National Press Club

Former USS Cole Commander Lippold Speaks About Al Qaeda Attack July 10

June 3, 2012 | By Donna Leinwand Leger |

USS Cole Commander Kirk Lippold, a decorated former commanding officer of the USS Cole, is scheduled to speak on Tuesday, July 10, about the harrowing details of the deadly Al Qaeda bomb attack on his ship in the port of Aden, Yemen, in 2000.

Lippold is the author of "Front Burner: Al Qaeda's attack on the USS Cole," a first-person narrative of the Oct. 12, 2000, attack. It was the deadliest terrorist attack on an American warship in history.

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Lithuanian journalist, threatened with imprisonment, to appear at Newsmaker

May 31, 2012 | By Ron Baygents |

Lithuanian journalist, politician and diplomat Algirdas Paleckis is scheduled to appear at an NPC Newsmaker event at noon Thursday, June 7 in the Bloomberg Room.
He is threatened by the state prosecutor in Lithuania with one year in prison for revealing what Paleckis says are “inconvenient facts for the ultra-right Lithuanian government" concerning violent actions in his country in 1991. Paleckis won in the first court, but the appeal session of the court is scheduled for June 12 in Vilnius.

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Panel to discuss former Liberian President Taylor's conviction, 50-year prison sentence

May 30, 2012 | By Myron Belkind |

The global impact of the conviction of former Liberian president Charles
Taylor of war crimes -- and his 50-year prison sentence -- will be discussed
by a panel of experts from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, in the Holeman

The panel discussion, organized by the International Correspondents
Committee, follows the May 30 sentencing of Taylor for aiding and abetting
war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by rebel forces during
Sierra Leone¹s decade-long civil war.

Taylor was found guilty on April 26 by the Special Court for Sierra Leone at

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Tweet your way to breaking news

May 24, 2012 | By Nicole Hoffman |

Too many journalists view Twitter as a place where people write about what they ate for lunch or the latest sports scores. Twitter has become a valuable tool for reporters, both for reporting on breaking news events and for creating an online community.

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Jerusalem Post editor and blogger to headline next "Get It Online'' lunch

May 23, 2012 | By Anthony Shop |

Niv Elis of the Jerusalem Post will be next guest for the Events Committee's “Get it Online” lunch discussion on Tuesday, June 19, from 12 p.m.-1:15 p.m. in the McClendon Room.

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Club to host workshop on social strategies

May 23, 2012 | By Martha Lockwood |

The Communications and Marketing Committee is holding a breakfast workshop, "Driving Your Social Strategy," at 8 a.m. on Thursday, May 31, in the Fourth Estate Restaurant.

Speakers will be club members Anthony Shop and Thomas Sanchez, co-founders of Social Driver, the award-winning digital agency that builds social, mobile and web experiences that empower audiences and connect communities.

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Club to co-sponsor mixer with minority journalism organizations

May 23, 2012 | By Sarahanne Driggs |

In advance of the quadrennial UNITY gathering in Las Vegas, the National Press Club is co-hosting an ``mega-mixer'' with several Washington journalism groups. Bring your business cards and get ready to network.

Enjoy free hors d’oeuvres and a cocktail or two at the cash bar. The Pre-UNITY Mega-Mixer is scheduled to run from 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26, at the club. The price is $% for club members and $10 for guests. The discount code is ``unity.''

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At Book Rap, Timothy Gay Talks About How WWII Made Stars Out of Journalists

May 23, 2012 | By Jeffery King |

Walter Cronkite, Andy Rooney, A. J. Liebling, Homer Bigart and Hal Boyle are legends today, but when they were first assigned to cover World War II, they were little-known reporters who knew no foreign languages and little about world affairs.

So says Timothy Gay, author of ``Assignment to Hell: The War against Nazi Germany with Correspondents Walter Cronkite, Andy Rooney, A. J. Liebling, Homer Bigart and Hal Boyle.''

Gay, joined by Cronkite's son, Chip, spoke at a Book Rap Tuesday.

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Have your picture taken with America's first Girl Scout

May 23, 2012 | By Marilyn Geewax |

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts of the USA, the very first Girl Scout, Juliette Gordon Low, will make an appearance at the Club.

Madame Tussaud¹s wax statute of Gordon Low will accompany the Scouts' chief executive officer, Anna Maria Chavez, at the May 30 luncheon.

Gordon Low's statue will spend the afternoon in the Club’s ballroom. Luncheon attendees will have an opportunity to pose beside the replica of the woman who founded what is now the world’s largest organization for girls.

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Development bank official says inequality, governance challenges could derail Asian growth

May 22, 2012 | By Lorna Aldrich |

Rising inequality and the absence of good governance are the main challenges to Asian growth and could eventually derail it, Rajat M. Nag, managing director general of the Asian Development Bank, told a May 22 Newsmaker.

Two more immediate hurdles lie in the Euro crisis and oil prices, he said.

Nag said the current picture is basically positive with "robust growth rates." The ADB is forecasting Asian economic growth of 6.9 percent this year, down from 7.2 percent last year, but expected to reach 7.3 percent in 2013.

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