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Neal B. Freeman

Chairman of the Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Program

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Neal B. Freeman is a businessman, political essayist and philanthropist, and serves as chairman of the Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Program. Neal served as the 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, Neal 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.