Nate Jones

FOIA Director

Washington Post

Nate Jones is the FOIA director for The Washington Post, where he works with reporters to target documents to request, appeal and sue for. He works with reporters to obtain local, state and federal records and to think strategically about public records in all formats. He gives FOIA training sessions and advises reporters on how to write, refine and track requests, navigate delays and overredactions, and overcome other bureaucratic resistance. He is also author of the “Revealing Records” column which describes The Post‘s battles for public records. He has served two terms on the Federal FOIA Advisory Committee and holds a JD from the University of the District of Columbia. He previously was the director of the FOIA Project for the National Security Archive, where he used FOIA to write a book on the 1983 Able Archer nuclear war scare.

Participating Sessions

Revealing Records for Filmmakers

Based on Nate Jones’s popular column in The Washington Post, a workshop for filmmakers on accessing government records, including voice, video, and images. This workshop will provide a basic understanding of the variety of audio, video and other materials that are available to filmmakers in the know. It will teach you how to file successful requests for materials under the Freedom of Information Act, along with tips for ensuring your...