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 see that his ideals are preserved and expounded through the first-ever academic Chair to foster academic excellence at the Steamboat Institute.

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

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

Jillian Melchior

Jillian Kay Melchior, political editor at Heat Street, is a fellow for the Steamboat Institute and Independent Women’s Forum. She… Read More