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

Meet the team

Attorney Barbara Petersen has 25-plus years open government law and nonprofit administration experience and serves as FLCGA’s Executive Director.

Barbara Petersen

Bob Norman is a veteran Florida journalist whose work exposing corruption has led to indictments of several public officials and the removal of misbehaving judges from the bench. He began reporting in Florida in 1993, with tenures at the Fort Myers News-Press, the New Times, and investigative reporter for WPLG-Channel 10 in Miami. Now a contributing writer for Columbia Journalism Review and the Washingtonian, Norman has received dozens of journalism honors, including the Livingston Award.

Bob Norman

Michael Barfield focuses on the enforcement of open government laws. He serves as FLCGA’s lead investigator and director of public records. He regularly assists journalists across the country with collecting information and publishing news reports obtained from public records and other sources. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Michael Barfield

Writer, editor and educator Catherine Parnell provides project support and website management. Co-founder of Birch Bark Editing and MicroLit Almanac, her publications include the memoir The Kingdom of His Will, as well as stories, interviews and essays in numerous national and international literary magazines and journals.

Catherine Parnell