The Georgia Press Association honored winners of the 2015 Freedom of Information Award this past Friday night during the group’s annual convention on Jekyll Island. This year The Augusta Chronicle won the prestigious award for doing the most during 2014 to uphold the principles of the First Amendment and to protect the public’s right to know. The Chronicle was honored for work on three separate stories — each requiring the determination of reporters to overcome roadblocks erected by government officials to close off information. Reporters Sandy Hodson, Travis Highfield, Tracey McManus and Tom Corwin covered the stories. The prestige of publisher Billy Morris’s newspaper in Georgia’s second largest city continues to … RISE

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