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Mar 13

Celebrating the Life and Legacy of M. Stanton Evans: Journalist, Author, and Educator

Featuring Tributes by

Becky Norton Dunlop
Vice President, External Relations, The Heritage Foundation

Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. (By Video)
Founder, The Heritage Foundation

Lewis K. Uhler
Founder and President, National Tax Limitation Committee

Tom Davis
Director of University Relations, Troy University

Whitney Ball
President and CEO, DonorsTrust

James C. Roberts
Founder, Radio America

David A. Keene
Opinion Editor, The Washington Times

Diana West
Columnist and Author

Lee Edwards, Ph.D.
Distinguished Fellow in Conservative Thought, The Heritage Foundation

Christopher Long
President and CEO, Intercollegiate Studies Institute

Edwin Meese III
Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow Emeritus, The Heritage Foundation

John Merline
Senior Writer, Investor’s Business Daily

Stanton Denman
The Family of M. Stanton Evans

Ralph Kinney Bennett
Former Washington editor, The Reader’s Digest


M. Stanton Evans was born in Kingsville, Texas, the son of Medford Bryan Evans and Josephine Stanton Evans.

He graduated magna cum laude from Yale University Phi Beta Kappa, with a Bachelor of Arts in English, followed by graduate work in economics at New York University under Ludwig von Mises. As an undergraduate, he was an editor of the Yale Daily News. Upon graduation in 1955, he became assistant editor of The Freeman. The following year, he joined the staff of National Review (serving as associate editor from 1960 to 1973) and became managing editor of Human Events, where he was a contributing editor until his death.

He was named head editorial writer of The Indianapolis News in 1959, rising to editor the following year. At 26, he was the nation’s youngest editor of a metropolitan daily newspaper, a position he held until 1974.

Evans became a commentator for the CBS Television and Radio Networks in 1971. In 1974, he joined The Los Angeles Times syndicate as a nationally syndicated columnist. Then, in 1980, he became a commentator for National Public Radio, the Voice of America, Radio America, and WGMS in Washington, DC.

He founded the National Journalism Center in 1977 and served as director until 2002. He held the Buchanan Chair of Journalism at Troy University and taught at the University for more than thirty years. The University’s Hall School of Journalism hosts the annual M. Stanton Evans Symposium named in his honor.

Present at the founding of Young Americans for Freedom on September 11, 1960, he drafted YAF’s charter, the Sharon Statement, revered to this day for its enunciation of conservative principles. He was also the author of ten books.

He served as chairman of the American Conservative Union and founded the ACU Education and Research Institute. He was on the advisory board of Young Americans for Freedom, a trustee of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, a member of the National Tax Limitation Committee Board of Advisers, and president and a distinguished member of The Philadelphia Society.

In this analysis, conservatism is a creed of virtue, order, hierarchy, and tradition, stressing the need for moral authority in the state….

Western freedom is the product of our faith, and the precepts of that faith are essential to its survival.

M. Stanton Evans
The Theme Is Freedom


Stalin’s Secret Agents: The Subversion of Roosevelt’s Government
with Herbert Romerstein

Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy
and His Fight Against America’s Enemies

The Theme Is Freedom: Religion, Politics, and the American Tradition

Clear and Present Dangers: A Conservative View of America’s Government

The Future of Conservatism: From Taft to Reagan and Beyond

The Lawbreakers: America’s Number One Domestic Problem

The Politics of Surrender

The Liberal Establishment

The Fringe on Top: Political Wildlife Along the New Frontier
with Allan H. Ryskind and William Schulz

Revolt on the Campus

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