TERRY MUTCHLER is an attorney and former award-winning journalist who was appointed as Pennsylvania’s first Executive Director of the Office of Open Records, ensuring government transparency. A writer for The Associated Press, she covered politics in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Alaska and Illinois, where she was the first woman appointed AP Statehouse Correspondent. She won several Keystone Awards, Pennsylvania’s top honor for reporting and was the AP’s state nominee for Young Writer of the Year.
Mutchler clerked for the Supreme Court of Illinois and for the Executive Office of the President during the Clinton Administration. She was a Chicago trial lawyer at a major national law firm before returning to public service as a speechwriter and senior advisor for the Illinois Attorney General. Gov. Ed Rendell appointed Mutchler to her current six-year post. Mutchler received her B.A. from Pennsylvania State University and her J.D. from John Marshall School of Law in Chicago . She was a Bohnett Fellow for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Mutchler is the author of Under this Beautiful Dome (Seal 2014).