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First place in the Innovate Local category
Watch Gavin’s webinar at Montclair University.
Gavin Rozzi named to InsiderNJ’s Insider 100 Media List
Watch Gavin’s talk at DEF CON 2018 in Las Vegas
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.
M.S., Data Science & Strategic Analytics, expected 2020
B.A., Political Science, 2018
High School Diploma, 2015
Lacey Township High School
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.
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.
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.
Ocean County College (Fall, 2017):
In this class, working with Professor John A. Brogan, Sr., I participated in an exercise that saw the students create their own jobs program for recovering addicts. Students addressed recidivism and integrating recovering addicts into community organizations & programs.
A significant role that I played in this class was providing technology assistance to the professor and helping to modernize teaching methods.
Stockton University (Fall, 2018):
For the fall, 2018 semester I served as the teaching assistant for two of Professor Linda J. Wharton’s classes at Stockton. Both courses feature in-depth study & discussion of key decisions of the United States Supreme Court.
I am available for hire as a consultant for commercial projects and partners interested in utilizing my services.
Some of the types of projects I am interested include:
Please contact me if you would like to discuss a potential project.
What Gavin is researching using the Open Public Records Act
Data obtained via the OPRAmachine API:
Requested from: Monmouth County
"Catherine Kim" <[email address]> has sent you an encrypted message via Encrypted Message Exchange. You have 30 day(s) left to collect t…
Requested from: Lacey Township
Attached is your OPRA request pertaining to David Most. Sorry for the delay.
Requested from: Lacey Township
Status: Follow up
Please be advised that this request was submitted in accordance with Executive Order 69, which provides that the response time for this request shou…