april, 2022

27apr12:00 pm1:00 pmVirtual EventOpen Records For ChangeJournal Live Event

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Open Records For Change

Wednesday, April 27 | 12:00 – 1:00pm Central Time

A livestream event (Facebook and YouTube)

When Sheila Albers couldn’t get answers to the questions she had after her 17-year-old son was shot and killed by police while he was in the midst of a mental health crisis, she didn’t give up. Instead, she kept pushing, using open records laws to unearth information that shed new light on aspects of the case, mobilized residents and helped change the ways Overland Park responded to incidents involving people facing mental health challenges.

Albers was neither a journalist nor an open records expert when she began her quest. But while her story shows how everyday people can leverage public records to foster change, such efforts remain uncommon. Why don’t more Kansans use open records to influence the direction of their communities? What do Kansans need to know about using them? What challenges do they create for local governments? And do all Kansans need to know about navigating the system?

Join Chris Green, executive editor of The Journal, in conversation with panelists that include:

    • Sheila Albers, mother of John Albers
    • Pilar Pedraza, Senior and Political Reporter at KAKE News
    • Mark Schmid, retired attorney who spearheaded Sheila’s work around transparency
    • Mike Sherry, Journal contributor
    • Todd Fettig, executive director of the National Freedom of Information Coalition
    • Dave Trabert, chief executive officer of the Kansas Policy Institute
If you haven’t received a copy of the 2022 Winter Journal, you may register below to have one sent to you.


(Wednesday) 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


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