Searching The Sarah Palin Emails

More than 24,199 pages of emails from the first 21 months of Sarah Palin’s term as Governor of Alaska were released today after an unsuccessful fight by the state to prevent their disclosure. About 30 news organizations paid to receive the 5 boxes of printed documents, and most are planning to scan the messages and put them in searchable online repositories as quickly as they can today.

The documents were first requested during the 2008 presidential campaign under freedom of information acts. More than 2,200 pages were withheld, due to Alaskan privacy laws and other client-attorney privileges. The state has also not finished reviewing her emails from late 2008 through the summer of 2009, when Palin resigned as governor.

The New York Times has a searchable repository of Palin emails that includes a timeline of notable events. MSN, in association with Mother Jones, ProPublica and Crivella West has another, as does the The Los Angeles Times.

As the emails were just released, none of these archives is yet complete, but the organizations expect the scanning process to be complete soon.

Related Topics: Channel: Consumer | Search Engines: Legal Search Engines | Top News


About The Author: (@CJSherman) is a Founding Editor of and President of Searchwise LLC, a Boulder Colorado based Web consulting firm. He also programs and co-chairs the Search Marketing Expo - SMX conference series.

Connect with the author via: Email | Twitter | Google+ | LinkedIn


Get all the top search stories emailed daily!  


Other ways to share:

Read before commenting! We welcome constructive comments and allow any that meet our common sense criteria. This means being respectful and polite to others. It means providing helpful information that contributes to a story or discussion. It means leaving links only that substantially add further to a discussion. Comments using foul language, being disrespectful to others or otherwise violating what we believe are common sense standards of discussion will be deleted. Comments may also be removed if they are posted from anonymous accounts. You can read more about our comments policy here.
  • TJLA

    Hey Chris – You sound pretty excited about this! Be sure to let us all know what you find, OK?

  • Feydakin

    When did SEL become HuffPo??

Get Our News, Everywhere!

Daily Email:

Follow Search Engine Land on Twitter @sengineland Like Search Engine Land on Facebook Follow Search Engine Land on Google+ Get the Search Engine Land Feed Connect with Search Engine Land on LinkedIn Check out our Tumblr! See us on Pinterest


Click to watch SMX conference video

Join us at one of our SMX or MarTech events:

United States


Australia & China

Learn more about: SMX | MarTech

Free Daily Search News Recap!

SearchCap is a once-per-day newsletter update - sign up below and get the news delivered to you!



Search Engine Land Periodic Table of SEO Success Factors

Get Your Copy
Read The Full SEO Guide