Jim Lakely

Director of Communications, The Heartland Institute



  • Global Warming
  • Technology
  • Energy
  • Liberty
  • Media Bias

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im Lakely is director of communications at The Heartland Institute, a spokesman for the 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 television and radio news programs. He has 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 Heartland’s public events. In 2015, he led Heartland’s trips to Rome to bring climate realism to Pope Francis and the United Nations’ COP 21.

His writing has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, New York Post, Chicago Sun-Times, Washington Examiner, American Thinker, Daily Caller, and other publications around the country. He has appeared on nationally syndicated radio programs, including The Hugh Hewitt Show and the G. Gordon Liddy Show, as well as many radio shows and podcasts around the United States and overseas. Lakely is also a contributing author at Ricochet.

A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh in 1992 with a degree in English writing, Lakely is an avid fan of the Steelers and Penguins.

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Recent Speaking

  • America First Energy Conference
  • International Conference on Climate Change

Past Presentations

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