Rogers County Clerk Robin Anderson has filed a lawsuit against The Daily Progress and the newspaper’s government reporter Salesha Wilken.

Anderson claims the paper painted her in a false light and invaded her privacy through the publication of three news articles between July 2012 and August 2013.

She believes the newspaper published misleading facts about the execution of her duties and in some instances wrongly implicated her in criminal wrongdoing.

The suit was filed Thursday in the Rogers County District Court by attorney Gary Richardson of Tulsa. The defendants have not been officially served notice of the litigation.

Anderson claims two articles published in 2012 misrepresent the facts about her involvement in the administration of $13 million in federal funds received from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA.

The Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector issued multiple reports detailing noncompliance during the administration of the grant funding. The issues included falsifying invoices and back dating documentation.

Anderson also asserts Wilken falsely alleged public records were withheld from the reporter in August 2013. Subsequently Anderson filed a harassment complaint against Wilken.

Wilken sought access to the minutes of two meetings.

Anderson denied the request, claiming the records were available on her computer, but refused to print them.

Anderson asked the court for both exemplary and punitive damages in excess of $75,000 plus attorney fees.

Recommended for you