National Press Club

Cosgrove eulogized as 'bridge between founders, future' of National Press Club

October 23, 2016 | By Wesley G. Pippert |

With the blessing of his faith and the tribute of his country, John Patrick Cosgrove, the beloved oldest surviving president of the National Press Club and the president who gave President John F. Kennedy his Club membership, was given fond and final farewell Friday.

The funeral mass was held in the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, the same sanctuary where Kennedy's funeral was held in 1963. Two years earlier, the two young presidents, both in their 40s, had taken part in the membership ceremony.

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Raasch's Civil War book illuminates heroism, rise of war correspondent

October 23, 2016 | By Larry Lipman |

The first day of the Battle of Gettysburg was still raging when New York Times correspondent Sam Wilkeson arrived to learn that his oldest son, Lt. Bayard Wilkeson, had been seriously wounded. Suddenly, Wilkeson’s mission was changed: to find his son while covering the horror and confusion of what would become the Civil War’s pivotal battle.

This is the centerpiece story of "Imperfect Union: A father’s search for his son in the aftermath of the Battle of Gettysburg" by St. Louis Post-Dispatch Washington correspondent Chuck Raasch.

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Education Secretary King promotes broader civics education

October 19, 2016 | By Gwen Flanders |

Education Secretary John B. King promoted an expansive view of civics education at an Oct. 19 National Press Club luncheon.

Speaking as a contentious presidential campaign nears its end, King said voting is “the cornerstone of freedom” but only one responsibility of citizenship.

Preparing students for the world beyond high school, he said, also means helping them understand how government works and getting them involved in solving local and national problems, including “homelessness, air and water pollution or the tensions between police and communities of color.”

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Remembering President Cosgrove, NPC's elder statesman

October 18, 2016 | By Gil Klein and Matt Schudel |

John Patrick Cosgrove, the grand old man of the National Press Club, died Oct. 14 at the age of 98, just 10 days after he recounted some of his favorite stories during a ceremony when the Club named the new members’ lounge after him.

A great raconteur and friend to hundreds – if not thousands -- of members since he joined in 1948, Cosgrove was an adviser to generations of Club presidents who sought his expertise and deep knowledge of Club history.

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Library of Congress makes available past NPC luncheon recordings

October 18, 2016 | By Gil Klein |

Beginning today, recordings of some of the most historic National Press Club luncheons will become available to the public in a new Library of Congress web presentation called, "Food for Thought: Presidents, Prime Ministers, and other National Press Club luncheon speakers, 1954-1989."

The Club donated about 2,000 audio recordings of luncheon speakers to the Library as a way to make sure they would be preserved. Since 1989, the Club developed a professional archive that maintains all of the more recent recordings, both audio and video.

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Abdul-Jabbar calls for meaningful discussions to ease racial tensions

October 17, 2016 | By Julia Haskins |

At a moment of heightened racial tensions, people from different backgrounds must come together to engage in meaningful discussions that drive progress, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar said at a National Press Club luncheon Oct.17.

Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA's all-time leading scorer, said his latest book, “Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White,” comes at an opportune time, as people are ready to have much-needed conversations about race.

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Farewell, Mr. Cosgrove

October 16, 2016 | By Thomas Burr |

It is with a heavy heart that I report our friend and longtime National Press Club member John Cosgrove has passed away. He was 98 years old.

Mr. Cosgrove, who served as president of the Club in 1961, was surrounded by family in his home when he passed Saturday morning.

Club member Matt Schudel wrote Mr. Cosgrove's obituary in the Washington Post.

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Panel sees less transparent White House after election under either outcome

October 13, 2016 | By Julia Haskins |

While it’s unlikely that the next president will have the power to greatly undermine First Amendment protections, the media climate will hardly be transparent under the new administration, according to a group of journalists and lawyers who spoke at a Press Club Journalism Institute event Oct.12

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Navy Secretary Ray Mabus details progress with people, energy and shipbuilding in Obama era

October 13, 2016 | By Jesse Rifkin |

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus told an Oct. 12 National Press Club Luncheon audience that the U.S Navy and Marine Corps have made great strides developing people, energy and shipbuilding during the Obama administration.

Mabus said he helped lead the transition in allowing women to serve in combat roles starting in January, repealing 1993’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy, which prevented gays from openly serving in the military and returning ROTC programs to many colleges which hadn’t had it on campus for decades, including Harvard, Yale, and Princeton.

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WTO head calls trade 'pro-growth, anti-poverty' tool

October 10, 2016 | By Wesley G. Pippert |

The top official for the World Trade Organization argued at a National Press Club Luncheon Oct. 7 for freer trade but acknowledged that achieving it was having "a hard time."

"I'm here to make the case for trade," Roberto Azevedo, WTO secretary-general, said in prepared remarks. And during the questioning period, "This discussion needs to be clarified. It's easy to blame trade" for such things as job loss, he said.

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