National Press Club

Diversity and inclusiveness goals for next 100 years of National Park Service

August 1, 2016 | By Kristin Szremski | kmszremski@gmail.com

The National Park Service, in response to allegations of long-standing abuse, now has 'zero tolerance' toward sexual harassment and is establishing an anonymous hotline to protect employees who come forward as whistleblowers, agency Director Jonathan Jarvis said at a National Press Club luncheon Aug. 1.

The move is aligned with the park service's goals of achieving "justice, respect and truth" through the use of federal parks and public land, which call us to "live up to the values of our nation," Jarvis said.

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Nats’ analyst Phil Wood tells how baseball reporting has changed, including no more free booze in press box

July 21, 2016 | By Bill McCloskey | bmcclos325@aol.com

Washington Nationals baseball analyst Phil Wood does not have a Twitter account. Growing up in Northern Virginia, he did have a transistor radio. That radio and trips to Griffith Stadium to watch the old Washington Senators (also nicknamed the Nats) ignited his lifelong love of baseball in the '60s.

That love led to a long career in baseball broadcasting and a perspective on how baseball reporting has changed over the decades -- a perspective he shared with a National Press Club audience July 20 at one of the Club’s “Get it Online” luncheon discussions.

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U.S. needs 'broad dialogue' on use of cyber, says NSA chief Rogers

July 14, 2016 | By Wesley G. Pippert | pippertw@missouri.edu

Adm. Michael S. Rogers, director of the National Security Agency, called at a National Press Club luncheon Thursday for a "broad dialogue" about when and how the United States should use cyber in a way that is "coherent and legal."

But he refused numerous times to go into detail beyond saying: "How we do our mission should be in a way that engenders confidence and trust."

Resplendent in the Navy's summer whites, Rogers added: "We always obey the law. We acknowledge mistakes. We don't take short cuts."

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Kim Barker, other female war correspondents, to speak at 'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot' screening July 29

July 13, 2016 | By Lindsay Underwood | lunderwood@press.org

The National Press Club's Young Members and International Correspondents Committees will host a screening of the film "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" on Friday, July 29, at 6:15 in the Holeman Lounge, followed by a panel discussion featuring journalist and author Kim Barker.

Barker's real life experiences depicted in her book, "The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan," inspired the making of the film.

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Democratic congressional campaign will go national, hit 'toxic' Trump, says chair

July 12, 2016 | By Bob Weiner and Ben Lasky | weinerpublic@comcast.net, laskyben@gmail.com

The Democrats’ campaign for congressional candidates in 2016, unlike recent cycles, will feature a “national” message that emphasizes Donald Trump’s “bullying” and “toxic” statements, Democratic Congressional Campaign (DCCC) Chair Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.Mex., told a National Press Club Newsmaker Tuesday.

Lujan said the DCCC will run an “aggressive” campaign with “national ads and staff communicating in the smartest way,” especially with millennials, people of color and women. The campaign will include TV ads, he said, adding that “We’ve only just begun.”

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Libertarian Party nominees promise fair, transparent, honest America with happier people

July 7, 2016 | By Wesley G. Pippert | pippertw@missouri.edu

Two former Republican governors -- now running as the Libertarian presidential ticket -- told a National Press Club luncheon audience Thursday the Republican and Democratic parties are out of touch with the American people, and the two of them asked, "give us a chance and we will make a difference."

"Both major parties are struggling to connect with the American public," said former Gov. Gary Johnson of New Mexico, the presidential nominee. He said the tone of this election campaign is "often like warfare ... filled with anxiety and fear."

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NTSB chairman: Driverless cars promise to save lives, but there are challenges to overcome

June 30, 2016 | By Gwen Flanders | glflanders@gmail.com

Driverless cars have the potential to save thousands of lives by eliminating the main cause of highway crashes –- human error –- National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Christopher Hart said Thursday at a National Press Club Newsmakers Luncheon.

But so-called “autonomous vehicles” won’t be cruising the roads anytime soon, Hart said.

“People are underestimating the challenges,” he said. “It’s going to take longer than people are estimating.”

He didn’t offer a timeline but outlined the challenges.

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Ukrainian Prime Minister secures pledge of economic assistance during U.S. visit

June 26, 2016 | By Peter Hickman | phickman@hotmail.com

On his first visit to Washington since taking office, the new Prime Minister of Ukraine, Volodymyr Groysman, told a June 16 National Press Club Newsmaker press conference that his country received a pledge of $220 million in economic assistance from the United States during meetings with U.S. officials.

The assistance package was offered by Vice President Joe Biden, Groysman said. His talks with American officials centered on the political situation in his nation, including relations with Russia, which occupies the Crimean Peninsula, part of eastern Ukraine.

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Author says American society is breaking down, but can be put back together

June 23, 2016 | By Keith Hill | khill@bna.com

American society is breaking down because people are feeling lost and alienated. If this situation does not change, it could lead to the death of what America is, author and journalist Sebastian Junger said at a June 16 National Press Club Newsmaker.

In his new book, "Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging," Junger discusses the breakdown of U.S. communities and explores what can be learned from tribal societies.

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Military culture slow to change on suicide prevention

June 23, 2016 | By Ken Dalecki | kdalecki@hotmail.com

The U.S. military's "do or die" culture makes it difficult for many service members and veterans to seek the help they need in dealing with depression that can lead to suicide, Kim Ruocco, a leader of a survivors' service organization, said at a June 23 National Press Club Newsmaker event.

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