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Jim Lakely

Jim Lakely is director of communications at The Heartland Institute, a spokesman for organization, editor-in-chief of Heartland's blog, Freedom Pub, and executive producer of the Heartland Daily Podcast.

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Prior to joining Heartland in 2008, Lakely spent 16 years in daily-deadline journalism. A former White House correspondent for The Washington Times, he covered Capitol Hill and the re-election campaign of George W. Bush. 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.

Lakely often serves as "master of ceremonies" at The Heartland Institute's public events. He was honored to introduce "columnist to the world" Mark Steyn at the Tenth International Conference on Climate Change, which was aired on C-SPAN. Lakely led Heartland's 2015 contingents to Rome to bring climate realism to Pope Francis, and the United Nations' Conference of the Parties (COP-21). 

His writings have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the New York Post, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Washington Examiner, the American Thinker, the Daily Caller, and many other publications around the country. He has shared his insight on politics and policy on nationally syndicated radio programs, including The Hugh Hewitt Show and the G. Gordon Liddy Show, as well as many radio shows and podcasts around the U.S. and overseas. Lakely is also a contributing author at Ricochet.

Born in New York City, Lakely spent his formative years in Dayton, Ohio and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A graduate of 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 17, 2017
By Jim Lakely
The New York Times produces a weekly “Top 10” list of its favorite comments appearing on its website. One of those comments from last week was by a reader calling herself “Maggie Mae” who wrote, “the entire concept of ‘the Heartland’ needs to be scrapped.
January 9, 2017
By Frederick D. Palmer, Jim Lakely
‘I am deeply honored by The Heartland Institute to be asked to serve as senior fellow on energy and climate.’ — Frederick D. Palmer
December 27, 2016
By Jim Lakely
Ben Santer helped usher in the politicization of climate science to serve political ends, doing all he could — his scientific peers be damned. So, no: Donald Trump should not listen to the likes of Ben Santer.
December 27, 2016
By Jim Lakely
Dr. Robinson received the “Voice of Reason” award at the Ninth International Conference on Climate Change (2014) and presented at the Second International Conference on Climate Change (2008).
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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