Kelley Shannon
Executive Director

Kelley Shannon has served as executive director of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas since May 2013. She has spent three decades as a journalist. Shannon was a correspondent for The Associated Press, first in San Antonio and later as bureau leader in Austin, where she covered government and politics. She also worked as a reporter for The Dallas Morning News in Austin, the Savannah (Ga.) News-Press and the Palestine Herald-Press in East Texas. Among her major news stories were the election of George W. Bush as president; the 2003 lawmaker boycott of the Texas Legislature; the fatal standoff at the Branch Davidian compound near Waco and the ensuing federal trial; and coverage of the San Antonio Spurs during the David Robinson era. She has done extensive freelance reporting, including in-depth open government projects for the non-profit Center for Public Integrity, as well as business, health and travel stories for newspapers, magazines and non-profits. Shannon has been an adjunct journalism instructor at the University of Texas in Austin and does guest lecturing at other colleges and universities.