National Press Club

Panel of railroad experts urges Congress to address transportation infrastructure needs

October 27, 2015 | By Lorna Aldrich | Lorna2@verizon.net

Joe Boardman, president and CEO of Amtrak, accompanied by members of the Amtrak Chicago Gateway Blue Ribbon Panel, outlined railroad infrastructure needs in Chicago to urge Federal policy and funding for transportation infrastructure at an October 26 Newsmaker event.

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Actor Kevin Costner describes 8-year project that grew into a graphic novel at NPC Book Rap

October 26, 2015 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver | HeatherForsgrenWeaver@gmail.com

Kevin Costner loves telling stories, but he has had to pay for every project he believed in, the Oscar-winning actor and director, and now author told a sold-out National Press Club Book Rap Oct. 23.

“’Dances With Wolves’ was resisted by every studio two times around and I had to do it myself, Costner said. “When this book was concerned, I paid for that, too.”

Costner collaborated with co-author Jon Baird and illustrator Rick Ross to create "The Explorers Guild: Volume One: A Passage to Shambhala," a 784-page book that Ross described as “graphic fiction.”

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Journalist Mary McGrory succeeded with "sheer stubbornness," author tells NPC audience

October 20, 2015 | By Mark Krikorian | msk@cis.org

Mary McGrory succeeded in Washington political journalism "by dint of sheer stubbornness, John Norris, author of "Mary McGrory: The First Queen of Journalism," told a National Press Club Book Rap Oct. 15.

"She broke into the industry at a time when women reporters were rare and women columnists were even rarer," Norris said. "She had no way that she should have succeeded."

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Colleagues and Club honor Ifill at Fourth Estate Dinner

October 17, 2015 | By Sean Lyngaas | sean.lyngaas@gmail.com

NPR special correspondent Michele Norris, The Washington Post’s Dan Balz and former PBS reporter Charlayne Hunter-Gault paid tribute to PBS NewsHour co-anchor Gwen Ifill as she received the Fourth Estate Award for lifetime achievement in journalism at a dinner Oct. 15.

“Journalism was what I was meant to do,” Ifill told a ballroom full of current and former colleagues. “I embrace this honor tonight because it is bestowed by peers who also know what journalism is and what it can be when we can achieve, when we fall short, and when we aspire to more.”

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World of driverless pods could transform mobility

October 15, 2015 | By Brooke C. Stoddard | stoddardbc@gmail.com

Larry Burns, professor of engineering practice at the University of Michigan, sketched a future of driverless, intercommunicating, on-demand, two-seat “pods” that will dramatically alter how we get around at an Oct. 14 Newsmakers Event at the National Press Club.

This world is not far off and should be encouraged, he said.

Burns, formerly corporate vice president of R and D and strategic planning at General Motors, was joined by Robbie Diamond, president and CEO of Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) and Lynn Liddle, executive vice president of Domino’s Pizza.

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“Get it Online" speaker explains importance of native advertising

October 13, 2015 | By Michele Givens | mgivens@epe.org

Jeffrey Turner, Huffington Post’s senior director, head of ad product and monetization, explained at a "Get It Online" event Oct. 13 why native advertising, which looks like the content of the media where it appear – a news article in a newspaper, for example - has become a critically important ingredient of more and more advertising investments.

Turner, whose role has recently expanded to include TechCrunch and gadget, encouraged the “Get it Online” audience to rethink the role of native in their mix of advertising products

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Documentary and panel reveal decades-old government anti-gay actions

October 12, 2015 | By Adam Shapiro | adam.shapiro@adampr.tv

A federal effort to identify and bar gay Americans from working in the government still reverberates in today’s news, according to members of an Oct. 7 panel at recent National Press Club event.

The Club's Events Committee held the discussion after a screening of the documentary “Uniquely Nasty: The U.S. Government’s War on Gays.”

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Carson says he will continue to 'expose' the press

October 9, 2015 | By Wesley G. Pippert | PippertW@missouri.edu

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson told a National Press Club Luncheon Oct. 9 that "I will continue to expose the press" in an effort to prod it until it fulfills the spirit of the Constitution to be the ally of the people.

"I don't particularly care whether the press likes me," the neurosurgeon said in a wide-ranging speech that frequently returned to critical comments about the media. Though his words were strong, Carson delivered them in his usual soft-spoken even gentle manner.

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Mayors say cities take the lead on climate-change initiatives

October 8, 2015 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver | heatherforsgrenweaver@gmail.com

Cities must take the lead on climate change because “the feds have fumbled the ball,” Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz told a National Press Club Newsmakers press event Oct. 8.

“I don’t think we need to be captive to the dysfunction that happens in D.C. any more. There’s an opportunity for cities to take the lead, an opportunity for cities to use our market power individually and collectively,” Berkowitz said. “It is part of the responsibility we have to the people we serve.”

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Baltimore Mayor: Cities Can Learn Lessons From Riots

October 7, 2015 | By Justin Duckham | justinjduckham@gmail.com

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake told a luncheon at the National Press Club on Oct. 7 that other cities can take a page from the high profile riots that consumed the Maryland city earlier this year, particularly when its comes to the relationship between the police and their communities.

“I’ve been pleased that we’ve had the lessons learned to help prepare not just Baltimore’s police department but police departments throughout the country to understand that the tactics are different, that the strategies for how we deal with them are different,” Rawlings-Blake said.

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