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Each year, the First Amendment Foundation holds its annual Sunshine luncheon to highlight the importance of open government in Florida and present our annual awards. In addition to the Friends of the First Amendment Foundation/Pete Weitzel and the Sunshine Litigation Awards.
The Pete Weitzel / Friends of the First Amendment Award
In recognition of Pete Weitzel, founder of the First Amendment Foundation and former senior editor of the Miami Herald, the Foundation annually recognizes one outstanding individual who has made a significant contribution to the fostering of open government in Florida. Eligibility is not limited to members of the press, but is open to anyone… government officials, public employees, and private citizens. The award presentation takes place during the annual meeting of the Florida Press Association and Florida Society of Newspaper Editors.
The James C. Adkins / Sunshine Litigation Award
The James C. Adkins/Sunshine Litigation Award was created to recognize the importance and continuing value of Justice Adkins’ open government opinions while on the Florida Supreme Court and is given to a person or an organization in Florida who has made a significant contribution to the cause of furthering open government through litigation.
The Lucy Morgan Award for Open Government Reporting
The Lucy Morgan Award for Open Government Reporting is named for Lucy Morgan, the former Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the St. Petersburg Times (now the Tampa Bay Times) who broke countless stories using public records. The award honors a Florida journalist who smartly uses public records to report stories exposing corruption, revealing government conflicts of interest or otherwise serving the public interest. The award was created in 2017 and the first winners were announced at FAF’s annual Sunshine Luncheon on January 23, 2018.