Executive Editor and CEO, Axios

Mike Allen

Mike Allen is a co-founder of Axios, a news and information platform focusing on business, tech, politics and other topics shaping the future.

Mike is responsible for Axios editorial coverage, and writes the flagship daily newsletters, Axios AM and Axios PM.

Mike was a co-founder of Politico, where he created the Playbook franchise and helped build the company for its first decade. He has been named several times to Vanity Fair’s “New Establishment” list.

He is also an alumnus of TIME, The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Richmond Times-Dispatch and The (Fredericksburg, Va.) Free Lance-Star.

Allen is from Orange County, Calif., and graduated from Washington and Lee University.

Jim VandeHei

Jim VandeHei is the co-founder, CEO and Chairman of Axios, a media company focused on breaking news and invaluable insights across business, politics, technology and the world. Axios helps readers and viewers get smarter, faster across the consequential topics reshaping our country and lives. As CEO, VandeHei has steered Axios into becoming one of the most celebrated digital media success stories of the past decade. VandeHei is also an executive producer of the Emmy Award-winning docu-news series, “Axios on HBO.”

Before Axios, VandeHei co-founded and was CEO of Politico, the media company that upended and revolutionized political and policy journalism in Washington, New York, and Europe. Overseeing both the editorial and business teams, VandeHei was the leading strategist behind its highly scalable and successful business model. Prior to this, VandeHei spent more than a decade as a reporter, covering the Presidency and Congress for The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. He was named national Editor of the Year in 2016.

VandeHei is from Oshkosh, Wisconsin. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei’s acceptance speech

From RTDNA/RTDNF Executive Director Dan Shelley

“Jim and Mike co-founded and oversee a news organization that provides valuable information on issues of public importance in an innovative, vibrant, unique way, providing a level of transparency that is notable for its comprehensiveness and clarity.”

From former RTDNF Chair Terence Shepherd

“Jim and Mike started a media company with a goal of delivering journalism that is clear, smart, efficient and trustworthy through its website, newsletters, podcasts and partnership with HBO. The news organization secured an important interview with President Trump.”

About the First Amendment Service Award

This award honors professionals in local or network news who work in an off-air, management, largely behind-the-scenes capacity.

First Amendment Service Award — 2021, Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei

Updated on 2022-03-16T16:01:37+00:00, by firstawards.