Celebrating a Free Press and Open Government

The sixth annual celebration of democracy, bringing together Iowa’s leading advocates for open government and the rights of a free press, will be held Thursday, September 26, 2019 at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown. Dozens of people will attend the various events, shining a light on open meetings and open records issues and opportunities.

Below are details of the 2019 event. 


IowaWatch Banquet

Des Moines Marriott Downtown
700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50309
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Reception starting at 5:30 p.m.

$60 per plate

Join the Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism as it brings attention to the importance of open government and a news media free of government restriction in a thriving democracy.
• IFOIC presents annual Harrison “Skip” Weber Friend of the First Amendment
• IowaWatch presents Steve Berry Free Press Champion
• IowaWatch presents Randy Brubaker Free Press Champion
• Guest Speaker Jenna Johnson, Iowa native & political campaign reporter for the Washington Post

Presenting Sponsors: Iowa Freedom of Information Council, Iowa Newspaper Foundation

Registration is required for evening banquet. Please register by Thursday, September 19.

To register click here

Parking is available in the 7th and Grand Garage, the 9th and Locust Garage and the Greater Des Moines Partnership Garage. Valet Parking is also available at the Marriott.

Event Sponsors:
Iowa Freedom of Information Council
Iowa Newspaper Foundation

Other Sponsors:
The Des Moines Register
Iowa Broadcasters Association
Faegre Baker Daniels
SJMC UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Iowa State University Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication


Promote the Event

Help promote this important schedule of events. PSAs are available in various sizes. Click the links below to download.

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View videos from the 2015 FOI Roundtable:

Public records forum on police body cameras