From Intern to Airwaves: D.C. Radio Host Honored With Heritage Foundation Award


From Intern to Airwaves: D.C. Radio Host Honored With Heritage Foundation Award

Dec 11, 2020

Vince Coglianese, right, interviews President Donald Trump in the Oval Office on Jan. 30, 2019. He was joined by Saagar Enjeti. Photo: White House

Former Heritage Foundation intern Vince Coglianese was recently awarded the 2020 Robin and Jocelyn Martin Distinguished Intern Alumni Award. 

This award recognizes former Heritage interns who have gone on to successful careers in government, academia, public policy, or the private sector. Coglianese, an alumnus of the Heritage Young Leaders Program class of 2010, currently works as editorial director at the Daily Caller and host of the popular WMAL radio show “Mornings on the Mall” based in Washington, D.C. 

“I am so grateful for The Heritage Foundation and the role that it’s played in my life,” Coglianese said during his acceptance speech at Heritage’s annual President’s Club Meeting. “A decade ago when I arrived in Washington, I looked to The Heritage Foundation to get my bearings.” 


“I think [this award] is a real testament to what Heritage cares about. It’s not just about the people that are there now, but the people that move on … and how they help carry on the ideals that Heritage instills in the people that pass through its halls.” 

Past recipients of the Robin and Jocelyn Martin Distinguished Intern Alumni Award include Sen. Tom Cotton, Susan B. Anthony List founder Marjorie Dannenfelser, and Charles Mitchell, president and CEO of the Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Alternatives, a free-market think tank in Pennsylvania. 

“Through our first principles lectures, policy briefings, skill development seminars, and a mentorship program we allow interns the opportunity to experience how Heritage leads the conservative movement,” said Helena Richardson, director of the Young Leaders Program. “We are training and equipping the next generation of conservative leaders to lead, and Vince is great example of it in action.” 

For more than 40 years, Heritage’s Young Leaders Program has attracted hundreds of young people across the nation seeking an alternative to the liberal indoctrination imposed by colleges and universities. Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, Heritage has maintained and augmented its internship programs and is currently offering modified remote opportunities.  
Learn more about Heritage’s Young Leaders Program. In 2020, Heritage also launched a new initiative called The Academy, an online program for rising leaders.