And the 2014 Andrew Breitbart Awards winners are…


Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

The Franklin Center and the Heritage Foundation are proud to announce the winners of our third annual Andrew Breitbart Awards! Winners were selected in three categories:

Citizen journalism – Mark Newgent

Citizen journalist Mark Newgent is the editor of Watchdog Wire – Maryland, and a contributing editor to Red Maryland, the premiere blog of conservative politics in the Free State. Red Maryland has been voted one of the best state political blogs by the Washington Post two years in a row. Mark hosts The Broadside radio program, heard live on the Red Maryland Network every Monday at 8pm. His writing has appeared in the Baltimore Sun, Washington Examiner, National Review Online, and more.

Blogging – Jon Fleischman

Jon Fleischman is the founder and publisher of, which was formerly the FlashReport e-mail newsletter on California Politics. The primary mission of the website is to advance the conservative cause in the Golden State.

Professionally, Jon is the President of the Fleischman Consulting Group, a consulting firm which specializes in governmental, public and political affairs at the local, state, and national levels. Jon resides in the beautiful city of Irvine, California, and has enjoyed a long profession in the field of politics throughout California serving as a volunteer as well as a paid professional. His civic involvement in Irvine has included stints on the city’s Planning, Transportation and Community Services Commissions.

Professional journalism – Charlie Hurt

Charles Hurt is political columnist for The Washington Times. Prior to joining The Times, he was The New York Post’s D.C. Bureau Chief and news columnist covering the White House for five years. While at The Post, he covered the presidential campaigns of Hillary Rodham Clinton, Rudy Giuliani and Barack Obama. He traveled extensively with the campaigns during the long 2008 Democratic Primary, the general election and covered both Democratic and Republican conventions.

A native of Chatham, Va., Hurt began newspapering with short stints during college at the Danville Register & Bee, the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. His first full-time job was on the city desk of the Detroit News, covering the city’s collapsing public school system, corrupt city politics and dysfunctional fire department.

Since 2001, he has covered national politics from Washington. Before joining the Post, Hurt followed the 2004 presidential campaign and covered congress for the Washington Times.

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