Longtime Des Moines Register editor Randy Brubaker, died of heart failure last spring at age 55. Brubaker worked at the Register for more than 30 years, and was also a former president and active member of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council. He oversaw the Register’s investigative reporting team and led the council’s initiative to educate the public on open meetings and records law through a series of statewide workshops.
The Iowa Freedom of Information Council honored Brubaker with the Harrison “Skip” Weber Friend of the First Amendment Award at an awards dinner in Des Moines on Oct. 2. The award recognizes individual contributions to government openness, access and accountability to Iowans. The award is named after a longtime Iowa journalist and founding member of the council.