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Neal Freeman, Chairman

Neal Freeman, the chairman of the Novak Fellowship Program

Neal B. Freeman is chairman of the Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Program. A respected businessman, political essayist and philanthropist, Neal lends years of experience and expertise to the program and its fellows.

Neal served as Washington editor of National Review from 1978 to 1981. In 1981, he founded The Blackwell Corporation, an advisory firm with clients in communications, defense and wealth management. He previously worked as an executive with the Hearst Corporation and was appointed by President Reagan as director of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

As a television producer, Freeman has produced more than one thousand programs for national broadcast. His productions have won many awards for journalistic excellence, including the George Foster Peabody Award, the Emmy and, for three consecutive years, the documentary medal of the International Film and Television Festival.


Thomas L. Phillips, Chairman Emeritus

Thomas L Phillips, chairman emeritus of the Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Program, gives remarks at the National Press Club.

Thomas L. Phillips is the founder and chairman emeritus of the Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Program. In 1990, he founded The Phillips Foundation to advance Constitutional principles, a democratic society and a vibrant free-enterprise system. Under his leadership, the foundation launched the Novak Fellows Program in 1994. The program moved to TFAS in 2013 where Phillips continues to serve as an honorary chairman of the program. He is also the founder of Eagle Publishing, America’s leading source of books, periodicals and online services with a conservative, free-enterprise focus.

Each year, TFAS presents the Thomas L. Phillips Career Achievement Award to a leader who has made major contributions to the field of journalism during a long and distinguished career. The annual prize is presented each year at the Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Awards Dinner.