Conversations from Penn State: Terry Mutchler

The Politics of Secrecy

Terry Mutchler, attorney and award-winning journalist, discusses the importance of transparency in government.

About the Guest

As the first executive director of Pennsylvania’s Office of Open Records, Terry Mutchler was responsible for ensuring government transparency. She left that office in 2015 and is currently heading the nation’s first Transparency Practice Group at Pepper Hamilton. Previously, the Penn State Alumnus covered politics for the Associated Press and was the first woman appointed AP Statehouse Correspondent. Mutchler is the author of the award-winning book, Under This Beautiful Dome: A Senator, A Journalist and the Politics of Gay Love in America, in which she chronicles her secret five-year relationship with Illinois Senator Penny Severns.

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