University Physicians Associates Declared Public Agency

Despite protestations to the contrary, University Physicians Associates at the University of Louisville School of Medicine is a public agency.  At least that’s the opinion of the state attorney general’s office.

Under Kentucky’s Open Records Act, Louisville-Courier Journal reporter Tom Loftus sought five years of documentation on employees, salaries and other financial matters at University Physicians Associates in Louisville.

His request was denied, with UPA asserting it’s a private, non-profit corporation that does not meet the definitions of a public agency.

Loftus and the Courier-Journal appealed, asserting UPA and the University of Louisville essentially act as one and the same, and UPA’s stated goal is to advance the charitable and educational purposes of the university.

The attorney general’s office agrees, and says UPA is in violation of the state’s Open Records Act.  Any party aggrieved by the opinion may appeal to circuit court.

Published by Tony McVeigh

Veteran broadcast journalist Tony McVeigh has been covering Kentucky politics since 1986, reporting for Clear Channel Communications before joining Kentucky Public Radio in 2004. His stories are aired by seven KPR affiliates, whose signals blanket the Commonwealth and parts of surrounding states. McVeigh began his broadcasting career at WRFC in Athens, Georgia, while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia. He has extensive anchor/reporter experience, including stints with South Carolina Network and Georgia Radio News Service in Atlanta. In 2007 and 2008, McVeigh was named Best Radio Reporter in the Kentucky Associated Press Awards. He also picked up consecutive AP Awards for Best Political Coverage. McVeigh won four Kentucky AP Awards in 2009, six in 2010 - including Best Political Coverage and Best Hard News Feature - and three in 2011. His coverage of the 2007 Kentucky governor's race topped the Political Reporting category of the Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Awards of 2008. In 2009, McVeigh placed second in Courts and Law Reporting in the Atlanta-based competition for journalists in 11 Southern states. McVeigh is also the proud recipient of an Individual Liberty Award from the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The Brunswick, Georgia, native is a die-hard UGA football fan who enjoys photography, astronomy, live music, hiking Kentucky's Red River Gorge and exploring the state's beautiful back roads. McVeigh and his big, fat, black cat Simon, reside in Frankfort, KY.