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Jim Lakely

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

Reporters and producers can reach him at jlakely@heartland.org or 312/731-9364.

Backups: Keely Drukala (kdrukala@heartland.org)
or Billy Aouste (baouste@heartland.org).

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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January 22, 2018
By Jim Lakely
The stock market explosion in Trump’s first year has created $5.4 trillion in new wealth in America, more than the GDP of most countries in the world.
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January 11, 2018
By Jim Lakely
President Donald J. Trump's America First Energy Plan, unveiled on the campaign trail in 2016.
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December 18, 2017
By Jim Lakely
On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) repealed its 2015 “net neutrality” rule.
December 11, 2017
By Jim Lakely, Joseph Bast
Democrats might be zealous about the climate debate, but they have no weight behind their punch.
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.

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