Mark R. Caramanica has been named Freedom of Information Director for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, Executive Director Lucy A. Dalglish announced today.
Caramanica is a former New York trial lawyer who is finishing his doctorate in Mass Communications at the University of Florida.
"We’re delighted that Mark will be joining us in late April," said Executive Director Lucy A. Dalglish. "His experience as a lawyer, journalist and non-profit manager will prove invaluable to the hundreds of reporters who call for help each year with questions about access to government meetings and records."
Caramanica has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Florida. He later earned a law degree and a master’s degree in mass communication from Florida. From 2004 to 2006, he was an associate at Ford Marrin Esposito Witmeyer and Gleser LLP in New York. From 2008 to 2009, he was interim director of the Marion Brechner Citizen Access Project at the University of Florida. As a doctoral candidate, he has taught two senior-level media law classes each year within the College of Journalism and Communication at the university. While working on his law degree, he also worked as a copy editor and page designer for the Gainesville Sun.
In addition to supervising the Reporters Committee’s FOI efforts, Caramanica will also manage the committee’s intern program.