National Press Club

New PBS series 'Soundbreaking,' previewed at Club, tells overlooked history of recorded music

November 10, 2016 | By Shelby Ostergaard | shelbyostergaard@gmail.com

The evolution of recording technology is one of the most important stories of the 20th Century that remains untold, speakers at a preview of the upcoming PBS television series, “Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Music,” said at a National Press Club Newsmaker event Nov. 9.

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VFW commander urges military budget reforms, end of sequestration

November 10, 2016 | By Ken Dalecki | kdalecki@hotmail.com

Brian Duffy, national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), called on the incoming president and Congress to end the use of sequestration, a spending cap procedure that he said is "destroying our military," at a National Press Club Newsmaker event Nov. 10.

The head of the nation's oldest veterans' organization also called for greater stability in leadership at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

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Immunotherapy could cure cancer within 10 years, physicians tell Newsmaker

November 1, 2016 | By Shelby Ostergaard | shelbyostergaard@gmail.com

Gary Gilliand and David Maloney, physicians at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, used a National Press Club Newsmaker event Nov. 1 to announce the opening of a Seattle immunotherapy clinic that will expand the number of patients in clinical trials of the treatment, which they think could cure cancer within the next decade.

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Silicon Valley's Peter Thiel defends funding lawsuit against Gawker, support of Trump

October 31, 2016 | By Angela Greiling Keane | agreilingkeane@gmail.com

Venture capitalist and entrepreneur Peter Thiel told a packed National Press Club audience Oct. 31 that his only regret about funding a lawsuit against Gawker Media is that he wasn’t more transparent about being the person with the deep pockets financing the suit.

Thiel's comments about the highly publicized suit, which led to the website's bankruptcy, came at a Speakers newsmaker event where he also defended his controversial support for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. That position has garnered criticism from Thiel’s Silicon Valley counterparts.

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

October 23, 2016 | By Wesley G. Pippert | pippertw@missouri.edu

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 | llipman@aarp.org

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 | glflanders@gmail.com

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 | gilbert.klein@me.com

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 | gilbert.klein@yahoo.com

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 | juliaannehaskins@gmail.com

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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