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‘Champion Of Freedom’ Mollie Hemingway Accepts Bradley Prize

Mollie Hemingway

Hemingway’s outstanding achievements ‘reflect The Bradley Foundation’s mission to restore, strengthen, and protect the principles and institutions of American exceptionalism.’


Federalist Senior Editor Mollie Hemingway accepted the 2021 Bradley Prize for her extraordinary talent and dedication to American exceptionalism on Sept. 13 at the 17th annual event.

Hemingway’s outstanding achievements “reflect The Bradley Foundation’s mission to restore, strengthen, and protect the principles and institutions of American exceptionalism,” the organization said in a statement. Alongside author Amity Shlaes and President of the Fund for American Studies Roger Ream, Hemingway was selected by the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in August to be a 2021 Bradley Prize winner.

As the co-author of the national best-seller “Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court,” author of “Rigged: How the Media, Big Tech, and the Democrats Seized our Elections” (which hits bookshelves Oct. 12th), senior journalism fellow at Hillsdale College, and Fox News Contributor, Hemingway provides “significant contributions to the dialogue on the hallmark issues of our time,” said Rick Graber, president and CEO of the Milwaukee-based foundation.

Hillsdale College President Larry P. Arnn applauded Hemingway, who joined the Hillsdale faculty in 2019, for her groundbreaking work in journalism and stellar performance at the liberal arts college.

“The last five years have seen a disastrous decline in the quality of American journalism. Against this dangerous tide, Mollie Hemingway has sought and found the truth relentlessly and skillfully,” Arnn, a 2015 Bradley Prize recipient, said. “Her writing is bold, clear, precise, and compelling. If our freedom is to be saved, as it shall be, it will be from efforts like hers. Congratulations to her on this badge of well-deserved honor.”

Hemingway and her husband Mark taught were Eugene C. Pulliam distinguished visiting fellows in journalism at Hillsdale in spring 2016, where they taught a one-credit journalism course. Director of Hillsdale’s Dow Journalism Program John J. Miller has known Hemingway for more than a decade. Miller first met the journalist when she was Mollie Ziegler, a writer for the Federal Times.

“We met at the house of the late Kate O’Beirne, who was the Washington bureau chief of National Review, where I worked,” Miller said. “We talked about baseball, so I knew she was smart, even though she’s a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals. Since then, it’s been great to watch her success as a journalist.”

Hemingway’s work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, the Guardian, the Washington Post, CNN, National Review, GetReligion, Ricochet, Christianity Today, Federal Times, and Radio & Records, among others. 

“She has become a wise and influential voice in our politics, through her work at The Federalist, her television appearances, and now her books. She’s also a great asset to Hillsdale College,” Miller said. “Students love her courses through Hillsdale in Washington, D.C. and look forward to her visits to campus.”

Hemingway has taught many journalism courses at Hillsdale College’s Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C. Now-graduate Madeline Peltzer took Hemingway’s investigative journalism course almost two years ago, and said her professor’s humility and knowledge were immeasurably helpful.

“What struck me most about Mrs. Hemingway was not just her professionalism and expertise, but also how personable and down-to-earth she is. Even when we were forced to move classes to Zoom because of the pandemic, she still took time to check in and get to know us as individuals,” Peltzer said. “I’ve kept in contact with her and called her for career advice on several occasions. She’s always been very willing to help and is both tactful and candid — a rare combination.”

Amid Hemingway’s achievements as an author, journalist, Fox News contributor, and now Bradley Prize recipient, Peltzer said, “she’s remained grounded in her faith and family, and I really admire that.”