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Sunshine center of the North Carolina Open Government Coalition

We are the Sunshine Center of the North Carolina Open Government Coalition. If you are a records or meetings holder or someone seeking access to records or meetings, we hope this site will be a useful resource. Check out our educational resources about open government.

The North Carolina Open Government Coalition unites organizations interested in ensuring and enhancing the public's access to government activity, records and meetings. The nonpartisan coalition will educate people about their rights and support their efforts to gain access, and advocate the principles and benefits of open government. Education is critically important these days because, according to Elon Poll results, a majority of North Carolina residents are unaware of sunshine laws.


Fuller offers insights for article about town's public records fees

Brooks Fuller, director of the North Carolina Open Government Coalition and Sunshine Center and instructor of journalism, offers his perspective about a town charging a fee of $70,000 to a local newspaper to fulfill a public records request. 

Sunshine Day 2019 Award Winners Announced

The winners of the N.C. Open Government Coalition's fifth annual Sunshine Awards were announced at Sunshine Day on Elon University's campus Monday. The winners are Joel Burgess (Asheville Citizen-Times), Bob Hagemann (retired city attorney, Charlotte), Sunshine Request (Patrick Conant and PRC Apps), and Tracy Ledford Deyton (Bakersville, NC). 

Fuller cited in article about access to  meetings of public bodies

The article in the Asheville Citizen-Times that focused on an emergency meeting by UNC-Asheville included comments from Brooks Fuller, director of the N.C. Open Government Coalition and instructor in communications. 

Sunshine Day 2019 Events Announced - Updated 2/25

NC Open Gov. Coalition and the Elon University School of Communications to host Sunshine Day on March 11, 2019.

Brooks Fuller named director of North Carolina Open Government Coalition

The former assistant professor at Louisiana State University and North Carolina attorney will also teach in Elon’s School of Communications.

In open government lawsuits, a look at who pays (and who should)

A forthcoming law review article by Elliot Engstrom, an Elon Law Legal Method and Communication Fellow, analyzes a North Carolina law that leaves open to interpretation who should cover the costs of legal fees when a person sues state and local governments for lack of transparency.

2018 Sunshine Award Winners

The North Carolina Open Government Coalition recgonizes three people whose work has helped make and keep North Carolina government transparent in the last year: Will Hendrick of the Waterkeepers Alliance, Nick Ochsner of WBTV News, and William McKinney of the Office of the Governor. 

Sunshine Day 2018 -CANCELLED

Due to inclement weather forecasts in Greensboro for March 12, 2018, the annual Sunshine Day event is cancelled.