I just launched this blog, so there may be a few nails and splinters still, which I’ll work out as I go. Mostly, it’s devoted to my new book, The Eyes of Willie McGee, which will be published by HarperCollins on May 11th. But you’ll also notice a tab devoted to the Freedom of Information Act. I’m hoping this will become a discussion area for people who—for whatever reason—would like to learn more about using the federal act (and its many state-level counterparts) but find themselves bewildered as they try to figure it out.
That was my predicament when I started working on this book a few years ago, and I was fortunate to get help from many generous people. I’m no expert, but I’ve learned a few things, and I’m hoping the site attracts enough newcomers and experienced FOIA hands to start a useful forum.
Also, please note the site’s various tabs, where you can look at pictures associated with the case (and with my reporting on it), hear the radio broadcast that went out the night McGee was executed in Laurel, Mississippi, and find details about easy ways to contact me directly. I’ve been working on this project for a long time. Now I’m looking forward to talking about it with others.