Journalist Jillian Melchior named Steamboat Institute fellow |

Journalist Jillian Melchior named Steamboat Institute fellow

Teresa Ristow

Jillian Melchior

— Investigative reporter Jillian Melchior was named this week as the Steamboat Institute's 2015-16 Tony Blankley fellow.

Melchior is the second person selected for the fellowship, officially named The Tony Blankley Chair for Public Policy and American Exceptionalism.

Previous fellow Tom Rogan, selected in 2014, will continue to work with the Steamboat Institute as a senior fellow.

Melchior was selected among a pool of talented applicants by a seven-member selection committee because of her broad background investigating and covering a variety of topics, according to Jennifer Schubert-Akin, chairman and CEO of the Steamboat Institute.

"She has a unique ability to see and report on the details of the situation without ever losing sight of the big picture," Schubert-Akin said. "What made her stand out was her broad background and the work she's done."

The fellowship provides high-profile recognition and financial support to emerging conservative thought leaders who share the values of Tony Blankley and the Steamboat Institute, including lower taxes, limited government and free market capitalism.

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Blankley was the conference moderator during the Steamboat Institute's first three Freedom Conferences in 2009, 2010 and 2011. He died in 2012.

Melchior is an accomplished journalist who writes for National Review, a conservative magazine, and has reported on domestic issues including government waste and fraud, environmental issues and organized labor.

Her work has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Cosmopolitan and The New York Post, among other publications.

Melchior will be honored during a dinner as part of the Steamboat Institute's seventh annual Freedom Conference, taking place August 28 and 29.

"I am honored to join the Steamboat Institute as its second Tony Blankley Chair," Melchior said, in a release. "I'm deeply thankful for this opportunity and look forward to a productive year ahead."

The fellowship provides both financial backing and a network of support to fellows while also promoting the Steamboat Institute name on articles and during public appearances of the fellows, Schubert-Akin said.

"It's a great way to help them advance their career, as well as helping us," she said.

Both Melchior and Rogan will speak during the Freedom Conference.

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