Wednesday, July 16, 2008

WSCOG Government Transparency Award

Toby Nixon, president of the Washington Coalition for Open Government, announced today that the coalition board has awarded Christy Diemond of Woodinville its Key Award for her outstanding efforts on behalf of government transparency. Ms. Diemond is Executive Producer of UnInformed Consent (UCI), a web based news source.

"For the past 5 years, Ms. Diemond has used videotaping of public meetings to encourage open and candid government in area municipalities. She has personally videotaped virtually every city council meeting in Woodinville, court hearings and other public meetings. She is currently establishing as UIC’s online outlet for local issues. In Woodinville the city council has installed Government Access with Comcast and the internet. At her urging, the city Planning Commission and Parks Commission meetings are now being broadcast." stated Nixon. The coalition board also noted that Ms. Diemond has produced comprehensive coverage on local issues such as Brightwater and municipality development partnerships where the Open Public Meetings Act has been side-stepped, preventing public involvement with government process.

Ms. Diemond, is a graduate of Seattle Pacific University. She has spent the last 30 years as CEO of several privately held corporations in the grocery trade, an entrepreneur, a financial consultant, reverse mortgage expert to both banks and consumers, and software developer consulting with Fannie Mae, the King County Council, Washington State Insurance Commissioner’s SHIBA program, Washington State Bar Association and the King County Bar Association She has served on the Board of Trustees for Puget Consumer Coop in Seattle and has been involved in the natural health industry since 1979.

The Washington Coalition for Open Government is a statewide non- partisan, non profit group of individuals and organizations dedicated to strengthening and preserving the public’s right to know what its government is doing. For more information, contact the Washington Coalition for Open Government, 6351 Seaview Av NW, Seattle, WA 98107-2664, phone 206.782.0393 or by email at

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