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30th Annual TFAS Journalism Awards Dinner

November 14, 2023

Metropolitan Club

East 60th Street, New York, NY 10022, USA


Honoring Excellence in Journalism

For 30 years, TFAS has fostered the careers of outstanding journalists, including Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters, editors of national magazines and authors of bestselling books. Your support of the 30th Annual TFAS Journalism Awards Dinner will enable us to develop the next generation of excellent journalists while honoring today’s leaders who are paving the way.


Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2023
Reception 6 p.m. | Dinner 7 p.m.

Metropolitan Club
One East 60th Street
New York, NY 10022


Tickets and sponsorships benefit the TFAS Journalism Programs and Fellowships. Online registration is available now. Please visit this page to secure your spot.

To view sponsor levels and benefits, please click here. Please reach out to Jane Mack at jmack@TFAS.org with any questions.

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If you’re unable to attend the dinner, but would like to support the work of TFAS journalism programs, you can make tax-deductible contributions by visiting:

TFAS.org/SupportNovak and TFAS.org/SupportRago.

Presenting the 2023 Kenneth Y. Tomlinson Award for Courageous Journalism

TFAS is pleased to present Benjamin Hall with the 2023 Kenneth Y. Tomlinson Award for Courageous Journalism. Hall currently serves as a correspondent for Fox News Channel (FNC). In March of 2022, while covering the war in Ukraine, Hall was catastrophically wounded when his team was struck by incoming fire outside Kyiv.

Tragically, his colleagues Pierre Zakrzewski and Oleksandra “Sasha” Kuvshynova were killed in the attack. Hall is the author of the book “SAVED: A War Reporter’s Mission to Make It Home,” which was published on March 14, 2023. The book details the story of his survival, his dramatic rescue along with his arduous and ongoing recovery.

Lucas Y. Tomlinson, son of the award’s namesake, will present the award to Hall. Tomlinson serves as a correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC) based in Washington, D.C.

Tomlinson recently contributed to FNC’s live coverage surrounding Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, providing 24/7 coverage live on the ground in Ukraine. In August of 2021, he contributed to the network’s coverage surrounding the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan. He also extensively covered the suicide bombing outside Abbey Gate at Kabul’s airport in Afghanistan as the news was rapidly unfolding on what would be one the deadliest day for American troops in 10 years.

While serving in his former role as a Pentagon producer, Tomlinson reported daily from the Pentagon, where he attended press conferences and presented on-camera questions to senior military leaders on a range of breaking news throughout the military.

Tomlinson graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2001. Before joining FNC in 2012, he served aboard USS McInerney and later on a human terrain team with the U.S. Army’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team 10th Mountain Division in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.

Presenting the 2023 Thomas L. Phillips Career Achievement Award

Brian C. Anderson, editor of City Journal, the cultural and political quarterly published by the Manhattan Institute, will be presented with the 2023 Thomas L. Phillips Career Achievement Award for his remarkable career. Formerly, he was senior editor of City Journal and a research associate at the American Enterprise Institute.

As editor, Anderson has overseen the enormously successful expansion of City Journal’s website, which now reaches millions of readers. His guidance has broadened City Journal’s influence, with the addition of many new authors and regular contributors. In his years editing City Journal, the magazine has continued to be one of the nation’s premier public-policy magazines.

Lindsay Young Craig, National Review Institute president, will present the award to Anderson. Under Craig’s leadership, NRI has established sound fiscal footing, even as NRI has become the parent company for NR, Inc., significantly expanded and enhanced its existing programs while establishing new ones, and broadened its partnerships with policy organizations and policymakers across the country. She remains active in the broader conservative movement, organizing events, serving on advisory boards, and speaking at conferences. Lindsay serves on the Board of Trustees for The Fund for American Studies and on the Board of Directors for Young Voices.

Prior to joining NRI in August of 2013, Lindsay spent 16 years at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, one of the country’s leading domestic policy think tanks. As vice president of communications and marketing, she oversaw the development of the public relations department, social media and web development, and strategic marketing. In addition to her communications department duties, Lindsay spearheaded numerous other Manhattan Institute projects—leading special initiatives such as launching the Young Leaders Circle, organizing major conferences, and overseeing MI’s internship program.

A Connecticut native, Lindsay lived in New York City for over 30 years, after she moved there to study photography and graphic design at School of Visual Arts with a focus on political art. She graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Arts in politics. She lives just outside New York City with her husband and young daughter.

Honoring the Life of Joseph Rago

The evening will also honor the life and legacy of Joseph Rago, a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial writer for The Wall Street Journal, who died in 2017 at the age of 34.

In memory of Joe, TFAS and the Rago family established the Joseph Rago Memorial Fellowship for Excellence in Journalism, providing a nine-month internship with The Wall Street Journal’s editorial team. Sierra McClain will accept the 2023 Rago Fellowship at the dinner.

Presenting the 2023 Novak Fellowship Awards

The 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Fellows receive their awards at our 2018 dinner.

TFAS will present the 2023 Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Awards to the next generation of top writers.

By providing essential support and an extensive network of alumni, the Novak Fellowship gives promising journalists the resources to undertake career-building and impactful projects. Named in honor of renowned columnist Robert D. Novak, the program has funded more than 150 journalists since its founding. 

Dinner Committee

Honorary Chairs

Lindsay Craig, National Review Institute

Paul A. Gigot, The Wall Street Journal

Geraldine W. Novak

Dana Perino, Fox News

Nancy & Paul Rago


Jeff Carneal

Stephen Hayes

John J. Lee

Karl Rove

Catherine Barr Windels


Editor’s Circle

Paul and Nancy Rago

Columnist’s Circle

Fox Corporation

Paul A. Gigot

Kathleen and Frank Lauinger

Geraldine W. Novak

Reporter’s Circle


Dale and Wendy Brott

Einhorn Family Foundation

Roger and Susan Hertog

William J. Hybl

James Piereson

Roger Ream

Karl Rove

Catherine Barr Windels

Correspondent’s Circle

Caroline Weil
Richard Barnett

The Hon. Daniel Oliver
Amb. Louise Oliver

Bridgett and Steve Wagner

Stanley Stillman, Paideia Times

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