Well-deserved honor bestowed on champion for government transparency

Allentown Morning Call: A Pennsylvania woman who long has fought to force governments to operate openly is getting her moment in the national spotlight.

Terry Mutchler, the founding executive director of the state Office of Open Records, will be inducted Saturday into the State Open Government Hall of Fame, a venture of the National Freedom of Information Coalition and the Society of Professional Journalists.

It’s a well-deserved honor.

Mutchler built the Office of Open Records into a strong watchdog for public access to government documents. Pennsylvania was considered to be among the worst states for government openness a decade ago. That’s no longer the case, largely because of a better Right-to-Know Law and the Office of Open Records, which was created to enforce the law.