National Press Club

More than 500 runners sweat through 5K to raise funds for NPC Journalism Institute

September 6, 2014 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. |

More than 500 people ran and walked through one of the hottest and stickiest mornings of the summer on Sept. 6 in the National Press Club Beat the Deadline 5K.

Talessa Bayisa, 34, was the top male finisher, finishing the course in 14:50. The female winner, Barb Fallon-Wallace, finished in 17:15. The fastest Club female was Natalie DiBlasio with a time of 23:03, while former Club President Alan Bjerga was the top male Club runner, completing the race in 20:00.

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Why are vaccine-preventable diseases rising? Panel offers reasons at media briefing

September 4, 2014 | By Galen Tan |

A panel of experts on vaccination issues and the producers of an upcoming PBS NOVA documentary on vaccines lent perspectives to the growing trend of opting their children out of immunizations and challenges of communicating with the public on vaccinations at a Sept. 4 National Press Club media briefing.

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Ideological foes Nader, Norquist spar, but sometimes agree at NPC luncheon

September 4, 2014 | By Wes Pippert |

Two unlikely colleagues -- consumer advocate Ralph Nader and anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist -- said they agree on many things but continued to disagree over campaign finance and governmental regulation in a joint appearance at a National Press Club luncheon Sept. 4.

“We can win on things we agree on,” Nader said.

Nader also had sharp criticism of Hillary Rodham Clinton and the Clintons' relationship with Wall Street.

“The two parties are one corporate party with two heads,” Nader said. “The Democrats are worse than the Republicans.

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'Tank Man,' Tiananmen Square crackdown erased from Chinese history, NPR correspondent reports at Book Rap

September 1, 2014 | By Mark Krikorian |

Tank Man.

"Iconic" is an overused word, but it fits the image of a man standing before a column of tanks in Beijing in June 1989. That man, now commonly known as “Tank Man,” has come to represent the protests centered on Tiananmen Square that were brutally suppressed by the Chinese army. The photograph is so widely recognized in the West that it's been referenced in political cartoons, the Simpsons, and even a Chick-fil-A commercial.

And yet the overwhelming majority of young Chinese are completely unfamiliar with it.

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Beef up immigration courts, judges urge at Newsmaker

August 27, 2014 | By Aisha Chowdhry |

Two federal judges, speaking in their capacity as leaders of the National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ), called for more resources for immigration courts at a National Press Club Newsmaker news conference Aug. 17.

They also called for the creation of an independent immigration court under Article 1 of the U.S.constitution.

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Expelled New York Times reporter tells Club Newsmaker he's 'eager' to return to Afghanistan

August 27, 2014 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver |

Matthew Rosenberg, the New York Times reporter expelled from Afghanistan Aug. 20 wants to return, he told a National Press Club Newsmaker press conference Aug. 27.

"I am eager to go back there," Rosenberg said. "I want to go back there and keep reporting. It is a fascinating place."

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This Week in Press Club History: Gingrich proposes Medicaid reform at Luncheon

August 18, 2014 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein |

August 23, 1934: Movie producer and director of both silent and sound films, Cecil B. DeMille, speaks at a National Press Club Luncheon about his flamboyant career, which began with a 1914 silent film “The Squaw Man.” His first biblical epic, the 1923 “The Ten Commandments,” held Paramount Pictures revenue record for 25 years. “Cleopatra,” his first film nominated for Best Picture by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, was released in 1934.

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NPC member Parenti wins reporting award

August 14, 2014 | By Donna Leinwand Leger |

National Press Club member Alisa Parenti, a broadcast correspondent at MarketWatch Radio Network, was recognized Aug. 13 for her reporting on personal finance by the Radio Television Digital News Association and the National Endowment for Financial Education.

Parenti won in the radio category for "outstanding work" on personal-finance issues. Parenti's winning entry, called "Housing on Fire," offered tips for buyers and sellers in a hot real-estate market.

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National Press Club mourns passing of Lauren Bacall

August 13, 2014 | By Christopher Hamrick |

The National Press Club mourns the loss of an American classic, Lauren Bacall, who passed away at the age of 89 on Aug 12.

In February 1945, then-Vice President Harry S. Truman played during one of the many World War II canteens at the National Press Club. Young Hollywood starlet Lauren Bacall had not yet achieved widespread fame when an iconic photo was taken.

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NPC Update-1 podcast looks at government censorship in the 21st Century

August 12, 2014 | By Bill McCloskey |

The White House Aug. 10 responded to a July 8 letter from journalism organizations and open-government groups urging President Barack Obama to honor his pledge for openness by relaxing the control federal agency public information officers have over reporter access to federal-government newsmakers.

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