National Press Club

Coach Builds Ga. State Football Day by Day

September 25, 2009 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. |

When it plays Alabama in its inaugural football season next year, Georgia State University may get pummeled by the highly ranked Crimson Tide.

But the Panthers won’t get knocked down any harder than their coach, Bill Curry, did on his first day of NFL practice with the Green Bay Packers in the 1960s. Curry, an offensive lineman, lined up across from future Hall of Famer Ray Nitschke.

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Board Approves 48 Member Applications

September 23, 2009 | By Myron Belkind, Club secretary |

The Board of Governors approved 48 member applications Monday, bringing the total so far this year to 297, the same number for the same period last year.
The new members are:


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S. Korean Says N. Korea Wants Normalized Relations with US

September 19, 2009 | By Peter Hickman |

North Korea wants direct talks with the U.S., to formally end the Korean War and the end to economic sanctions, South Korean legislator Chung Dong-young told a Sept. 18 Newsmaker.

Chung said he thinks it possible to "make North Korea abandon its nuclear weapons by engaging them to exchange their nukes for what they really want."

He recalled his 2005 meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-il in which Kim said, "The denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is the testament of my father," Kim Il-sung, whose words remain as "the supreme order that nobody can defy."

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Mayo CEO: Insurance Reform 'Easy Part;' Health Care Reform that Delivers Value 'Hard Part'

September 19, 2009 | By Lorna Aldrich |

“Value” was the watchword for Dr. Denis Cortese, president and CEO of the Mayo Clinic, in his analysis of insurance and health care reform in the U.S. during his Luncheon address Sept. 18.

He distinguished between the “easy part” of reform – health insurance – and the “hard part” of reform – health care delivery. Health care delivery must be improved to create value, he said, or else we will “get everybody insured in a really bad health care delivery system.”

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Argonne Lab Chief Applauds Up-Tick in Research

September 18, 2009 | By Frank Maisano |

Basic science research would benefit from collaboration toward a common mission, Eric Isaacs, the head of Argonne National Laboratory, said at a Sept. 15 Newsmaker.

Isaacs pointed to the Bell Laboratories research center as an example of success that stemmed in large part from the freedom researchers experienced to follow promising leads and try new things. Isaacs and Secretary of Energy Steven Chu both worked at Bell.

A Massachusetts Institute of Technology-educated physicist, Isaacs focused most on lithium battery challenges for electric vehicles and how to solve them.

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Governor Urges Congress to be Mindful of States in Health Care Reform

September 18, 2009 | By Ellyn Ferguson |

Congress should focus on comprehensive health care reform that includes the states as partners and keeps spending in line, Gov. Jim Douglas, R-Vt., said Thursday.

“We need to make sure Congress gets it right from the stand point of the states,” Douglas, chairman of the bipartisan National Governors Association, told a Press Club luncheon crowd.

Any federal overhaul of the nation’s health care system will fail if it burdens states with unfunded and inflexible mandates, he said.

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Panel Offers Reminiscences of Cronkite, Hewitt

September 18, 2009 | By Marc A. Wojno |

Walter Cronkite, the anchor of the CBS Evening News, and Don Hewitt, the creator and executive producer of “60 Minutes,” were remembered and feted Wednesday at a Club panel by four giants of television news: moderator Marvin Kalb, Dan Rather, Bob Schieffer and Daniel Schorr.

The panel shared fond, personal stories about working with Cronkite and Hewitt, who died this summer, to an audience of more than 200.Cronkite was the first recipient of the NPC's lifetime achievement award, the Fourth Estate Award.

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J-School Dean/Author Portrays Colorful Past of Foreign Correspondents

September 16, 2009 | By Lorna Aldrich |

The first “high water” mark of foreign reporting in what is now the United States was the colonial era, when Benjamin Franklin republished articles from foreign newspapers that arrived by ship, John Maxwell Hamilton, dean of Louisiana State University's Manship School of Mass Communication, said at the Club Sept. 14 .

But Hamilton, author of " Journalism's Roving Eye: A History of American Foreign Reporting," also expressed optimism about the future of foreign reporting in the United States.

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700 in NPC 5K; Best Time was 16:26

September 15, 2009 | By Jessica Brady, 5K Committee chairwoman |

Nearly 700 walkers and runners participated in the NPC's 12th annual 5K race Saturday.

Matt Straughn, 32 of Glen Dale, Md., took first place overall with a 16:26 finish, while Phebe Ko, 26 of Baltimore, led the women with a time of 17:25.

Leading the Press Club members were Andrew Sullivan, 39 of Washington, D.C., who ran the 3.1- mile course in 19:49. Neisa Condemaita, 35 of Washington, D.C., proved the fastest female NPC member, with a time of 23:22.

A complete list of times can be found at

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Coalition Advocates New Transportation Bill Ahead of Administration Schedule

September 15, 2009 | By Lorna Aldrich |

With the current surface transportation bill scheduled to lapse Sept. 30, a coalition of transportation suppliers and users accepted the bill’s extension as inevitable but advocated a new bill sooner than the administration’s proposed 18-month target at a Sept. 14 Newsmaker.

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