Mark Tapscott is director of the Heritage Foundation’s Center for Media and Public Policy and the foundation’s Marilyn and Fred Guardabassi Fellow. Tapscott — who was a Reagan administration political appointee before entering newspaper journalism — cultivates appreciation among conservatives in Congress and elsewhere of transparency and accountability as the best antidotes to the abuses of Big Government.
He has testified before both houses of Congress and helped mobilize bipartisan coalitions supporting FOIA reforms. His FOIA columns, features and op-eds have appeared in such newspapers as The Washington Post, Houston Chronicle and Hartford Courant, as well as Editor & Publisher, National Review Online, FoxNews.com and the Knight-Ridder-Tribune and Scripps Howard News Service national editorial wires.
Tapscott is also an active FOIA advocate in the blogosphere through his blog, Tapscott’s Copy Desk.
Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006.