FOI Collins Award goes to News 12 GM

Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information Legislative Chair G. Claude Albert, left, presents the Stephen A. Collins Award to Tom Appleby, general manager and news director of News Connecticut 12, at the CCFOIís annual lunch at the Hartford Club in Hartford, Conn., on June 20, 2012.
Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information Legislative Chair G. Claude Albert, left, presents the Stephen A. Collins Award to Tom Appleby, general manager and news director of News Connecticut 12, at the CCFOIís annual lunch at the Hartford Club in Hartford, Conn., on June 20, 2012.Contributed Photo

NORWALK -- The annual Stephen A. Collins Award bestowed by the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information went to Tom Appleby, general manager and news director of News 12 Connecticut in Norwalk.

Appleby was co-chairman -- along with chief of state criminal court Judge Patrick Clifford -- of a committee that developed guidelines that now allow still and video cameras in state courtrooms.

Appleby received the award "for his many contributions to the cause of open and accountable government and a free and vigorous press," according to CCFOI President James H. Smith.

The award is given in the name of Stephen A. Collins the longtime editorial director of The News-Times, who with Bice Clemow, longtime editor and publisher of the West Hartford News, and others worked closely with the late Gov. Ella T. Grasso to pass the state Freedom of Information Act in 1975.