America’s Future Foundation (AFF) recently presented one of its 2018 Buckley Awards to Rob Bluey, Heritage’s vice president of communications and editor-in-chief of The Daily Signal.
The Buckley Awards “recognize outstanding young professionals for their above-and-beyond service to the liberty movement” and honor William F. Buckley Jr.’s enduring legacy. Buckley founded National Review in 1955 and hosted the public affairs television show, “Firing Line,” for 33 years.
“Rob has made a significant impact in spreading the ideas of liberty and free markets across the nation, reaching new and wider audiences through his work at The Heritage Foundation and the founding of its multimedia arm, The Daily Signal,” AFF said in its announcement.
In his remarks, Bluey encouraged conservatives to serve as mentors, coaches, and role models for others. “At key points in my career, I’ve been blessed to have people in my life provide encouragement and support. That’s one of the reasons I applaud the work of organizations like AFF because it helps to fulfill this important role.”
The Daily Signal, founded in 2014, reaches millions of viewers, readers, and listeners with content across multiple digital platforms. Reports from the news organization frequently have an impact in the nation’s capital and across the globe.
Bluey joined Heritage in 2007 after five years as a reporter and editor in Washington, D.C. He previously spent time reporting for Cybercast News Service, where he was among the first journalists to challenge the accuracy of CBS News anchor Dan Rather’s reporting on President George W. Bush’s service in the Texas Air National Guard.
As managing editor and online editor of Human Events, he helped transformed the venerable conservative newspaper into a popular destination for hard-hitting journalism and political analysis.
Bluey's first assignment at Heritage was as liaison to conservative bloggers and host of the Bloggers Briefing, a weekly meeting he co-founded in 2006. Within a year, he was named editor-in-chief of Heritage.org and oversaw creation of the rapid-response policy blog, The Foundry, and its daily e-newsletter, Morning Bell. Those properties eventually became The Daily Signal in 2014.
“As someone who has spent most of my life in journalism and media, it’s an extra special honor to receive an award named after William F. Buckley,” Bluey said.
The awards were presented on Oct. 24 at the Hillsdale College’s Kirby Center in Washington, D.C.
Other 2018 recipients include Independent Women’s Forum’s Ericka Anderson, Bold’s Carrie Sheffield, and the Goldwater Institute’s Christina Sandefeur.
Introducing our 2nd #Buckleys2018 winner @RobertBluey! Rob has made a significant impact in spreading the ideas of liberty & free markets across the nation through his work @Heritage and the founding of the @DailySignal. Learn more about Rob in our Q&A! https://t.co/JgZkjmBrgy— America's Future Fdn (@AFF) October 18, 2018
Previous winners of the Buckley Awards include The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway, Townhall’s Katie Pavlich, and Heritage Foundation’s Ryan T. Anderson and Heather Pfitzenmaier. (See the full list.)