2017 Tony Blankley Chair

The Steamboat Institute established the Tony Blankley Chair for Public Policy and American Exceptionalism to honor the memory of our dear friend, Tony Blankley, and to build on his legacy. Tony Blankley was a master journalist and communicator and acted as the Moderator for our first three Freedom Conferences (2009, 2010 and 2011). His insights and good humor were indispensable.

Tony and his wife, Lynda Davis, were among the first to recognize the virtue of putting the citizen activists and potential citizen activists, who attend our programs, in direct and personal contact with nationally-recognized leaders in the conservative community. Most importantly, they understood how this is an essential component of the fight for our freedom. Tony and Lynda gave us their unwavering support from the beginning of the Steamboat Institute, and their support gave us the credibility that has been a linchpin of our success.

Accordingly, we seek to honor the memory of our dear friend, Tony Blankley. Tony’s grasp of public policy, the proper role of government, and the concept of American Exceptionalism is beyond dispute. It is our intention to build on Tony’s substantial legacy by nurturing and supporting the careers of outstanding young journalists and emerging conservative thought leaders who share the principles and values espoused by the late Tony Blankley and The Steamboat Institute.

The fellowship recipient will receive a $10,000 stipend, travel expenses, speaking engagements, public relations/social media support, and extensive networking opportunities.

Application Requirements

1. Personal mission statement, describing your passion for and commitment to the conservative principles espoused by both Tony Blankley and the Steamboat Institute (limit 500 words)
2. Writing sample (i.e., example of published work – limit 1,500 words).
3. Personal essay – describing your experience, why you are deserving of this fellowship and what you plan to do in the future (limit 750 words).
4. Official Academic Transcript (undergraduate or post-graduate) – Note: This requirement applies only to current students or to those who graduated from college or graduate school within the past five years.
5. Professional resumé.
6. Links to 1-2 video samples of your work (for example, TV interviews or appearances, speaking engagements, or similar). Alternatively, you may provide a 2-minute self-made video in which you discuss a topic of importance to you.
7. Two letters of recommendation – professional or personal references, including from members of the Selection Committee for the Tony Blankley Chair, Steamboat Institute Board or National Advisory Board, friends of the Steamboat Institute, current and former employers, academics, mentors and others.

Members of the Selection Committee

Lynda Davis, Ph.D. – widow of Tony Blankley

Steve Hofman – Consultant; former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Labor

Mary Kissel – Wall Street Journal editorial board

Lauren Maddox – Principal, Podesta Group; former Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Education

Thomas P. McDevitt – Chairman, Board of Directors – The Washington Times

Ed Meese – 75th Attorney General of the United States

John O’ Sullivan – British commentator and former speechwriter for Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher; Senior Fellow with National Review

John Roberts – author and TV producer for The McLaughlin Group

Tom Rogan – Tony Blankley Senior Fellow and columnist for National Review


Blankley Fellows

Kelsey Harkness

Kelsey Harkness is senior news producer at The Daily Signal, the multimedia news organization at The Heritage Foundation. In addition… Read More

Hadley Heath Manning

Hadley Heath Manning is a senior policy analyst and director of health policy at the Independent Women’s Forum. She frequently… Read More

Tom Rogan

Tom Rogan is an American writer who grew up in London, England but now lives in Washington D.C. Read More