Lueders to be inducted into Open Government Hall of Fame

Bill Lueders

The President of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council will be inducted into the National Freedom of Information Coalition’s State Open Government Hall of Fame.

Bill Lueders is one of four to be inducted Sept. 30.

The Coalition wrote of Leuders:

Bill Lueders is editor of The Progressive and author of “An Enemy of the State,” the biography of the late editor of The Progressive, Erwin Knoll. Lueders was news editor at Isthmus, Madison’s alternative weekly, for 25 years, and won dozens of state and national awards. In 2011, he moved to the Wisconsin Center for Investigative 

Journalism, where he became one of Wisconsin’s leading investigative reporters. He joined the staff of The Progressive in 2015, and was named editor in September 2018. He has been the President of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council for two decades, and has been the driving force behind the Open Government Road Show and other efforts to educate the public in transparent governance. 

“In our hyper-partisan environment, Bill is even-handed in his praise and scorn for public officials on matters of open government, regardless of political party and Bill’s personal orientation as editor of The Progressive,” said Christa O. Westerberg, co-vice president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council. “Bill’s opinion matters, and politicians can count on Bill to publicly ‘call it as he sees it,’ no matter their views on other issues.”

The inductees will be honored during a ceremony at the NFOIC’s 2021 FOI Summit, conducted online Sept. 28-30. The Hall of Fame Ceremony will be 1:30-2:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30.