Jonathan Capriel

“My school, the University of Memphis, is not a bastion of transparency. So for timid student journalists who don’t understand their rights, reporting on big issues can feel impossible. After Deborah Fisher, executive director of TCOG, came to our campus to explain how the open records laws worked, I felt empowered. Since her visit last fall, I’ve published major stories on parking tickets and sorority hazing, both of which required a steadfast knowledge that I had right to view certain university records. I have Ms. Fisher to thank for that.”

About Deborah Fisher

Deborah Fisher has been executive director of Tennessee Coalition for Open Government since 2013. Previously she spent 25 years in the news industry as a journalist.