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Ms. Bauer wrote an article for the Star in January, 2017 about the difficulty in getting open-record requests involving children who had died while in foster care in Kansas. This piece of journalism led to a paperwide five-part investigative series addressing serious concerns with Kansas state government's lack of effectiveness and transparency statewide. She told the attendees Kansas is one of the most difficult states, in her experience, from which information can be obtained, particularly regarding children harmed or killed while in state custody. "Even when copies are reportedly `free,' significant additional charges are added to pay attorneys to review and redact information," she said. Ms Bauer said she continues to work on the topic and expects more articles to follow.
The Star series recently won a Scripps Howard award for Distinguished Service to the First Amendment. And more importantly, "it has prompted swift and extensive changes throughout the state and serves as a model for news organization in other states."
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