- Associated Press - Thursday, October 13, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Daily Press investigative reporter Dave Ress is being honored with the George Mason Award.

The Society of Professional Journalists’ Virginia Pro Chapter announced the award Thursday.

The award is presented annually for outstanding contributions to Virginia journalism. It’s named for the principal author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, the forerunner of the Bill of Rights.

During two decades in Virginia newsrooms, officials say Ress‘ efforts to press lawmakers and public officials on public information, records and transparency issues have been matched by his willingness to share what he has learned. Virginia Press Association Executive Director Betsy Edwards wrote in her nomination letter that his “commitment to open government will make a real difference in how the Freedom of Information Act in Virginia is applied in years to come.”

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This story’s headline has been corrected to show that the reporters works for the Daily Press, not the Daily Times.

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