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HONORING THE BEST IN AMERICAN JOURNALISM

Join us on Nov. 3 to meet our 2021 Novak Fellowship winners, welcome our 2021 Rago Fellow and hear from prominent journalists including Paul Gigot, editorial page editor and vice president of The Wall Street Journal.

For more than a quarter-century, outstanding journalists, including Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters, editors of national magazines and authors of best-selling books have paved the way in journalism as Novak and Rago Fellows. Your support of the 28th Annual TFAS Journalism Awards Dinner equips the next generation of top-notch journalists, while honoring today’s leaders who are paving the way. We hope you will join us in New York for a celebration of what these writers, editors and truth-seekers have achieved – and the even greater things still to come.

DETAILS:

Wednesday, Nov. 3

Reception – 6 p.m. | Dinner – 7 p.m.

Metropolitan Club
One East Sixtieth Street
New York, NY 10022

TFAS will offer in-person and virtual attendance. A livestream link will be made available closer to the event. The program will follow all applicable local and state COVID-19 regulations.

PRESENTING THE 2021 THOMAS L. PHILLIPS CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Neal B. Freeman

TFAS will present Neal B. Freeman with the 2021 Thomas L. Phillips Career Achievement Award for his contributions to the field of journalism. Freeman, a businessman, political writer and author of “Skirmishes,” will deliver the evening’s keynote remarks.

Neal B. Freeman

Neal B. Freeman is an American businessman and political writer. He served as the Washington Editor for National Review magazine from 1978 until 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.

Freeman graduated with a bachelor's degree from Yale in 1962.

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PRESENTING THE 2021 KENNETH Y. TOMLINSON AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING JOURNALISM

Katherine Mangu-Ward

TFAS will present Katherine Mangu-Ward with the 2021 Kenneth Y. Tomlinson Award for Outstanding Journalism for her exhibition of excellence in reporting and a determination to present the truth. 

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Katherine Mangu-Ward

Katherine Mangu-Ward is editor in chief of Reason, the magazine of “free minds and free markets." A few of her more memorable cover stories include a defense of plastic bags, an argument for why you almost certainly shouldn’t vote, and a welcome to our new robot overlords.
 
She started as a Reason intern in 2000 and has worked at The Weekly Standard and The New York Times. Her writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Slate, and numerous other publications. She is a frequent commentator on radio and television networks such as National Public Radio, CNBC, C-SPAN, Fox Business, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC.
 
She is a Future Tense Fellow at New America. Mangu-Ward is a graduate of Yale University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and political science. She lives in Washington, D.C.

REMEMBERING THE LIFE OF JOSEPH RAGO

The evening will honor the life and legacy of Joseph Rago, a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial writer for The Wall Street Journal, who died in 2017 at the age of 34. In memory of Joe, TFAS and the Rago family established the Fellowship, providing a nine-month internship with The Wall Street Journal’s editorial team.

TFAS is pleased to present Faith Bottum with the 2021 Joseph Rago Memorial Fellowship for Excellence in Journalism Award. Born in João Pessoa, Brazil, she was raised in New York, Washington, D.C., and in the Black Hills of South Dakota. A 2021 graduate of the South Dakota School of Mines, Bottum earned a degree in civil engineering with a focus on structures.

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PRESENTING THE 2021 NOVAK FELLOWSHIP AWARDS

During the dinner, we will also present our 2021 Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Awards to the next generation of outstanding reporters. By providing essential funding and an extensive network of alumni, Novak Fellowships allow 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.

 
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“The program is a life-changing experience and is the type of opportunity that serves as a foundation for one’s career. This honor, along with the support I’ve received through the Fellowship, is one that will far outlast the timeframe of the program. In reality, this Fellowship and the work I’ve done through it will carry me throughout my career, and I am grateful for everyone’s support as I’ve pursued my writing, reporting and research in a professional capacity.”

Charles McElwee, Novak ’20

DONATE TO SUPPORT RESPONSIBLE JOURNALISM

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

Our Generous Sponsors

Thank you to the following organizations and individuals for sponsoring the 28th Annual TFAS Journalism Awards Dinner! Your support equips the next generation of top-notch journalists, while honoring today’s leaders who are paving the way. Click here to learn more about becoming a sponsor and the benefits.

GOLD SPONSORS

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News Corp
 
 

 

Paul Gigot

 

 

Frank and Kathleen Lauinger

 

 

Geraldine Novak

 

 

Gerry Ohrstrom

 

 

The Rago Family

 


SILVER SPONSORS

 

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Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Oliver

 

 

Roger & Mary Kay Ream

 

 

Catherine Barr Windels

 


BRONZE SPONSORS

 

Lammot Copeland

 

 

Elliot Kaufman

 

Pacific Research Institute

 

Stanley Stillman -
Paideia Times


FRIEND SPONSORS

Debbie and Tom Lawrence


Dinner Committee 

Lawson Bader

DonorsTrust

Lindsay Craig

National Review Institute

Paul Gigot

The Wall Street Journal

 
Roger Kimball
 
Geraldine Novak
P.J. O'Rourke
Daniel Oliver
Paul & Nancy Rago
David Rivkin