Jim Lakely is director of communications at The Heartland Institute, a spokesman for organization, editor-in-chief of Heartland’s blog, Freedom Pub, and executive producer of the Heartland Daily Podcast.
Prior to joining Heartland in 2008, Lakely spent 16 years in daily-deadline journalism. A former White House correspondent for The Washington Times, he covered Capitol Hill and the re-election campaign of George W. Bush. Lakely has appeared on C-SPAN, the Fox News Channel, MSNBC, CNN, and many national and local television and radio news programs. He’s been an editorial writer and columnist for the Tribune-Review in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; The Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Virginia; and The Press-Enterprise in Riverside, California.
Lakely often serves as “master of ceremonies” at The Heartland Institute’s public events. He was honored to introduce “columnist to the world” Mark Steyn at the Tenth International Conference on Climate Change in 2015, which was aired on C-SPAN.