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25th Annual Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Awards Dinner

September 27, 2018

Metropolitan Club

One East Sixtieth Street, New York, NY 10022


The Robert Novak Journalism Awards Dinner celebrates its 25th anniversary by coming to New York City for the first time. The dinner, a grand event that brings together top journalists and rising stars of the next generation, will be held Thursday, Sept. 27 at the Metropolitan Club of New York. Join us as we showcase the projects of our 2018 Novak Fellowship winners and recognize excellence in journalism.

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Read about our 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Award recipients. 


Sept. 27, 2018
Reception – 6 p.m.
Dinner – 7 p.m.

Metropolitan Club
One East Sixtieth Street
New York, NY 10022

Dress is Business

Andrew Ferguson, national correspondent at The Weekly Standard, will present P.J. O’Rourke with the 2018 Thomas L. Phillips Career Achievement Award for his contributions to the field of journalism. O’Rourke, a bestselling author and America’s leading political satirist, will deliver the evening’s keynote remarks.

Learn more about the Joseph Rago Memorial Fellowship. Illustration Courtesy of The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones.

The evening also honors the life and legacy of Joseph Rago, a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial writer for The Wall Street Journal, who died last year at the age of 34. Paul Gigot, editorial page editor of the Journal, will deliver remarks on Joe’s contributions to journalism.

In memory of Joe, the Rago family and The Fund for American Studies have established the Joseph Rago Memorial Fellowship for Excellence in Journalism. The program’s inaugural fellow will be introduced at the dinner.

For a quarter-century, the Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Program has fostered the leaders of the next generation of journalism. Alumni include reporters and editors at the nation’s top publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and National Review, as well as the editors-in-chief of The Weekly Standard and Reason magazine – Steve Hayes and Katherine Mangu-Ward. We hope you will join us on Sept. 27 for a celebration of what we’ve achieved – and the even greater things still to come.

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Your support of the 25th Annual Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Awards Dinner will foster the careers of the next generation of top-notch journalists, while honoring today’s leaders who are paving the way. These sponsorships include complimentary registration(s); VIP seating; recognition on event marketing and website and more.

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Dinner Host Committee

Fred Barnes

Steve Forbes

Paul Gigot

Roger Kimball


Rupert Murdoch

Geraldine Novak

David B. Rivkin, Jr.

Donald Smith

Dinner Underwriter

The Smith Family Foundation

Platinum Dinner Sponsor

Gold Dinner Sponsor

Paul Gigot

Gerry Ohrstrom

Silver Dinner Sponsors


Giovanna and Paolo Cugnasca

The George E. Coleman Jr. Foundation

Peter and Karin Leidel

Geraldine Novak

Robert F. Agostinelli

Bridgett Wagner

Jerry Weil and Caroline Weil Barnett

Douglas Wheeler

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