The Sunshine Center of the North Carolina Open Government Coalition (Sunshine Center of the NCOG) is an organization that promotes the openness of the federal and state governments.
" The North Carolina Open Government Coalition unites organizations interested in ensuring and enhancing the public's access to government activity, records and meetings. The nonpartisan coalition will educate people about their rights and support their efforts to gain access, and advocate the principles and benefits of open government. Education is critically important these days because, according to Elon Poll results, a majority of North Carolina residents are unaware of sunshine laws."
Membership, Officers, and Board Members
- Rick Willis, President
News Director-News 14 Carolina
- Steve Riley, President-Elect (Vice President)
Senior Editor for Enterprise and Visuals-The News & Observer
- Hugh Stevens, Immediate Past President
Media Lawyer- Stevens Martin Vaughn & Tadych
- Beth Grace, Treasurer
Executive Director- N.C. Press Association
- Monica Hill, Secretary
Director- North Carolina Scholastic Media Association
Pauletta Brown Bracy, Executive Board Member- N.C. Library Association
Associate Professor- School of Library and Information Studies
- Jon Buchan, Media Lawyer- McGuireWoods LLP
- Judie Burke, League of Women Voters of N.C.
- Rick Gall, News Director- WRAL News
- Jim Hefner, Professor- UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication
- Paul Parsons, Dean and Professor- Elon University School of Communications
- Mark J. Prak, Attorney- Brooks Pierce
- Sue Rowland, Cary Town Clerk- Town of Cary
- Roger Sarow, President and General Manager- WFAE Public Radio
- Rick Thames, Editor- The Charlotte Observer
- Associated Press
- Brooks, Pierce, McClendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLP
- Burlington Times-News
- Cedar Grove Institute fir Sustainable Communities
- The Charlotte Observer
To view the full list of participating organizations, visit :
The Sunshine Center of the North Carolina Open Government Coalition has recently made efforts to reach out to the citizens of North Carolina by using social media. Social media networks such as Twitter and Facebook have primarily been used as tools to provide basic information about the concept of an open government. Daily posts are made that relay information about current events related to open government.
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Visit the Sunshine Center of the North Carolina Open Government Coalition website
2850 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244-2010
1. "Sunshine Laws" : The laws that give citizens the right to have public access to the government's activity, records, and meetings.