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Jim Lakely

Jim Lakely is the Director of Communications of The Heartland Institute.

Reporters, editors, producers, and hosts can reach Jim to book a Heartland interview at or via text/call to his mobile: 312-731-9364.

Heartland has an in-house TV studio from which we can connect to any outlet in the world on a moment's notice.

 Backup contacts: Billy Aouste (email), Keely Drukala (email)

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 covering 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, and manages the creation and production of Heartland's major conferences, such as the International Conferences on Climate Change, the America First Energy Conference, and Heartland's annual benefit dinners. 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 opinion pieces have 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.

He is executive producer (and occasional host) of the Heartland Daily Podcast, which listeners downloaded 3.2 million times in 2018. He supervises the production of Heartland's public policy videos, including “Flashes of Freedom” and “In the Tank.” 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, Penguins and his beloved Pitt Panthers.

Follow Jim's personal tweets on Twitter (@jlakely). Also follow @HeartlandInst on Twitter, as well as Heartland's Facebook page, YouTube Channel, and Instagram account to keep up with the organization.

Recent Articles and Publications

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December 2, 2019
By Jim Lakely
Week of November 25, 2019
November 25, 2019
By Jim Lakely
Week of November 18, 2019
November 19, 2019
By Jim Lakely
The Heartland Institute’s 10 short, shareable videos for Thanksgiving highlight 10 facts climate alarmists don’t want us to be thankful for
November 18, 2019
By Jim Lakely
Week of November 11, 2019
January 11, 2018
By Jim Lakely
President Donald J. Trump's America First Energy Plan, unveiled on the campaign trail in 2016.
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.

2018 By the Numbers

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3.2 Million
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158 events
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