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Diane Bast

Diane Carol Bast is The Heartland Institute's senior editor. She previously served as executive editor and finance manager.

She is currently focusing on editing, proofing, and layout on the final volume of the Climate Change Reconsidered series, which Heartland produces for the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC).

Before retiring in early 2018, she oversaw production of the QPR membership newsletter and all books, policy studies, e-newsletters, and other policy publications produced by Heartland. She also served as Heartland’s finance manager responsible for day-to-day accounting, financial reporting, budgeting, and compliance with reporting requirements of the federal and state governments.

Bast has edited or written more than 160 studies and 20 books on state and local public policy. She served on the board of directors of the Advocates for Self Government from 2009 to December 2016.

Prior to joining The Heartland Institute in 1987, Bast was coeditor of the bimonthly magazine Nomos and worked as a paralegal for a Chicago-based law firm. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice and constitutional law from the University of Wisconsin.

Recent Articles and Publications

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August 17, 2017
By Diane Bast
Among the things one thinks about, or should think about, as retirement looms is long-term care... and perhaps more importantly when you’re in your 50s, long-term care insurance.
October 5, 2016
By Michael Hamilton, Diane Bast
The Clinton Foundation likely partnered with a corrupt drug company producing “watered down” HIV/AIDS drugs for African patients in exchange for donations to the foundation and million-dollar consulting contracts for Bill Clinton.
May 31, 2016
By Diane Bast
(Chicago, Illinois - April 17, 2008) Parents hoping to wrest control of their children's futures away from education bureaucrats and politicians should consider moving from Nebraska. Arizona and Florida offer more promising opportunities.
March 19, 2015
By Diane Bast, Matthew Glans, Gary MacDougal

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