MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — St. Paul-based TV producer and documentary filmmaker Matt Ehling is being honored for two decades of engaging Minnesotans in the civic process.

Ehling is this year’s recipient of the John R. Finnegan Freedom of Information Award.

Two years ago Ehling founded Public Record Media, which helps people get access to public documents.

Ehling’s most recent film, “Open Source,” educates the public on citizen engagement. He produces “Capitol Conversations,” a live-streamed political talk show broadcast weekly from the state Capitol.

The Minnesota Coalition on Government Information will present the award March 23. Journalist Amy Goodman, host of the syndicated program “Democracy Now!”, is keynote speaker.

The annual award is named for John R. Finnegan, a retired St. Paul Pioneer Press executive and longtime supporter of open government.

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