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Jim Lakely

Jim Lakely is the director of communications and the primary media contact at The Heartland Institute.

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Prior to joining Heartland in 2008, Lakely spent 16 years in daily-deadline journalism. He covered Capitol Hill and was a member of the White House Press Corps from The Washington Times in the George W. Bush administration. Lakely has appeared on C-SPAN, the Fox News Channel, MSNBC, CNN, and many national and local television and radio news programs. He’s been an editorial writer and columnist for the Tribune-Review in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; The Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Virginia; and The Press-Enterprise in Riverside, California.

He often serves as “master of ceremonies” at The Heartland Institute's public events. Lakely was honored to introduce “columnist to the world” Mark Steyn at the Tenth International Conference on Climate Change for C-SPAN. Lakely also led Heartland's 2015 contingents to Rome to bring climate realism to Pope Francis and the United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP-21) in Paris. Lakely can speak with authority on environment and climate issues from a “climate realist“ perspective, as he has to various audiences around the world.

Lakely's writing has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, New York Post, Chicago Sun-Times, Washington Examiner, American Thinker, BreitbartDaily Caller, and many other publications around the world. He has shared his insight on politics and policy on many nationally syndicated radio programs, including The Hugh Hewitt Show and the G. Gordon Liddy Show. Lakely is executive producer of the Heartland Daily Podcasts, which listeners have downloaded nearly two million times in the last 12 months. He is also the editor-in-chief of Heartland's blog, Freedom Pub, and a contributing author at Ricochet.

Born in New York City, Lakely spent his formative years in Dayton, Ohio and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1992 with a degree in English writing. Lakely is an avid fan of the Steelers and Penguins.

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Recent Articles and Publications

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November 6, 2017
By Jim Lakely
On Thursday, Republicans released their highly-anticipated tax reform bill, which was formulated in coordination with the Trump administration.
October 30, 2017
By Jim Lakely
Since President Reagan’s tax reforms of the 1980s, other countries around the world have been cutting their corporate tax rates and other taxes on businesses.
October 16, 2017
By Jim Lakely
On Monday, the Norwegian socialists who decide who gets the Nobel Prize in economics chose another proponent of “behavioral economics,” the University of Chicago’s Richard Thaler. It was a poor choice.
October 9, 2017
By Jim Lakely
A new Harvard study by Naomi Oreskes and Geoffrey Supran is full of biased statements coming from researchers with an axe to grind. This story and more in last week's edition of Heartland Weekly.
January 20, 2012
By Jim Lakely
A 2012 map of various pipelines over and around the Ogallala Aquifer, including the controversial proposal for the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast.Copyright: Pennwell MAPSEARCH
October 29, 2010
By Jim Lakely
On November 2, Californians will have an unprecedented opportunity to vote on a ballot measure that will protect their jobs and their quality of life.
May 5, 2010
By Jim Lakely
The usual suspects on the left — notably Free Press — is going nuts over reports that Federal Communications Chairman Julius Genachowski appears to be backing off his plans to impose strict net neutrality rules via a simple majority vote of his agency.
May 5, 2010
By Jim Lakely
Apparently, those hints earlier this week that the Federal Communications Commission would back off its net neutrality agenda were just a bluff.

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