Scholarship and Activities: William F. Chamberlin
Affiliate Professor William F. Chamberlin, director of the Marion Brechner Citizen Access Project and Joseph L. Brechner Eminent Scholar of Mass Communications at UF’s College of Journalism and Communications, has been selected as one of 12 members of the inaugural class of the Public Interest Hall of Fame in Washington, D.C. He was inducted Oct. 9 by OMB Watch, a Washington-based public interest organization, during its 20th anniversary celebration. He was named to the Hall of Fame for his many years of promoting public access to government information and championing the First Amendment. He is particularly known for his leadership in pursuing freedom of information rights at the state level, and created the university-based state freedom of information center most often modeled by others. Ten years ago, he helped found the National Freedom of Information Coalition, a national consortium of state-based groups. He also was among the first scholars in the country to train students in freedom of information research, leaving a legacy of skilled journalists, academics, and lawyers. Chamberlin was selected from a pool of roughly 70 nominees from around the country, including organizers, academics, lawyers, congressional staffers, and service providers. The selection committee chose inductees on the basis of unusual courage, creativity, commitment, or tenacity; a significant success or series of successes; or especially effective leadership. (More information available at www.ombwatch.org/ article/ articleview/1833).