Money trail: How to file an open-records request

I’ve sent the following letter to Western Carolina University officials Clifton Metcalf and Bill Studenc. Metcalf is vice chancelor for advancement and external affairs; Studenc is senior director of news services. In a telephone interview last week, Metcalf declined to disclose the whereabouts of $40,000 in Gannett Foundation gifts that CEO Craig Dubow directed to WCU for endowed scholarships. Citing university policy, Metcalf also refused to say whether the money went to the Craig and Denise Dubow scholarship fund. Also, foundation Executive Director Tara Connell has not responded to my requests for information. WCU is a public university, prompting this:

Dec. 12, 2008

Clifton Metcalf, Bill Studenc
Western Carolina University
Cullowee, N.C.
Via e-mail

Clifton and Bill:

Pursuant to North Carolina’s open-records laws, I am seeking access to all public documents relating to the Gannett Co. Inc., the Gannett Foundation, Gannett Chairman and CEO Craig Dubow, and other Gannett employees and representatives.

My request includes but is not limited to any public documents concerning contributions by the Gannett Foundation to the Western Carolina University Foundation, including any contributions to the Craig and Denise Dubow scholarship fund.

I am requesting an expedited response, and look forward to your reply.

Jim Hopkins
Gannett Blog


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