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Liberty + Leadership News: July 22


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32nd Annual Scholarship Dinner Celebrates Pinnacles of Courageous Leadership

The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) alumni, students, supporters and friends gathered at the 32nd Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner on July 13, 2022, to celebrate the accomplishments of four honorable leaders in the business and government relations sectors. The night was full of laughter, good conversation and great company. Each person in attendance shared something in common: the desire to foster the next generation of courageous leaders.

Jade West accepts the 2022 Business Leadership Award.

TFAS presented the bipartisan Congressional Leadership Awards to Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania; the Business Leadership Award to Jade West, Chief Government Relations Officer of the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors; and the Kevin Burket Alumni Service Award to Andrew Powaleny ’08, PPF ’11, Director of Public Affairs at PhRMA.

Each of these four individuals has continually demonstrated their commitment to personal responsibility, service, civil dialogue and providing opportunity for all through their outstanding leadership. TFAS was honored to recognize them for their accomplishments.

Find the honorees’ remarks and more about the dinner at TFAS.org/SDRecap22.

TFAS Announces Recipients of the 2022-23 Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship

The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) is pleased to announce the 2022-23 Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship recipients. The 2022 Fellows are Billy Binion of Reason, Jack Butler of National Review, John Hirschauer of The American Conservative, Madeleine Kearns of National Review, Kate Bachelder Odell of The Wall Street Journal, Brad Polumbo of the Foundation for Economic Economics (FEE), and Joseph Simonson of the Washington Free Beacon. These seven journalists will spend one year researching and providing in-depth reporting on a variety of topics pertaining to a free society. Themes to be covered by the 2022-23 cohort include the student debt crisis, the political shift of Hispanic voters and law enforcement misconduct, among others.

The Fellowship recipients were selected from a highly competitive pool of qualified applicants whose work represents an array of backgrounds. Please see below for the full biographies of each recipient.

“Our Novak Fellows are emblematic of the thorough, ground-breaking reporting that is critical in uncovering the stories that matter to our nation,” said Ryan Wolfe, the manager of Continuing Education Programs at TFAS. “These seven remarkable journalists will join the ranks of a prestigious network dedicated to sharing the truth. I’m looking forward to working with them in the year ahead and seeing the hard-hitting work they produce.”

Learn more about the Novak Fellowship and each of the 2022-23 recipients at TFAS.org/Novak22.

Liberty + Leadership Podcast – Sandy Malone ’96

TFAS has reached more than 46,000 students and professionals through academic programs, fellowships and seminars. Representing more than 140 countries, TFAS alumni are courageous leaders throughout the world forging careers in politics, government, public policy, business, philanthropy, law and the media.

Join TFAS President Roger Ream ’76 as he reconnects with these outstanding alumni to share experiences, swap career stories, and find out what makes their leadership journey unique. With prominent congressmen, judges and journalists among the mix, each episode is sure to excite your interest in what makes TFAS special.

This week, another fabulous TFAS alumna joins us on the Liberty + Leadership Podcast: managing editor of The Police Tribune and former star of TLC’s Wedding Island, Sandy Malone ’96. In this week’s episode, Roger and Sandy discuss how media coverage of law enforcement has changed over the years and Sandy’s wild adventures filming her TLC reality show, which followed her wedding planning business in Vieques, Puerto Rico. The Liberty + Leadership Podcast is hosted by TFAS President Roger Ream and produced by kglobal. If you have a comment or question for the show, please drop us an email at podcast@TFAS.org.

Listen to the podcast, watch the video and find the audio transcript at TFAS.org/PodcastS2E7.

Post of the Week

Last week, students from around the world traveled to Prague for the 2022 European Journalism Institute hosted by TFAS and The Media Project (TMP). TMP interviewed one of the participants, a young investigative reporter named Anastassia who is from Ukraine. Listen to her story in the interview below.


Moss Brennan ’19 shares about a new initiative called Frontlines to Farm that will provide training to help veterans feel more connected to their communities in a piece for the Watauga Democrat.

Mitch Daniels, TFAS Trustee Emeritus, opines for The Washington Post on the necessity of civil dialogue and politeness in everyday conversations.

Stephanie Slade, Novak ’16, explains how Ukraine’s wartime policies are threatening liberty and democracy in an article for Reason.

Haley Gluhanich, Law ’21, recently started a new position at the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE) as a program officer for campus rights advocacy.

Ibrahim al-Marashi ’01 was announced as a winner of the 2022 IE University of Segovia’s IE Foundation Prizes in the Humanities.

Politico Playbook PM featured the 32nd Annual TFAS Scholarship Awards Dinner in the “Out and About” section of the July 14 update.

Ryan Lovelace, Novak ’17, pens an article for The Washington Times on the failures of Internet policy and the Council on Foreign Relations’ proposed changes.

The National Association of Business Political Action Committees, an internship site hosting international student Mark Vad ’22 this summer, hosts a podcast called “Facts about PACs.” They just released an episode where they interview Vad about his internship and the TFAS program.

Naomi Schaefer Riley, Novak ’01, writes about rising gas prices and explains the economics behind who is responsible in an opinion piece for Deseret News.

Michael Brendan Dougherty, Novak ’09, discusses the merits of “going green” and the interplay with Western energy needs in an article for National Review.

TFAS Law Board of Visitors member Ilya Shapiro analyzes the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2021-22 term for The Carolina Journal.

Bill Wirtz ’17 explains how the Environmental Protection Agency continuously ignores farmers when it comes to crop protection in a piece for The National Interest.

Mark Hemingway, Novak ’02, discusses the changing tides in the world of journalism and asks whether the career is even a vocation anymore in an article for WORLD.

TFAS Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Anne Bradley shared “an economist’s summer reading list” on Acton Institute‘s power blog.

Eric Abels, Law ’21, was selected to be an extern with the United States Air Force JAG Corps for the upcoming fall semester.

Paige Taylor ’21 started a new position as a press intern in the U.S. Senate.

Dan Degerman ’11 wrote his first book, “Political Agency and the Medicalisation of Negative Emotions.” It is available for pre-order on Amazon.

Kelsey Swango Billings ’09, ’10, PPF ’12, is now the Director of Innovation and Stakeholder Engagement for Field to Market.

Hailey Spratt ’22 was featured in a press release by the High Point Enterprise for earning a DeJoy-Woś Family Foundation Scholarship to participate in a TFAS D.C. Academic Internship Program this summer.

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