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TFAS Journalism Awards Dinner

September 12, 2019

Metropolitan Club

East 60th Street, New York, NY, USA


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The TFAS Journalism Awards Dinner will be held Thursday, Sept. 12 at the Metropolitan Club of New York. Join us as we showcase the projects of our 2019 Novak Fellowship winners, introduce our 2019 Rago Fellow and recognize prominent journalists including Roger Kimball, Paul Gigot and the late Joseph Rago.

For more than a quarter-century, TFAS has fostered the careers of outstanding journalists, including Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters, editors of national magazines and authors of best-selling books. Your support of the 26th Annual TFAS Journalism Awards Dinner will enable us to reach the next generation of top-notch journalists, while honoring today’s leaders who are paving the way. We hope you will join us on Sept. 12 for a celebration of what we’ve achieved – and the even greater things still to come.

More than 200 guests attended our 2018 dinner including representatives from The Wall Street Journal, Reason magazine, Dow Jones, CBS, National Review, American Spectator, the American Conservative and more. View video and photos from the 2018 dinner.


Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019
Reception – 6 p.m.  •  Dinner – 7 p.m.

Metropolitan Club
One East Sixtieth Street  •  New York, NY 10022

Dress is Business

Dinner Proceeds Support the Novak Fellowship Program and the Joseph Rago Memorial Fellowship for Excellence in Journalism.

Presenting the 2019 Thomas L. Phillips Career Achievement Award

Rebekah Mercer, president of the Mercer Family Foundation, will present Roger Kimball with the 2019 Thomas L. Phillips Career Achievement Award for his contributions to the field of journalism. Kimball, editor and publisher of The New Criterion and the publisher of Encounter Books, will deliver the evening’s keynote remarks.

Honoring the Life of Joseph Rago

Illustration of Joseph Rago Courtesy The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones.

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 two years ago 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, TFAS and the Rago family have established the Joseph Rago Memorial Fellowship for Excellence in Journalism, providing a nine-month internship with The Wall Street Journal’s editorial team. The 2019 fellow will be introduced at the dinner.

Presenting the 2019 Novak Fellowship Awards

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

Katherine Mangu-Ward, Novak ’05, editor-in-chief of Reason, will serve as the evening’s master of ceremonies and help us present our 2019 Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Awards to the next generation of outstanding reporters. By providing essential funding and an extensive network of alumni, Novak Fellowships provide promising journalists the resources to undertake career-building and impactful projects.

The fellowships are named in honor of Robert D. Novak, longtime columnist, CNN broadcaster and reporter for the Associated Press and The Wall Street Journal. Since its founding, the program has funded more than 140 journalists.


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 using the links below:

Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship: www.TFAS.org/SupportNovak.
Joseph Rago Memorial Fellowship: www.TFAS.org/SupportRago.

Dinner Host Committee and Sponsors

Thank you to the following individuals and organizations for serving on our dinner host committee or as sponsors of the evening. Your support enables us to reach the next generation of top-notch journalists.

Dinner Underwriter


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