open records


The press secretary for former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has been issued two criminal citations for violating the state's open records laws.

According to a press release from Attorney General Chris Carr's office, Jenna Garland violated the Georgia Open Records Act twice in 2017 by stymieing requests from WSB-TV looking into the city's Department of Watershed management. 

Investigative Reporters and Editors

The city of Atlanta has received many honors over the years. In 1996, we were awarded the Summer Olympics. Next year, we'll host the Super Bowl. And this past weekend, Atlanta received the Golden Padlock Award. Given each year by a committee of investigative reporters and editors, that dubious distinction is awarded every year to the most secretive government agency or official.


Few journalists ever want to find themselves in the headlines, but that’s exactly what happened a few weeks ago when a North Georgia newspaper publisher was jailed after he filed an open records request. He has since been released, all charges dropped, but the case is still attracting national attention, and raises very serious First Amendment issues. GPB’s Sean Powers reports.