This year's recipient, M. Stanton Evans, will be presented with the award at the MRC's "Tell the Truth!" 2010 Tour event at the Mayflower Hotel held today in Washington, DC.
"Stan Evans' list of contributions to the conservative movement is nearly impossible to measure," said Brent Bozell, presenter of the award and president and founder of the Media Research Center. "It is champions like him that keep the conservative movement going. His unwavering dedication to simple, common sense principles and truths have led him to found some of our movement's leading organizations. His writing and wit capture an audience that benefits from his no-nonsense approach to politics."
"This is our fourth William F. Buckley Jr. Award and I am so pleased to award it to Stan Evans, one of our nation's true heroes."
Mr. Evans is being given the award as recognition of his outstanding leadership in the conservative movement, and defending and advancing conservative principles through the media. His list of accomplishments and contributions include his integral role in the founding of the Young Americans for Freedom and the signing of the Sharon Statement in Sharon, CT in 1960. He also worked as associate editor at National Review from 1960-1973 with William F. Buckley Jr., and then went on to be an editor at Human Events. At age 26 he was the youngest editor of a metropolitan daily in the nation at the Indianapolis News. He founded the Education and Research Institute in 1974 to advance greater awareness and understanding of America's traditional values and in 1977 founded the National Journalism Center. He has written eight books over the course of his career and continues to provide leadership and insight to the conservative movement.
As the intellectual cornerstone of the modern conservative movement, Mr. Buckley founded National Review  magazine in 1955. Over the course of the following decades he helped spread the cause, rallied conservatives during the Cold War, was instrumental in helping Ronald Reagan win the presidency - twice - and continues to provide the intellectual ammunition, along with grace and wit, to strengthen conservatives in the on-going battles to preserve liberty, peace and justice in America.
Previous recipients of the William F. Buckley Jr. Award for Media Excellence include Rush Limbaugh , the late Tony Snow , and Brit Hume .