“Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.” Thomas Jefferson
John T. McNabb is vice chairman of the American Leadership Council, co-founder of the Trump Leadership Council and former chairman and CEO of Willbros Group.
Mr. McNabb was a co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Growth Capital Partners. He started his career working in Mobil Oil’s exploration and production division.
He currently serves on the boards of two public companies, Continental Resources located in Oklahoma City and Cypress Energy Partners located in Tulsa.
Mr. McNabb holds B.A. and M.B.A. degrees from Duke University. He is an Emeritus Member of Board of Visitors at The Fuqua School of Business-Duke University and the former Chairman of the Board of Visitors at The University of Houston where he also taught as an Executive Professor of Finance.
He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War, rising to the rank of Captain. Mr. McNabb earned the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters and the Distinguished Flying Cross.
“Social media has coarsened public discourse, silenced conservative voices and lowered the quality of journalism. We must do something about it.”
James S. Robbins is a columnist for USA Today and Senior Fellow for National Security Affairs at the American Foreign Policy Council.
He is the award-winning former Senior Editorial Writer for Foreign Affairs at the Washington Times. He has taught at at The Fletcher School, Boston University, Marine Corps University and National Defense University. He also served as special assistant in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
His books include The Real Custer: from Boy General to Tragic Hero (2014), Native Americans: Patriotism, Exceptionalism and the New American Identity (2013), This time We win: Revisiting the Tet Offensive (2010) and Last in their Class: Custer, Pickett and the Goats of West Point (2006).
“A free press is a pillar of our democracy, its protection appearing in the First Amendment for that reason. Unfortunately, the press in this country has fallen into a sorry state, where journalists all too often choose advocacy over impartiality, propaganda over facts.”
David Isaac has worked for 25 years in the news business, starting as a stringer at the Connecticut Jewish Ledger. He has since worked as a reporter and writer for Investor’s Business Daily, the American Enterprise Institute, International Data Group, Newsmax Media, The Washington Times’ news site Times247 and The Washington Free Beacon, to name a few.
He was awarded a Media Fellowship at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University in 2004. He is currently writing, directing and producing a documentary film series on Middle East history.
“I am privileged to be a part of the Free Press Foundation, whose mission it is to train a new generation of reporters and editors. Only through nurturing a new generation of honest, inquisitive and skilled reporters can we hope to replace the old ink.
“The free press is essential for an informed public and to maintain the proper balance between those who govern and those who are governed.”
Ted Agres is a veteran journalist with more than 40 years of editing and writing experience. He has written for many news, science, and technology journals. He served as assistant managing editor and deputy managing editor at The Washington Times from its founding in 1982 until 2010. After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, he helped establish an international news cooperative for newspapers in Estonia, Bulgaria, Romania, and Hungary. He also established and supervised professional training programs for foreign editors and journalists working with the State Department and private foundations.
Agres pioneered the creation of The Washington Times’ Internet edition with a small team from IT in the mid-1990s. He also helped organize and run an “Individuated” Newspaper Conference in partnership with MediaNews Group (Denver Post) in Washington, DC. He headed up a demonstration project for the nation’s first personalized newspaper, in partnership with Océ North America and Syntops GmbH, a German software company. Agres is currently a senior editor at Health Affairs, the leading peer-reviewed health policy journal. He has an MBA from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago.
“An essential part of a free press is being a fair press, but that doesn’t exist anymore when there is no difference between the front page and the editorial page. Beat journalism needs to return to straight news reporting without the partisan advocacy.”
Brett M. Decker is a bestselling author who has written for America’s three largest newspapers: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today, among many other publications. He was editorial page editor of the Washington Times and an editorial writer and editor of the Culture & Thought page at The Wall Street Journal.
While stationed in Asia, Decker was governor of the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents’ Club and won an Amnesty International award for reporting on human rights in China. He authored the acclaimed books Bowing to Beijing and Global Filipino based on his time in the Far East.
An adjunct professor of government at Johns Hopkins University, Decker is a Hoover Institution media fellow at Stanford University and a Novak Journalism fellow at the Fund for American Studies. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval War College, Johns Hopkins, and Albion College.
Donald Kirk has been a journalist mainly in Asia since going to Indonesia in late 1965 in a period of civil strife, “the Year of Living Dangerously”.
“From Indonesia I gravitated to Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos as a correspondent based in Hong Kong for the old Washington Star and then in Tokyo for the Chicago Tribune. I spent a year as Edward R. Murrow fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and freelanced from Tokyo and Korea before joining USA Today as an editor and correspondent.
“I have had senior Fulbright research grants in India and the Philippines and have written two books from Korea, one on the late Korean president, Kim Dae-Jung, the other on bases in Okinawa and Jeju. My latest , “Kim Dae Jung and the Quest for the Nobel,” co-author Kim Kisam, was published this year in Norway under the title “Jakkten Pa Nobels Fredspris.”
Prizes include an Overseas Press Club award for Asia reporting in 1971, a George Polk award for foreign reporting in 1975 and three OPC citations.
“Mark Twain often said, ‘Everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it.’ The same is true of the media. I wanted to do something about the media and am grateful for the freedom of the press in this great country which allowed me to do so.”
David Morgan is the founding publisher and editor of the Asheville Tribune and affiliated newspapers in western North Carolina. Previously he was president of David Morgan Ltd., a manufacturer of oak furniture and an importer of wicker furniture in Asheville.
Mr. Morgan graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, received an M.B.A. degree from Harvard University and served as an Air Force lieutenant.
He is a grandson of the late Prince and Princess Alexis Obolensky of New York, who are descendants of Russia’s Rurik dynasty.
“In an age of ‘fake news’, there is a deep need for an alternative to the corrupt ‘mainstream media’. The free press is needed now more than ever before.”
Jeff KuhnerJeffrey T. Kuhner is the host of The Kuhner Report on WRKO AM-680 in Boston and a columnist at World Tribune.com. He has also filled in for nationally syndicated hosts, such as Michael Savage and Mark Levin.
For years, Jeff was the assistant national editor and Opinion Page columnist at The Washington Times. He was also the editor of Insight.com, an investigative news site and sister publication of The Washington Times.
He has appeared on FOX News, MSNBC, PBS and the BBC. Prior to entering journalism and broadcasting, Jeff was a professor of American history at McGill University.
“As vital as the air we breathe, the Free Press bridges the worlds of the known and the unknown.”
Robert J. Morton is Editor at the John Peter Zenger News Foundation and Senior Editor at WorldTribune.com.
He was Editor of ‘Examiner Today’ at the Washington Examiner. As Associate Editor at Newmax Media, Inc., he edited the Langley Intelligence Network Group service. He previously served as Corporate Editor at The Washington Times for Times247.com, which won the 2012 Editor&Publisher EPPY award for best home page. He was also Editor of The Washington Times National Weekly Edition from its inception in 1994 until Jan. 4, 2013.
A former correspondent based in Tokyo during the late 1970s, Mr. Morton also reported from Israel, Iran, Jordan and Thailand. He served as Editor in Chief of the New York City Tribune from 1983 until 1991. He obtained a Masters degree in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and has been awarded Media Fellowships at the Hoover Institute at Stanford University.
“Free Press is of particular concern to me because it is key to the democratization of authoritarian regimes such as China and Russia. Nurturing freedom of expression and responsible journalism, especially among developing nations, is the responsibility of every intellectual in the free world.”
Dr Willy Lam is Adjunct Professor at the History Department and the Center for China Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong. A Sinologist with 35 years’ experience, he has published seven books about China, including Chinese Politics in the Era of Xi Jinping (New York: Routledge, 2015). His works have been translated into Chinese and Japanese.
His widely-read articles about China for Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post helped establish him as one of the world’s most authoritative China-watchers. A Beijing correspondent until the Tiananmen Incident in 1989, Dr. Lam continued to write as the newspaper’s China editor during the handover of Hong Kong by Britain to China in 1997.
His departure from the newspaper in 2000 was regarded as one of the early warning signals of the impact Beijing’s sovereignty would have on basic freedoms in Hong Kong. It prompted a letter of protest at the time to the newspaper from the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents’ Club’s Freedom of the Press Committee.
The proliferation of media, including the ease and economy with which one can “publish” on the internet, poses a new threat to the free press by making it even more difficult to search out the truth. It is this new challenge that the Free Press Foundation seeks to help meet.
Sol W. Sanders is an Asian specialist with more than 25 years in the region, and a former correspondent for Business Week, U.S. News & World Report and United Press International.
He headed the Mass Communications Centre at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and was deputy chief of mission of the World Bank (IBRD) in Tokyo. He is the author of several books including A Sense of Asia, (Scribner’s, 1969), a political memoir of 20 years as a foreign correspondent in Asia; Honda: The Man and His Machines, (Little, Brown, 1975), a biography of the Japanese inventor and industrialist and Mitsubish Electric: The Challenge of Globalization, [Penguin, 1996].
He has written most recently for The Washington Times and WorldTribune.com.
Carter L. Clews is the Director of Communications for Judicial Watch.
Mr. Clews began his political career as the Director of Public Relations for the National Right to Work Committee, afterwhich he became the Director of Communications for the Senate Republican Conference.
An award winning writer, Mr. Clews was the Senior Editor for Mike Warren Sports and the Creative Director for Inphomation Communications, where he won the coveted “Infomercial Writer of the Year” award.