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Celebrating National Sunshine Week: Pressing for Open Government in North Carolina

  • NC State University Club 4200 Hillsborough Street Raleigh, NC, 27606 United States (map)
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  • When: Friday, March 15th at noon

  • Where: NC State University Club

  • Cost: $25 (includes lunch)

  • Registration Deadline: March 11th

  • Nonmembers are welcome to attend.

This Timely Topics luncheon features N&O editor Ned Barnett. Ned Barnett has been with The News & Observer since 1991 in a variety of roles – metro editor, Sunday editor, and sports columnist. In his current role as associate editor since 2012, he contributes to the newspaper’s editorials and writes a twice-weekly column. Mr. Barnett will address the state of democracy in North Carolina, especially as it relates to citizens’ rights to participation and information in their government. He will present his perspectives on three important components of open government -- diminished access to meetings and records of public boards, the lack of public hearings on legislation, and citizens’ inability to propose ballot measures. His talk will inspire new thinking about how we can continue to press for fuller access to decision-making. 

This event is connected to Sunshine Week which acknowledges freedom of information laws and the public’s right to access information. Sunshine Week is a national initiative organized by the American Society of News Editors to educate the public about the importance of open government and the dangers of excessive and unnecessary secrecy. It occurs each year in mid-March, coinciding with James Madison’s birthday and National Freedom of Information Day on March 16. This year Sunshine Week is March 10 – 16.

Nonmembers are welcome to attend. Members should encourage their friends to attend!

Luncheon Menu: Old Bay lemon baked cod fillet, mixed green salad, fresh steamed broccoli, buttered new potatoes, key lime pie. To request a vegetarian meal, contact Pat Butler at

Earlier Event: March 9
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Later Event: March 16
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