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Gavin Rozzi

Journalist, Public Records Researcher & Web Developer

Wildfire Web Services, LLC.

Rozzi Media Group

Biography

Gavin Rozzi is an award-winning independent journalist, web developer & technology professional who has created several successful local news websites and civic technology platforms serving New Jersey.

Since early 2016, his political news website Ocean County Politics quickly became a “must read” for its in-depth reporting about local government, campaign finance and investigations of public officials in Ocean County, NJ. Stories first broken by Gavin on Ocean County Politics are frequently cited by larger media outlets, including NJ.com, POLITICO, InsiderNJ and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show.

In 2017 he launched OPRAmachine, a statewide freedom of information portal that automatically publishes public records requests & responses, the first website of its kind to serve New Jersey. The website, which is active in all 21 counties, allows anybody to easily request public documents from state and local government agencies under the New Jersey Open Public Records Act (OPRA). It was the first production deployment of the open-source Alaveteli platform that targeted a single U.S. state rather than an entire country.

In 2019, he received the “Excellence in Local News Award” from the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair University in the “Innovate Local” category for his work with OPRAmachine.

Gavin has been recognized as an authority on government transparency in New Jersey as a result of OPRAmachine’s impact. Most recently, he has appeared in court as an expert witness in OPRA cases, testifying in cases involving the production of digital data held by government agencies.

Interests

  • Linux, open source & Python
  • Politics & government
  • Data science
  • Civic tech

Education

  • M.S., Data Science & Strategic Analytics, expected 2020

    Stockton University

  • B.A., Political Science, 2018

    Stockton University

Skills

Public records & research

As the creator of New Jersey’s largest public records research platform, Gavin is deeply familiar with the public records request process. With a journalistic and academic background, he is comfortable researching and synthesizing information from various sources.

Web & technology

Gavin is comfortable implementing and working with modern web, desktop & mobile technologies, including Linux & open source software and web development tools. His work as an IT solution provider allowed him to develop significant experience in this realm.

Media & communications

In the course of his work as an independent journalist, Gavin has produced and edited written reports and editorials as well as videos & audio podcasts. He also has experience writing press releases.

Experience

 
 
 
 
 

Graduate Assistant

William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy

Sep 2019 – Present Galloway, NJ
 
 
 
 
 

Research Assistant

William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy

Feb 2019 – Jul 2019 Galloway, NJ
 
 
 
 
 

Teaching Assistant

Stockton University

Sep 2018 – Dec 2018 Galloway, NJ

Accomplish­ments

Excellence in Local News 2019, Innovate Local

Received for my work with OPRAmachine
See certificate

Student Leader of the Month

See certificate

Readers’ Choice Best Computer Repair 2012

Recent Posts

Asbury Park Press Interview

I was interviewed by the Asbury Park Press regarding my work creating the OPRAmachine freedom of information portal

GeigerSQL: Storing geiger counter data in a PostgreSQL database

Living in close proximity to the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant in Lacey Township has always left me interested in studying …

Eyes on NJ News Appearance

Statement on Lacey BOE Race

My statement on my candidacy for school board

Interview with NJ Tech Weekly

I spoke with NJ Tech Weekly’s Esther Surden on the impact of OPRAmachine

Projects

911maps

Map and analyze 911 call data

OPRAmachine

New Jersey’s first statewide freedom of information platform

Ocean County Radio Live

Online SDR trunked radio scanner & archive for Ocean County, NJ

Ocean County Politics

Political news and commentary for the Jersey Shore

Recent & Upcoming Talks

Guest Speaker: Democratic Club of Waretown

I will be giving an overview of my recent work with government transparency and how the OPRAmachine platform works and our advocacy …

A data-driven approach to combatting addiction

I will be speaking about how the New Jersey Open Public Records Act (OPRA) can be applied to researching the opiod addiction crisis. …

Reimagining the police scanner in the era of the software defined radio

Recorded video of talk:   I will be speaking about my experience implementing open source software and working the RTLSDR …

Using OPRAmachine to file public records requests without the hassle

I will be presenting an in-person and webinar event about OPRAmachine, my statewide freedom of information platform serving New Jersey.

Recent Publications

The Underground Construction Economy in New Jersey

Working with state labor leaders, the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy at Stockton University was contracted to study the …

Municipal Tax Abatements Policy Brief

I present a summary of some of the current issues involving the administration of state & local tax abatement policy and its …

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