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Diane Bast

Diane Carol Bast is The Heartland Institute's executive editor and finance manager.

She edits and oversees production of the QPR membership newsletter and all books, policy studies, e-newsletters, and other policy publications produced by Heartland. Bast has edited or written more than 160 studies and 20 books on state and local public policy.

Bast is also Heartland’s finance manager, doing day-to-day accounting and financial reporting, working with Heartland’s outside auditors, and helping draft the organization’s annual budget. She also manages Heartland's compliance with reporting requirements of the federal and state governments.

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 February 1987, Bast was coeditor of the bimonthly magazine Nomos. 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

2016 By the Numbers

See what sets Heartland apart:
82% of state elected officials read Heartland publications
of state elected officials read one or more Heartland newspapers "sometimes" or "always."
45% of elected officials say Heartland led to a change in policy
of state elected officials say a Heartland publication influenced their opinions or led to a change in public policy.
“The Heartland Institute [is] the world’s most prominent thinktank supporting skepticism about man-made climate change.”
The Economist
May 26, 2012
1.3 Million
the number of times Heartland's six podcasts were downloaded in 2016
216 issues
of weekly e-newsletters sent to subscribers across the country
120 events
that Heartland hosted, attended, or spoke at, reaching 13,474 guests
100,000 fans
on Facebook posting and reposting over 20 million times a week