The winner of the Sunshine Award is William Carlin Walker of Liberty, Missouri. According to the citation, he won the $5,000 (!) award for:
“…his work in exposing illegal retirement benefits and rampant credit card abuse by top administrators in the Liberty School District — including thousands on alcohol and parties—along with leading a successful petition drive that resulted in a state audit of the district. William’s whistle-blowing led to the resignation of two administrators, and the Missouri General Assembly has introduced four pieces of legislation in response to his investigative labor.