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.