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Veteran AP Bureau Chief, FOI Chair

John Shurr led fight for open government in South Carolina.

John C. Shurr

Born: March 15, 1947 in Muskogee, Oklahoma
Died: March 1, 2015 in Columbia, S.C.

Newspaper History:
-Executive Editor of the Oklahoma Daily, -student newspaper at the University of Oklahoma
-Muskogee Phoenix, 1966
-Norman Transcript, 1970-1973
-Chicago Assistant Bureau Chief
-Oklahoma Associated Press Bureau Chief, 1981-1984
-S.C. Associated Press Bureau Chief, 1984-2007
-S.C. Press Association FOI Chair, 1986-2009
-Native American Journalists Association member, 20+ years 
-Cherokee Phoenix Editorial Board Chairman, 2000 to present

Honors and Awards:
-SCPA Distinguished Service Award
-2 SCPA FOI Awards
-Order of the Palmetto
-Gavel Award from the American Bar Association
-Elias Boudinot Award
-Navy Presidential Unit Citations (2)
-Navy Unit Commendations (2)
-Combat Action Ribbon
-Battle Efficiency Awards (3)
-Vietnam Gallantry Cross
-Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
-Vietnam Service Medal (3 bronze stars)

-B.A. in journalism from the University of Oklahoma

Military Service:
U.S. Navy

Debbie, his wife

Video Interview

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To listen to the full interview, click here to download the raw audio.
The full interview is 44 minutes.

Interview Highlights (fast forward to hear about):
-Introduction :00-45
-S.C. Press Association FOI Chair :48-3:00
-History of cameras in the S.C. courtroom 3:04-4:05
-Judge David Harwell 4:07-7:59
-Susan Smith trial 8:04-10:26
-Issues with cameras in the courtroom 10:52-11:57
-Hurricane Hugo 12:02-14:21
-Hurricane Hugo aftermath 14:22-14:51
-Major stories from the past 14:54-15:22
-Lost trust 15:30-17:09
-James Holderman 17:13-20:23
-James Holderman trial 20:26-25:32
-Accomplishments as AP Bureau Chief 25:44-29:37
-Improving FOI law in South Carolina 29:54-32:40
-FOI Audits 32:43-34:48
-First S.C. Press Association meeting 35:18-39:50
-Being remembered as a journalist 39:59-41:45
-Advice for up-and-coming journalists 41:50-43:10

Order of the Palmetto
South Carolina Freedom of Information Act
Cherokee Nation Editorial Board
John Shurr Day

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