Amendment Foundation will honor Lucy Morgan and announce the creation of the Lucy Morgan Award for Open Government Reporting at a cocktail reception November 15 in Tallahassee featuring keynote speaker Gilbert King.

When: Wednesday November 15, 2017 at 6pm

Where: Governors Club, 202 S. Adams Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301

Tickets$100/ea – CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE  – Sponsorships are also available for the event. Contact rachel@floridafaf.org for more information on becoming a sponsor.

Gilbert King will help honor Lucy Morgan’s legacy as the keynote speaker for this reception. Keminem shing’s Pulitzer Prize winning book, Devil in the Grove has garnered much praise for the attention brought to the case of the Groveland Four in recent years. King did extensive research in Lake County and obtained access to FBI documents in order to uncover the story he tells in Devil in the Grove. Public records were vital to King when he was doing that research. Just this year, Florida legislators issued a formal apology to family members of the Groveland Boys, the four black men who were falsely accused of raping a white woman in 1949. King will interview Lucy at the reception and also talk about his new book, Beneath a Ruthless Sun, due out in April 2018.

Copies of Gilbert King’s book, Devil in the Grove will be available for sale. A book signing will follow King’s talk. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres to be served at the reception.

Lucy Morgan, revered Florida journalist is considered a “modern-day muckraker.” Morgan began her career in 1965 as a general reporter for the Ocala Star-Banner while working as a stringer for the St. Petersburg Times. Morgan joined the Times staff full-time, and in 1985 she took over as bureau chief in Tallahassee. She has covered a variety of state and local stories including drug smuggling, corruption in law enforcement, Florida politics and the presidential election of 2000 in Florida. In 1985, she won the Pulitzer Prize (with Jack Reed) for investigative reporting of the Pasco County sheriff’s department. Her work has received recognition far and wide, including from the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors, the Florida Press Club, the LeRoy Collins Distinguished Community College Alumni Award, the American Society on Ageing, and the University of South Florida’s School of Communications.

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Net proceeds from this event will support the wonderful work of the First Amendment Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to transparency in government.

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