Kelley Shannon
Executive Director

Kelley Shannon has served as executive director of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas since 2013. She oversees FOI advocacy, educational seminars and conferences and other outreach. She has been a journalist for three decades. 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.