Neil Patel serves as the chairman of the Daily Caller News Foundation. Patel was Chief Policy Advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney from 2001–2009. In his role as an advisor to Cheney, Patel represented the vice president at White House economic and domestic policy meetings, interacted with the business community on behalf of the vice president, and managed the vice president’s policy staff. After leaving the vice president’s office, Patel co-founded The Daily Caller, a web-based news company focusing on politics, policy, and current events. Years later, Patel founded our organization dedicated toward journalism education and integrity.

Adele Malpass  is our President. She has a strong background in journalism as a manager, writer, producer, booker and on-air reporter. She’s worked and contributed to numerous media organizations including CNBC, RealClearPolitics, PBS, SiriusXM and the New York Post. Until 2017, Adele was the Chair of the Manhattan Republican Party where she was voted by City & State as one of the 50 most influential leaders in Manhattan, received the Women in Leadership award by the Women’s National Republican Club, and the Service to the Nation award from the New York City Veterans Club. Adele resides in Washington, D.C.

Michael Bastasch is our editor-in-chief. He initially came on board over a decade ago as one of the very first fellows we ever hired. He was such a talent, we ended up hiring him after the program completed. He stayed with us for many years, and developed significant acumen and expertise in the energy beat. A lot of people took notice, including Fox News, which pried Michael from us in 2019 to work with Laura Ingraham, host of “The Ingraham Angle.” Michael returned to us in 2022 and he’s already made a huge difference by adding new classes to our already robust journalism training program, beefing up our Investigative Group, adding policy beats and raising the bar for new reporting fellows.  He lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and three kids.

Carter DeWitt is our chief development officer. No stranger to the national nonprofit scene, Carter brings over 30 years of combined experience in fundraising, public relations, communications, marketing, and business management at the national, state and local levels. Carter oversees all aspects of donor development, including foundation, corporate and individual support.