Earl English

Thursday, February 9, 2006

Earl English testified extensively before numerous Senate committees in the
1950s and ‘60s on the need for FOIA. He vigorously pushed the Missouri
congressional delegation, particularly Sen. Edward Long, to pass the necessary

English was named by former American Society of Newspaper Editors President
James Pope in 1978 as one of the four leaders – along with Rep. John Moss,
Harold Cross and Paul Fisher – whose contributions were crucial to the
development of the freedom of information movement.

A strong believer in the importance of journalism education, English became
dean of the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Finding it natural that
a journalism educator would take special interest in the fight for access to
government records, he founded the university’s Freedom of Information Center in
1958. What, he asked, was the point of training reporters to look for
information, if the information itself were not made available

Earl English died in 2000.

Charter member of the Hall of Fame.