Board of Trustees

The FLCGA provides support and assistance for citizens and investigative journalists working to ensure government accountability and transparency

FLCGA Board of Trustees

Linda Penniman was elected to the Naples City Council in 2014, served 6 years, two of which as Vice Mayor. While on City Council she served as the Vice Chair of the Metropolitan Planning Organization for 2 years and Chair of the Collier County Coastal Advisory Committee.  Penniman currently serves on the boards of the CalusaWaterkeeper, Naples Art, Neighborhood Clinic, Advisory Committee of WGCU and is Chairing SMARTGROWTHNOW, a group dedicated to fighting runaway growth. Linda and her husband Nick were in the newspaper business their entire working life, he as Publisher of the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

Don is a retired career journalist who was executive editor of several daily newspapers and related websites in Florida and Colorado. He served on the board of Florida’s First Amendment Foundation for 12 years, chaired it for four years and was among the founders of the state’s Sunshine Sunday observance. He also served on the boards of Colorado’s Freedom of Information Coalition and the National FOIC. He’s a graduate of Yale University and Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism.

Brad is the Senior Performance Measurement, Research and Evaluation Officer of National CASA/GAL Association for Children, where he also served as Deputy Chief Marketing Manager.  He is the previous CEO of SOWEGA CASA and the Southwest Georgia Children’s Alliance, Inc. Ray is a former journalist and publisher, and owned a public relations and advertising firm. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Florida State University and a Master of Public Administration from Valdosta State University.

Diane Roberts is an 8th-generation Floridian who has been writing for newspapers since 1983, when she began producing columns on the legislature for the Florida Flambeau. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Times of London, the Guardian, the Tampa Bay Times and the Washington Post, among others. She has been a member of the Editorial Board of the St. Petersburg Times–back when that was the Tampa Bay Times’s name–and a long-time columnist for the paper in both its iterations. She was a commentator on NPR for 22 years and continues to contribute radio essays to the BBC. Roberts is also the author of four books, most recently Dream State, an historical memoir of her Florida family, and Tribal: College Football and the Secret Heart of America. She teaches at Florida State University.

Gilbert is the author of three books, most recently Beneath a Ruthless Sun. His previous book, Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction in 2013. King has written about race, civil rights, and the death penalty for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and The Atlantic, and he is a contributor to The Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization covering the U.S. criminal justice system.

Craig Waters is an attorney, former journalist, and retired communications director of the Florida Supreme Court, widely honored for his career-long work in openness and transparency in government. Craig is a two-time winner of the First Amendment Foundation’s Pete Weitzel/Friend of the First Amendment Award and the founding president and retired executive director of the statewide association of court communications professionals, Florida Court Public Information Officers. In 2018, Craig placed all Florida Supreme Court arguments on Facebook Live video, making it the first court in the United States to use this new live broadcast medium.


Doug is a life-long resident of St. Augustine where he is active as a risk manager and insurance agency owner since 1979. He is a graduate of the University of Florida with a BS in Journalism. Read more.