The Fund for American Studies Presents John Locke Foundation’s Kari Travis with Outstanding Alumni Award

August 1, 2019

Kari Travis, Associate Editor at Carolina Journal (a publication of the John Locke Foundation), was recently recognized at The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. Travis received the TFAS Young Alumnus Award along with Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Legislative Affairs Mary Elizabeth Taylor.

Travis was nominated for the award by the TFAS Alumni Council for showing outstanding promise in her professional work and embodying the values of TFAS. In 2018, Travis was named a TFAS Robert Novak Journalism Fellow and worked for a year on special reporting covering human trafficking.

The John William Pope Foundation has been a longtime donor to the John Locke Foundation, and the late John William Pope was instrumental in its founding. The news release from TFAS can be read below.

TFAS to Present Three Outstanding Alumni with Awards at Annual Conference

JUNE 13, 2019

The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) will honor three of its most outstanding alumni with awards at the 2019 TFAS Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., on June 27-29. Mary Elizabeth Taylor ’10, PPF ’12, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Legislative Affairs, and Kari Travis ’12, Novak ’18, Associate Editor at Carolina Journal, will each be presented with TFAS Young Alumnus AwardsJeremy Harrell ’07, PPF ’10, Managing Director of Policy for ClearPath, will be recognized as the Kevin Burket Alumni Service Award recipient.

The TFAS alumni awards were formed in 2003 to recognize the distinguished accomplishments of our alumni and commend their dedication and service to TFAS and the world.

“The success of TFAS is best shown through the incredible achievements of our 42,000 alumni,” said TFAS Vice President of Alumni Affairs Michelle Le ’95, ’96. “This year’s recipients are living embodiments of the values and ideals that TFAS programs teach, and proof that TFAS is truly a journey that continues to work with and impact our leaders throughout their professional careers.”

The TFAS Alumni Award recipients were nominated by their distinguished class of TFAS peers and selected by the alumni awards committee of the TFAS Alumni Council. To attend the Alumni Awards presentation at our 2019 TFAS Annual Conference, please visit and register online.


Kari Travis is an Associate Editor and award-winning reporter for the Carolina Journal, a North Carolina politics magazine based in Raleigh. The N.C. Press Association has recognized Travis for the past two years, including a first-place award in Election/Political Reporting for a story about juvenile justice reforms in the General Assembly, second place for Investigative Reporting for an article about problems in the North Carolina prison system, and third place awards in the Beat News Reporting and Enterprising Reporting categories.

Last year, Travis was selected as a TFAS Robert Novak Journalism Fellow to produce a yearlong writing project on her chosen topic, “Not for Sale: Liberty, Responsibility and the Role of Conservatism in the Fight Against Human Trafficking.” Travis first came to TFAS as a student in the D.C. Summer Programs tack on Journalism + Communications. She returned to TFAS two summers later to serve as a TFAS program advisor and has participated in three TFAS Curriculum of Liberty Seminars for continuing education.

Travis has completed studies in journalism, economics and Western political philosophy at Georgetown University and George Mason University, and is the recipient of several print and digital media awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, including two national Mark of Excellence Awards.

The Young Alumnus Award is given to an alumnus/a who is 30 years of age or younger and has shown great promise in his or her professional field and embodies the values, ideals and potential of an alumnus/a of TFAS programs. Learn more about the award at