Weltner Freedom of Information Award Banquet

Cobb County Superior Court Senior Judge James Bodiford was honored with the 2018 Weltner Freedom of Information Award.

2018 Weltner Banquet recap: Donors pledge more than $136,000 in extraordinary show of support for the foundation’s open government mission

Photos: Facebook photo gallery

YouTube: Watch a video of AJC and WSB-TV newsroom leaders announcing a generous grant for us to expand our open government training

If you weren’t able to join us, here is your virtual copy of the night’s program.

View previous Weltner Award events.

About the Award

In the spirit of the late Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles L. Weltner, the annual Weltner Freedom of Information Award and Banquet honors a person or group whose work has significantly improved freedom of information in Georgia.

Justice Weltner was an unyielding champion of government transparency. One of his final opinions for the Supreme Court of Georgia in Davis et al v. City of Macon (1992) captured his commitment to First Amendment principles:

“This is the last appeal in which I will participate as a member of the Supreme Court of Georgia… Over the past decade, as I see it, our court has breathed life into some old words that have lain dormant within our constitution for most of their century-old existence. The words are: ‘Public officers are the trustees and servants of the people and are at all times amenable to them.’ (Constitution of Georgia of 1983, Art. I, Sec. II, Par. I.)

We have established that this is no empty phrase, but an obligation that is enforceable in a court of law. Public men and women, above all others, must be of good faith. Neither facile excuse nor clever dissimulation can serve in the stead of duty — faithfully performed. Because public men and women are amenable ‘at all times’ to the people, they must conduct the public’s business out in the open.”


If you have someone you would like to nominate for the Weltner Award, write or email:
Georgia First Amendment Foundation
772 Spalding Drive, Suite 209
Norcross, GA 30092