Public records, by law, are property of the people, and the law requires the people have access to what is theirs.
Chapter 132 of the North Carolina General Statutes governs what documents government agencies must make available to the public.
The law clearly states everyone, not just the press, have access to public records. But you have to know what records are public before seeking access. The general rule of thumb is this: All documents are public unless the agency can prove by law that they’re not.