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This Week in National Press Club History

September 16, 2014 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein | eksmithb@verizon.net

Sept. 16, 1959: Soviet Premier Nikita Krushchev begins his tour of the United States at a Club luncheon, refusing to speak until women journalists are admitted to the ballroom to cover his appearance. He speaks about ending the Cold War, nuclear disarmament and a divided Germany. When asked about his famous comment, “We will bury you,” he replies, “My life would be too short to bury every one of you if this should occur to me.” He returns to the Club after his coast-to-coast tour for a press conference.

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Big 12 Conference commissioner to speak at Club Oct. 21

September 16, 2014 | By Bob Carden | bob@carden.com

Bob Bowlsby, the commissioner of the Big 12 Conference, whose comments about cheating in college sports touched off a nationwide debate, will address that and other issues at a Club Luncheon on Tuesday, Oct. 21.

Bowlsby criticized the NCAA in July, saying “cheating pays” in college sports. He has been a key figure in college sports for years and helped develop the college football playoff system.

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Sept. 23 program offers tips to help make Facebook work for you

September 15, 2014 | By Donna Leinwand Leger | dleinwand@usatoday.com

Learn how to use Facebook to bolster your reporting and your brand with Don Seymour, Facebook’s politics and government outreach manager, at a class on Tuesday, Sept. 23.

This hour-long class begins at 10 a.m. and includes an overview of Facebook and the resources it offers to journalists. Seymour will cover how to create an effective public page, and will review best practices, including how to break news and engage with your audience.

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Wife of Chinese rights lawyer calls on U.S. to help husband

September 15, 2014 | By Matthew Robertson | mprob7@gmail.com

The wife of a well-known Chinese human rights lawyer asked President Barack Obama to work to bring her husband, Gao Zhisheng, to the U.S. to reunite with his family and receive needed medical treatment.

Geng He, Gao’s wife, and her lawyer, Jared Genser, began several days of meetings in Washington with an address to the Club Sept. 8.

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Club's podcasts this month to include Fourth Estate Award dinner

September 10, 2014 | By Mike Hempen | mhempen204@comcast.net

Update-1, the Club’s new podcast, will cover the Fourth Estate Award, the Ken Burns luncheon, human evolution, and politics in its next four shows.

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Fourth Estate Award winner Marvin Kalb begins "Legends of Broadcast News" series

September 10, 2014 | By Bill McCloskey | bmcclos325@aol.com

Former television journalist Marvin Kalb, winner of the Club's prestigious Fourth Estate Award in 2006, will be the first guest at the Broadcast Committee's planned series of dinners featuring legends of broadcast news.

He hosts the Kalb Report, which is co-sponsored by the Club.

At the dinner, Kalb will discuss the current crisis in the Ukraine in the Winners Room of the Fourth Estate Restaurant on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m.

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Certified Angus Beef and Duckhorn wine featured at Oct. 29 dinner

September 10, 2014 | By Donna Leinwand Leger | dleinwand@usatoday.com

Enjoy amazing wines and top flight Certified Angus Beef at a multi-course dinner Oct. 29 at the Fourth Estate restaurant at the National Press Club.

The Second Annual Certified Angus Beef dinner pairs a variety of beef and seafood dishes with Duckhorn Vineyard’s Napa Valley wines. Certified Angus Beef specialists and a Maryland rancher will be on hand to walk you through the courses along with a Duckhorn representative to explain the perfect pairings.

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This Week in National Press Club History

September 9, 2014 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein | eksmithb@verizon.net

Sept. 10, 2013: Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, tells a Club luncheon that “a virus anywhere is just a plane ride away.” In July 2014, Frieden returns to the Club to address major concerns about the spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa.

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Wife of tortured Chinese human rights lawyer to plead for his release at Tuesday Newsmaker

September 4, 2014 | By Herb Perone | herb@peronecomm.com

The wife of renowned Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng will make a pubic appeal for her husband’s release to the United States at a National Press Club Newsmaker news conference on Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 10 a.m. in the Zenger Room.

He was released from prison on Aug. 7 and his now staying with his wife’s sister in Xinjiang, under house arrest. He is being denied access to medical care.

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Marvin Kalb to discuss Vietnam War impact at anniversary observance Nov. 20

September 3, 2014 | By Thomas Young | tyoungmail@aol.com.

Longtime CBS and NBC journalist Marvin Kalb will discuss at the National Press Club on Thursday, Nov. 20, the ways in which the Vietnam War has impacted presidential decision-making in the years since its end.

The event will be part of the nation's official commemoration of the 50th anniversary of major events in the Vietnam War. Kalb is the author of two books on the subject, "The Road to War: Presidential Commitments Honored," and "Betrayed and Haunting Legacy: Vietnam and the American Presidency from Ford to Obama."

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