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Ocean Threats Seen in Overfishing, Pollution, Climate Change

December 18, 2008 | By Pat Rizzuto

The day after two University of Rhode Island scientists announced that climate change will harm jumbo squid, a panel of top U.S. marine scientists discussed the crisis that verfishing, pollution, and climate change is causing to the oceans that feed the world.

At a Dec. 16 Newsmaker, Michael Hirshfield, chief scientist of North America Oceana, said: “We’ve been borrowing against the future for far too long, and the oceans can’t lend us any more. We must act responsibly and live within our means.”

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Gordon Peterson is 500th New Member of 2008

December 18, 2008 | By Mark Hamrick, membership secretary

The National Press Club Board of Governors welcomes the 500th new member approved this year, ABC 7/WJLA senior correspondent and anchor Gordon Peterson.

Having covered news in Washington for four decades, Peterson has been called the "Dean of Anchors" in the nation's capital.

His was one of 78 applications approved this month, capping a year of strong recruitment for the NPC. As part of the celebration of the Club's centennial, the board has waived initiation fees for applicants in 2008, representing a savings of up to $350.

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Toyota Receives NPC Founder's Award for Generosity

December 17, 2008

The Club presented its Centennial Founder’s Award to Toyota in recognition of the automaker’s support of Press Club programs and events during 2008 – our centennial year.

The award was presented by NPC President Sylvia Smith to Ed Lewis of Toyota’s Washington office at a ceremony Wednesday evening. Toyota is one of three firms to receive such recognition from the Club during its centennial.

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Iraqi Spokesman Lauds Status of Forces Agreement with U.S.

December 15, 2008 | By Peter Hickman

Most Iraqis think the Status of Forces Agreement their government recently signed with the U.S. "is good for them and the best available arrangement possible at present," Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh told a Dec. 11 Newsmaker.

The SOFA is part of a strategic framework agreement and defines the role of the U.S. military in Iraq whose UN mandate expires at year's end. It is seen by many as a success for both Washington and Baghdad, and a serious setback for Iran in the region.

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Enviro Advocates Endorse Auto Bailout Provision at Newsmaker Panel

December 10, 2008 | By Mark Schoeff Jr.

Environmental advocates endorsed a provision in the proposed auto industry bailout that would prevent carmakers from challenging states like California that set higher greenhouse gas emission standards than are mandated by federal law.

The elevated requirements would help cleanse the air of harmful pollutants and should be implemented, according to participants in a Dec. 9 Club Newsmaker.

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Colliding Auto, Media Crises Challenge Michigan News Outlets

December 5, 2008 | By Gil Klein

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Despite cutbacks in news staff and a sharp decline in revenue, Detroit news leaders told a National Press Club forum they are rallying staffs to cover the automobile industry crisis with all they have.

Changes in technology are providing new ways to reach people, they said, but the demands the technology is putting on reporters are burning them out. And, the panelists said, they worry about which news organizations can survive a long-term economic downturn.

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U.S. Launches Public Diplomacy Initiative

December 4, 2008 | By Peter Hickman

The State Department will conduct an online video contest designed to “amplify U.S. public diplomacy using web-based outreach campaigns and social media platforms,” Goli Ameri, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, said at a Dec. 1 Newsmaker.

"Our new ExchangesConnect, hosted on the Ning platform, is designed to be the digital foundation for the alumni of our exchange programs, youth audiences and other groups around the world interested in international dialogue,” Ameri said.

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Ike Pappas Interview Available Legendary radio and television journalist Ike Pappas, a correspondent for CBS News for 23 years, covered a variety of history-shaping events throughout

December 1, 2008

Legendary radio and television journalist Ike Pappas, a correspondent for CBS News for 23 years, covered a variety of history-shaping events throughout the world: The civil rights movement, the Vietnam and Six Days wars, and the Apollo 11 flight to the moon, among many others.

Pappas died in September at 75. Among the countless stories he reported, Pappas will forever be remembered as the reporter who shouted "Oswald has been shot!" as he saw Jack Ruby murder Lee Harvey Oswald just inches away, days after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas in November 1963.

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Kazakh Official: Good Relations with U.S. to Continue

November 24, 2008 | By Peter Hickman

The Chairman of the Committee for International Affairs, Defense and Security of the Lower House of Parliament of Uzbekistan told a Nov. 21 Newsmaker that good relations with the U.S. are one of his Central Asian country's “highest foreign policy priorities” and that he thinks those ties will continue on a positive note under an Obama administration.

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NPC Roasts and Toasts Christiane Amanpour, 2008 Fourth Estate Award Winner

November 24, 2008 | By Jerry Zremski

The 300 people who attended Friday's Fourth Estate Award dinner for Christiane Amanpour of CNN knew they were going to see one of the world's great journalists receive the National Press Club's highest honor -- but they didn't know they were going to see Madeleine Albright do stand-up comedy.

The former secretary of state stole the show at the dinner, regaling the "elites" in the audience and noting that the National Press Club must be anti-American -- because it chose to call itself the National Press Club rather than the American Press Club.

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