Free Press Advisory Board

Free Press Foundation

John T. McNabb, Chairman

“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.

Carter L. Clews

“A truly free, honest and objective press is the guardian of liberty and the guarantor of equity. Without it, tyrants run amok and the masses are run to ground. With it, a strong and free people know where to direct their ire — and where to aim their fire. Without a free press, there can be no free republic.” 

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, after which 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.

Robert J. Morton

“As vital as the air we breathe, the Free Press bridges the worlds of the known and the unknown.”

Robert J. Morton is Senior Editor of and President of Free Press Foundation.

He was Editor of The Washington Times National Weekly Edition from its inception in 1994 until Jan. 4, 2013. He was also a Corporate Editor at The Washington Times for, which won the 2012 Editor & Publisher EPPY award for the best home page.

He served as Editor of ‘Examiner Today’ at the Washington Examiner and Associate Editor at Newmax Media, Inc., where he also edited the Langley Intelligence Network Group service.

A former correspondent based in Tokyo during the late 1970s, Mr. Morton also reported from Israel, Iran, Jordan, and Thailand. He earned a Masters’s degree in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and has been a Media Fellow at the Hoover Institute at Stanford University.

Jay Aeba

“Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.” – Thomas Jefferson

Jay Jikido Aeba is Co-founder and Chairman of Liberty Ecosystem International, Inc., in the USA which is developing alternative media platforms in the Asia Pacific region.

His book “Trump Revolution (Trump Kakumei)”, written before the 2016 election, unexpectedly emerged as Amazon’s No. 1 best-seller in Japan.

Mr. Aeba also served as editorial supervisor for the Japanese translation of “Clinton Cash” by Peter Schweizer and “Trump’s America” by former Speaker Newt Gingrich.

He graduated with a law degree from Keio University in 1990 and began his career as a TV commentator.

Larry Ward

In the words of Patrick Henry, “Give me Liberty or give me Death.”

Larry Ward brings decades of political, corporate, and non-profit experience and expertise to his role as the President of Political Media, Inc.

From a New York communications and advertising background, Larry came to Washington in 2002, working under the tutelage of political consultant Dick Morris. Since then, Larry and PMI have been involved in hundreds of political contests on the local, state, national, and global levels all with the same unwavering commitment to God, liberty and principled conservatism.

Ward has brought entrepreneurial zeal and innovation to email marketing, social media campaigning and 21st-century digital media platforms. He is a passionate advocate of Second Amendment rights and the American Free Press.

Yasu Kikuta

“A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.” – John F. Kennedy

Yasu Kikuta was originally a professional musician educated at the Tokyo University of the Arts. He is now President and CEO of Liberty Ecosystem International, Inc. in the USA.

Mr. Kikuta founded Seven Stars Entertainment where he procured more than $150 million in financing for filmed entertainment and sports marketing businesses in Asia.

Over the past 25 years, he has incubated and grown businesses in fintech and entertainment in Japan, North America, Europe and Asia. He was the General Manager for the Japan entity of Bluegold Capital headquartered in Singapore.

He still plays Bassoon with orchestras in Japan despite of his busy schedule.

James S. Robbins

Social media has coarsened public discourse, silenced conservative voices and lowered the quality of journalism. We must do something about it.”

Dr. James S. RobbinsJames 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 The Fletcher School, Boston University, Marine Corps University, and National Defense University. He also served as a 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).

Donald Kirk

A free press is the final line of defense against dictatorship and tyranny.”

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.

Jeff Kuhner

“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 Kuhner Jeffrey T. Kuhner is the host of The Kuhner Report on WRKO AM-680 in Boston and a columnist at World 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, 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.

David Isaac

“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.

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