WCOG to honor KING5’s Susannah Frame with third annual journalism award

The Washington Coalition for Open Government will honor KING5 TV investigative reporter, Susannah Frame, with the Third Annual Kenneth F. Bunting Award in recognition of a body of work utilizing the state’s Public Records Act in investigations ranging from exposing violations at homes for the disabled to a system of secret union contract negotiations.

Her bio on KING5.com notes “Susannah is the Chief Investigative Reporter at KING5. Her stories have exposed many wrongs, including government waste, real estate fraud, homeland security breaches, civil right violations of the disabled and the mismanagement of nuclear waste.” Her investigations have made a real difference in people’s lives leading to changes in public policy. Frame has consistently demonstrated the importance of public records in presenting information to the public on safety, health, and wrongdoing.

To say she is an “award-winning” journalist almost understates her accomplishments. She has been the recipient of National and Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, regional and national Emmy Awards and nominations, Clarion Awards, and Headliner Awards, just to name a few.

The Kenneth F. Bunting Award, named for the former Seattle Post-Intelligencer Associate Publisher, and WCOG founding board member is given each year to individuals or organizations who utilize the state’s transparency laws, report on the PRA, or educate the public about transparency. We are pleased and proud to announce the selection of investigative reporter Susannah Frame as the 2017 Kenneth F. Bunting Award Winner.

The Award will be presented on Friday, September 22, at WCOG’s annual James Madison Awards Breakfast at the Washington Athletic Club in downtown Seattle. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.washingtoncog.org/events.

       – Washington Coalition for Open Government