Jim Lakely

Communications Director, The Heartland Institute; Co-Director of the Center on the Digital Economy

Jim Lakely handles all media contacts for The Heartland Institute. Reach him at, or on his cell at 312-731-9364. (Text queries are preferred.)

Jim Lakely is director of communications at The Heartland Institute, editor-in-chief of Heartland's blog, Somewhat Reasonable, and executive producer of the Heartland Daily Podcast.

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 to discuss politics and policy. 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.

In his time working for The Heartland Institute, Lakely often serves as "master of ceremonies" at the organization's public events. Lakely 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’s 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, Lakely is an avid fan of the Steelers and Penguins.

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