Speakers

The Institute's 25th Anniversary Gala dinner includes featured speakers Mark Steyn, Laura Ingraham, Jonah Goldberg, and Sergeant Dakota Meyer.

Jonah Goldberg

Jonah Goldberg is a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. A bestselling author and columnist, Jonah Goldberg's nationally syndicated column appears regularly in scores of newspapers across the United States. He is also a columnist for the Los Angeles Times, a member of the board of contributors to USA Today, a contributor to Fox News, a contributing editor to National Review, and the founding editor of National Review Online. He was named by the Atlantic magazine as one of the top 50 political commentators in America. In 2011 he was named the Robert J. Novak Journalist of the Year at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). He has written on politics, media, and culture for a wide variety of publications and has appeared on numerous television and radio programs. Prior to joining National Review, he was a founding producer for Think Tank with Ben Wattenberg on PBS and wrote and produced several other PBS documentaries. He is the recipient of the prestigious Lowell Thomas Award. He is the author of two New York Times bestsellers, The Tyranny of Clichés (Sentinel HC, 2012) and Liberal Fascism (Doubleday, 2008).  At AEI, Mr. Goldberg writes about political and cultural issues for American.com and the Enterprise Blog.

Laura Ingraham

Laura Ingraham is the most-listened-to female talk radio host in the United States. The Laura Ingraham Show, is ranked in radio’s Top Five, heard in hundreds of markets coast-to-coast, and is the third-most-streamed show in the country.

Laura is the author of numerous New York Times bestsellers including “Of Thee I Zing,” “The Obama Diaries,” “Power to the People and Shut Up & Sing.” She is a one of the most recognizable political and cultural commentators in print and on television, as one of the primary contributors on the Fox News Channel and is the permanent substitute host on The O’Reilly Factor.

In addition, she is a frequent guest on the Today Show and other shows such as ABC’s This Week. Laura is a former white collar defense attorney and Supreme Court law clerk.

Laura resides in Washington, D.C. with her three children Maria, Dmitri and Nikolai. Laura is a passionate advocate both for our troops and for domestic and international adoption.

Sergeant Dakota Meyer

Sgt. Dakota Meyer is a veteran United States Marine and served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Battle of Ganjgal on September 8, 2009, in Afghanistan. Meyer is the youngest living Medal of Honor recipient. Dakota was born and raised in Columbia, Kentucky and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 2006.

A school trained sniper and highly skilled Marine infantryman, Sgt. Meyer deployed twice to combat duty. In 2007, he deployed to Iraq and in 2009-2010 Dakota was deployed to Afghanistan. Sgt. Meyer served as a turret gunner and driver when he deployed to combat duty in Afghanistan. His unit assignment at the time of his heroic acts was with Marine Embedded Training Team 2-8, Regional Corps Advisory Command 3-7 operating in Kunar Province, Afghanistan.

In addition to receiving the Medal of Honor in September of 2011, Sgt. Meyer is a highly decorated Marine combat veteran. His military awards include: Purple Heart Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal.

Sgt. Dakota Meyer completed his active duty in 2010. Dakota now serves in the Marine Corps Reserve. Since returning to civilian life, Dakota continues to tell the stories of the Marines with whom he served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Mark Steyn

Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist, and a leading Canadian human rights activist. That’s to say, his latest book, “After America” (2011), is a Top Five bestseller in the United States and a Number One bestseller in Canada; and “A Marshmallow World,” his Christmas single with Jessica Martin reached Number Seven on Amazon’s easy listening bestsellers, and Number 41 on their main pop chart. His human rights campaign to restore free speech to Canada led to the repeal by Parliament of the notorious “Section 13” law, a battle he recounts in his book “Lights Out: Islam, Free Speech And The Twilight Of The West.”

Mark is also a visiting fellow of Hillsdale College; and a popular guest host of America’s Number One radio show The Rush Limbaugh Program, and America’s Number Two cable show Hannity. In addition, his writing on politics, arts and culture can be read each week throughout much of the English-speaking world.

In the United States, he serves as National Review’s Happy Warrior. In Canada, he is a contributing editor to Maclean’s, the Dominion’s oldest and biggest-selling news weekly. Mark also chips in at The Corner, writes a syndicated column, and appears each week on The Hugh Hewitt Radio Show.

Mark’s other books include “America Alone: The End Of The World As We Know It,” a New York Times bestseller in the United States and a Number One bestseller in Canada; plus “A Song For The Season.” “Mark Steyn’s Passing Parade,” “Mark Steyn From Head To Toe” and “The Face Of The Tiger.”