Leader editor presented with Key Award

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Posted 10/15/21

The Washington Coalition for Open Government has awarded Brian Kelly, editor of the Jefferson County-Port Townsend Leader, with a Key Award.

The honor is made “in recognition of outstanding …

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Leader editor presented with Key Award

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The Washington Coalition for Open Government has awarded Brian Kelly, editor of the Jefferson County-Port Townsend Leader, with a Key Award.

The honor is made “in recognition of outstanding effort and key contributions in promoting and defending the people’s right to know in the conduct of the public’s business.”

The board for the coalition voted unanimously to present the Key Award to Kelly, as well as an identical award to The Leader.

Kelly and The Leader were nominated for coverage of the financial collapse of the Fort Worden Public Development Authority and the newspaper’s use of the Washington State Public Records Act in accessing crucial documents that detailed mismanagement within the authority.

Fred Obee, executive director of the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association, presented the awards during a surprise appearance at a staff meeting at The Leader earlier this year.

Obee, who is also a board member of the Washington Coalition for Open Government,  said that  “Brian’s use of the Public Records Act to reveal the internal deliberations of the Public Development Authority [at Fort Worden] is a good example of using public access tools to gain broader understanding of a government’s actions.”

“We still don’t know the whole story of what happened at the PDA, but we have gotten much closer to transparency with Brian’s reporting,” Obee added.

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  • HarveyW

    Didn't Fred Obee used to work at the Leader? Wasn't it at the time the Leader owner was on the FWPDA board and using the Leader as a PR tool to create the FWPDA? Remember the dozens of deleted comments from that time period? Of course you don't. AWARDS!!!!!!!!!!!

    My comment from a related story........ "He (Brian Kelley Editor) won the top prize in investigative journalism for his coverage of the financial meltdown of the Fort Worden Public Development Authority. Kelly also took first place in courts/crime coverage."

    The online story regarding the part insider and Executive Director Dave Robeson played in the financial "meltdown" and comments was removed without any explanation. None. Self Censorship.

    Blame was shifted to "Drunk Donna". No follow ups on the State Audit and what "Drunk Donna" will be charged with. Other less connected folk are paraded in orange jump suits in the Leader regularly for.

    A+ for your attempt Brian Kelley. What stopped you?

    The missing Parking Funds tied to the Silverwater story was made to go away a couple of years ago under Editor Dean Miller. His Leader also won awards. He was also digging into parking issues that today still reek of collusion and benefit Real Estate interests on City Council. Dean left quickly. The Leader now has nice pictures instead.

    I was offered a "Best Of" award a few months ago for my business. I didn't respond. My dad told me when I was young that the best voting machine was National Cash Register. That means customers who return again and again. And need parking.

    The leader has its fans and supporters of an image they believe in. Digging deep is not the image. Congrats on your awards. Keep the lid on. Don't blow it off. That is tradition going back decades. Some advertisers might take dollars away if they were highlighted. It isn't an easy thing to be the Fourth Estate. Especially when most readers don't seem to know the difference.

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