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Port Authority prepares memorial plaza for 9/11 anniversary

July 27, 2011 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver | HeatherForsgrenWeaver@gmail.com

Ten years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is preparing to open the 9/11 memorial plaza at Ground Zero, said Chris Ward, executive director of the Port Authority, at a Newsmakers event at the National Press Club July 26.

President Barack Obama will join New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at the 10th anniversary event opening the plaza, which contains trees, reflecting pools and waterfalls in the footprint of the two towers. It also displays the names of those who died.

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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to address Oct. 13 luncheon

July 20, 2011 | By Sylvia A. Smith | SSmith@aarp.org

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will discuss distracted driving and other transportation issues at a National Press Club luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 13.

Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. The speech beginning at 1 p.m. and end at 2 p.m.

Tickets cost $18 for Club members, $29 for guests of members, and $36 for general admission. To reserve tickets, please e-mail reservations@press.org or call 202-662-7501. Tickets must be paid for at time of reservation.

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Broadcast news legend, author Tom Brokaw to address Nov. 3 luncheon

July 20, 2011 | By Alicia Mundy | Alicia.Mundy@wsj.com

Former NBC anchor Tom Brokaw, author of the blockbuster “The Greatest Generation,” will discuss his new book at a National Press Club luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 3.

Brokaw will talk about “The Time of Our Lives: Past, Present, Promise,” a broad view of how American life has changed since the Great Depression and how to foster America's future.

Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. with the speech beginning at 1 p.m. and ending at 2 p.m.

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Security concerns, legal-system weaknesses confront U.S. business in Iraq

July 18, 2011 | By Tejinder Singh | tejindersinghdc@gmail.com

Abundant opportunities in post-war Iraq are being missed by American companies because of security concerns, according to experts who addressed a Club Newsmaker event on July 13.

Susan Hamrock-Mann, director of the Iraq Reconstruction Task Force at the Dept. of Commerce, said that investing in Iraq is "not for the weak of heart" and that the “market is extremely challenging.”

Hamrock-Mann said that the nascent Iraqi government is “not accustomed to world class procurements,” while there is an “underdeveloped legal system.”

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Presidential candidate Gov. Gary Johnson to address luncheon, August 19

July 15, 2011 | By Rachel Ray | rachel.ray@telegraph-usa.com

Gary Johnson, a 2012 Republican presidential candidate, will speak at a National Press Club luncheon on Friday, August 19. Johnson, who served two terms as governor of New Mexico, says he has a record of staying out of the way to allow the private sector to create jobs. During his governorship, New Mexico experienced 11.6% job growth. Johnson also is known for his controversial support for legalizing marijuana.

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Washington Post, Seattle Times, Wall St. Journal, PBS among 2011 National Press Club Award winners

July 11, 2011 | By Will Lester | wjlester@aol.com

The Washington Post won two first-place awards, while The Seattle Times, The Salt Lake Tribune, McClatchy Newspapers and The Wall Street Journal won one apiece in the annual National Press Club journalism awards competition.

PBS was among the broadcast winners. MSNBC.com and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting won for their online journalism and outstanding multimedia reporting.

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MacNeil to toast, roast Lehrer at Fourth Estate dinner, Oct. 28

July 11, 2011 | By Pat McMurray | pmcmurray@quinngillespie.com

Longtime PBS NewsHour anchor Jim Lehrer will be “roasted” by Robert MacNeil, his former colleague and co-anchor, at the National Press Club Fourth Estate award dinner honoring Lehrer on Oct. 28.

MacNeil sat behind the anchor’s desk with Lehrer at the original NewsHour program, named the “MacNeil/Lehrer Report,” starting in 1976. It became the NewsHour when it was expanded to an hour in 1983.

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Social media classes offered July 7, 8; August 17, 18

July 6, 2011 | By Beth Shankle | bshankle@press.org

Classes on social media will be offered Thursday, July 7, Friday, July 8, Wednesday, August 17, and Thursday, August 18. Each class is one hour and 15 minutes.

Sign up for as many as fit your schedule. The fee is $25 per class for National Press Club members and $50 per class for non-members. The classes will be held in the 13th floor Bloomberg Center for Electronic Journalism next to the library.

July 7 and August 17:

9:30 to 10:45 a.m. - Social Media Tools

11 a.m. to 12:15p.m. - Advanced Google Search Techniques

1:30 to 2:45 p.m. - Twittering Away

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Nuclear Regulatory Commission chairman to discuss lessons of Japanese disaster, July 18 luncheon

June 28, 2011 | By Rod Kuckro | Rod_Kuckro@platts.com

Gregory Jaczko, chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, will address a National Press Club luncheon on Monday, July 18.

Jaczko will talk about lessons learned by the nuclear power industry in the aftermath of Japan’s March 11 Fukushima nuclear disaster, which stands as the most serious nuclear accident since the Chernobyl meltdown in 1986. The NRC is scheduled to meet on July 19 to consider a report on the Fukushima disaster and how it pertains to the U.S. nuclear industry.

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Executive director of National Gay and Lesbian Task Force to address equality issues, 10 am June 28

June 27, 2011 | By Anthony E. Gallo | agallo2368@verizon.net

Rea Carey, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, will talk about efforts to pass the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act and other legislation to advance equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people at a National Press Club Newsmaker at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 28, in the Lisagor Room.

Carey will discuss how the task force is working with allies and across movements to achieve equality.

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