Ex-Pa. open records office director recognized nationally for promoting government transparency

PennLive: Terry Mutchler, the former and inaugural executive director of Pennsylvania’s Office of Open Records, will soon have another credential to add to her long list of achievements: Hall of Famer.

Her work in government transparency that began as a newspaper reporter and spans four decades has earned her a place in the National Freedom of Information Coalition’s State Open Government Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony takes place on Sept. 22 during the 2018 FOI Summit in Cincinnati.

Mutchler, who pursued a law degree after leaving journalism, is the first Pennsylvanian to be enshrined into this hall of fame. Selection is reserved for individuals who made a “long and steady effort to preserve and protect the free flow of information about state and local government that is vital to the public in a democracy,” according to the coalition’s website.