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Liberty + Leadership News: December 1


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30th Annual TFAS Journalism Awards Dinner

On November 14, The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) hosted the 30th Annual TFAS Journalism Awards Dinner at the Metropolitan Club in New York. During the evening, TFAS presented our 2023 Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Awards and Joseph Rago Memorial Fellowship for Excellence in Journalism to the next generation of top writers. The evening also honored Brian C. Anderson, editor of City Journal, was presented with the Thomas L. Phillips Career Achievement Award and Benjamin Hall, a correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC), was presented with the Kenneth Y. Tomlinson Award for Courageous Journalism for their remarkable careers.

Watch the full event below to join TFAS in celebrating 30 years of fostering the careers of outstanding journalists, including Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters, editors of national magazines and authors of bestselling books.

30th Annual TFAS Journalism Awards Dinner News

The Manhattan Institute featured Brian C. Anderson for receiving the 2023 Thomas L. Phillips Career Achievement Award.

Benjamin Hall was featured in Adweek upon receiving the Kenneth Y. Tomlinson Award for Courageous Journalism.

Benjamin Hall spoke on the importance of journalism in his award acceptance remarks. FOX News featured his award.

Benjamin Hall’s remarks were highlighted in The Wall Street Journal’s Notable & Quotable.

In Memory of William C. Dennis

It is with great sadness that The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) shares the passing of beloved TFAS professor, supporter and friend, William (Bill) C. Dennis. He passed away surrounded by his loved ones on November 10, 2023 at the age of 81. TFAS was fortunate to have Bill as a faculty member for the spring and fall semesters in 2004.

TFAS president Roger Ream shares his cherished memories of Bill during his time at TFAS.

“Bill Dennis was one of the more intellectually curious people I have known in my life,” Ream said. “He was passionate about history, politics and philosophy, and always welcomed conversation with students and others who shared his desire to explore the world and human relations. Bill also loved nature. He was a mountain climber, hiker and bird watcher. All of us at TFAS are grateful for the opportunities we had to work with him, explore ideas with him and be inspired by him.”

Read more about the life and legacy of Bill here.

Benjamin Hall on Courage Under Fire: Reporting from the War Zones

Join Roger Ream ’76 in this week’s Liberty + Leadership Podcast as he speaks with FOX News correspondent, Benjamin Hall. Roger and Benjamin discuss his recent book, “Saved: A War Reporter’s Mission to Make It Home.”

The book details the story of his survival, his dramatic rescue along with his arduous and ongoing recovery from a horrific missile attack that critically wounded him and killed several of his colleagues while they were reporting from the war in Ukraine. Benjamin recounts the intensity of that day, his long road to recovery and both the physical and emotional challenges he will face for the rest of his life. Additionally, they discuss Benjamin’s experiences reporting from areas of conflict including Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, as well as an especially intense interaction with Ugandan special forces in Mogadishu.

Post of the Week

Last month, TFAS supporters, alumni, and friends gathered for an inspirational evening at the Metropolitan Club in New York City during the 30th Annual TFAS Journalism Awards Dinner, where we honored leaders who are paving the way in journalism.

During the dinner, Benjamin Hall of FOX News was awarded the TFAS’s Kenneth Y. Tomlinson Award for Courageous Journalism, which he announced on Twitter.

Congratulations, Ben!

 TFAS Faculty, Alumni, Supporters in the News

TFAS Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Anne Bradley reviewed “You Will Own Nothing: Your War with a New Financial World Order and How to Fight Back” by Carol Roth for the Acton Institute.

Justin Shubow, Novak ’15, was interviewed by Rachel Lu, Novak ’15, on the Liberty Law Talk podcast, where he spoke about the architecture of the Republic.

Drew Lingle, PPF 21, started a new role as a professional staff member for the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Connor Merk ’22 was named an Inaugural 2025 Tocqueville Scholar at the Pepperdine School of Public Policy.

Joe Lai ’01, PPF ’07, writes about the business leaders guide to D.C. for 2024 for the DC Journal.

Rym Momtaz ’05, ’07 was interviewed on the Center for Strategic and International Studies’s “The Eurofile” podcast about Emmanuel Macron and French foreign policy.

Tim Alberta, Novak ’18, appeared on CBS Sunday Morning, where he talked about his new book, “The Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory: American Evangelicals in an Age of Extremism.”

Joseph Lawler, Novak ’13, wrote an article for the Washington Examiner about the reasons people are unhappy about the economy.

Daniel Cochrane, PPF ’22, started a new role as a senior research associate at The Heritage Foundation.

Abby Guidera, PPF ’19, started a new position as a development and special projects manager at the Economic Innovation Group.

Kat Timpf, Novak ’12, was interviewed on The Hill about the cancel culture and the ‘healing mechanism’ of comedy during crisis and war.

Naomi Schaefer Riley, Novak ’01, wrote a piece for Deseret News about a conversation with civics educator Jack Miller about the situation on college campuses as a result of the Israel-Hamas war.

Bill Wirtz ’17 launched a new podcast, “Fun Police,” with his colleagues at the Consumer Choice Center.

Isaac Schorr, Novak ’23, opines for the New York Post the Koch network’s endorsement of Nikki Haley.

Rohini Kosoglu ’05 was interviewed for Politico about her outlook on AI in health care.

Elliot Kaufman, Rago ’18, reviewed “Target Tehran” by Yonah Jeremy Bob and Ilan Evyatar for Commentary Magazine.

Joseph Simonson, Novak ’22, wrote a piece for The Washington Free Beacon about anti-Israel protesters participating in the protest at Yale University.

TFAS Senior Scholar Dr. Donald Devine wrote an op-ed for The American Spectator about a recent debate in which he argued that Ronald Reagan was a philosophical fusionist conservative.

TFAS Senior Scholar Dr. Donald J. Boudreaux wrote a two-part (Part I, Part II) article on industrial emissions regulation for the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER).

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