National Press Club


December 23, 2009 | By Donna Leinwand, President, National Press Club

Luncheon Rescheduled; Take a Photo and Enter the Contest

he Club is closed for all activities today, Monday, Dec. 21.

It is the National Press Club's policy to close when the U.S. government closes. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management ( ) announced at 4:35 p.m. Sunday that the federal government is closed on Monday due to the snowstorm. The Club will reschedule its speakers luncheon featuring NIH director Francis Collins. The Board of Governors will meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

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NPC Condemns Terrorist Attack on Peshawar's Press Club

December 23, 2009 | By Sylvia Smith

A suicide bomber on Dec. 22 detonated explosives at the gates of the Peshawar Press Club, killing a guard, the Club's accountant and a bystander and wounding at least 20 others. The Club in the northwest Paskistan city had received a series of threats in the month leading up to the suicide attack.

"The targeting of journalists who strive merely to report the truth to the public is unacceptable," National Press Club President Donna Leinwand said.

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Please Welcome 33 New Club Members

December 23, 2009 | By Myron Belkind, Club Secretary |

The Board of Governors approved 33 membership applications Dec. 22, bringing the total so far this year to 418, compared to 425 for the same period last year.
The new members are:

Larry Moffi, Army Magazine, Managing Editor; Jane Sasseen, BusinessWeek, Washington Bureau Chief; Carol Wolf, Bloomberg, Reporter

Active Non-Resident:
Jeremiah A. Hall, San Francisco, Freelance Writer; Justin McLachlan, San Diego, Freelance Writer/Reporter; Reiko Narita, Honolulu, Sakuranohana Shuppan, Inc., Chief Editor

Active Under 35:

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**** SNOW ALERT ****

December 18, 2009

Club Closed for Member Events Saturday, Dec. 19

Due to the anticipated snow storm and likely road closures, the Club will be closed Saturday, Dec. 19 for all member activities. Books and Brunch will be rescheduled to January as the Fourth Estate Restaurant will be closed.

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SBA Administrator Urges Expansion of Lending Program

December 14, 2009 | By Kenneth Dalecki |

Small Business Administrator Karen Mills urged Congress to renew and expand SBA lending programs that she says are helping breath new life in the nation's struggling economy.

In a Dec. 14 luncheon speech, Mills said she is hopeful that SBA loan application fees will continue to be waived and that lending levels will increase under legislation pending in Congress.

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"Cousin Brucie" Discusses Evolution of Rock 'n Roll

December 11, 2009 | By Jan King |

The origins of "doo wop" music are in slavery, where it began with the "field hollers" as a form of communication, long-time disk jockey and broadcasting legend "Cousin Brucie" Morrow told a Club audience Dec. 10.

He said field hollers progressed into gospel, rhythm and blues, big bands and finally into soul music. In the 1940s, when there was little money for instrumentals in black recordings, the groups emulated the instruments with vocal harmonies, Morrow said.

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Sesame Street Must 'Innovate or Melt Away,' CEO Tells Luncheon

December 9, 2009 | By Ellyn Ferguson |

Sesame Street has long been the place where preschool kids learn a thing or two, but the media industry might take away a few lessons as the programs marks its 40th year, Gary E. Knell said at a Luncheon Dec. 8.

Innovation, relevance, research, targeting audience and thinking globally are the keys to Sesame Street’s longevity, Knell, president and CEO of Sesame Workshop, told an audience that included representatives of the preschool crowd.

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Congress Shouldn't Weaken Investor Protection Reforms, Securities Official Says

December 6, 2009 | By Tejinder Singh |

Congress gets push to resist pressure to weaken investor protection reforms

Texas securities commissioner Denise Voigt Crawford criticized parts of the financial reform package under consideration in the House, particularly a Republican-sponsored provision that would place many investment advisory firms under the regulation of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

At a Dec. 4 Newsmaker, Crawford who is also the president of the North American Securities Administrators Association, said the possibility of FINRA oversight of advisory firms “causes us great concern.”

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Tulane, New Orleans Officials Discuss City's Rebuilding

December 4, 2009 | By Keith M. Hill |

The recovery of New Orleans is "a work in progress," Tulane University President Scott Cowen said at a Dec. 3 Newsmaker. He and New Orleans City Council President Arnie Fielkow discussed the five things the public should know about New Orleans today.

Cowen and Fielkow are co-founders of the Fleur de Lis Ambassador Program, which is made up of more than 30 New Orleans residents who go around the country to, as Cowen put it, dispel the myths and misperceptions surrounding New Orleans's recovery.

"Some people still think we're underwater," Cowen said.

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Future of Theater Is Bright, Says Retiring DC Theater Pioneer

December 4, 2009 | By Bill Miller |

Despite increasing competition, an uncertain economy and predictions of its demise, theater is alive and well in both the nation and in Washington, said Joy Zinoman, a prime mover of the Washington theater scene, in a retirement speech at the Club Dec. 4.

“For all its impracticalities, serious theater still stubbornly persists. It will not go away. … It may even thrive,” said Zinoman, whose co-founding of Studio Theater 35 years ago on a $1,000 shoestring spurred the transformation of the once-rundown Logan Circle area of Washington into a bustling urban neighborhood.

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