National Press Club

Abdul-Jabbar calls for meaningful discussions to ease racial tensions

October 17, 2016 | By Julia Haskins |

At a moment of heightened racial tensions, people from different backgrounds must come together to engage in meaningful discussions that drive progress, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar said at a National Press Club luncheon Oct.17.

Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA's all-time leading scorer, said his latest book, “Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White,” comes at an opportune time, as people are ready to have much-needed conversations about race.

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Farewell, Mr. Cosgrove

October 16, 2016 | By Thomas Burr |

It is with a heavy heart that I report our friend and longtime National Press Club member John Cosgrove has passed away. He was 98 years old.

Mr. Cosgrove, who served as president of the Club in 1961, was surrounded by family in his home when he passed Saturday morning.

Club member Matt Schudel wrote Mr. Cosgrove's obituary in the Washington Post.

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Panel sees less transparent White House after election under either outcome

October 13, 2016 | By Julia Haskins |

While it’s unlikely that the next president will have the power to greatly undermine First Amendment protections, the media climate will hardly be transparent under the new administration, according to a group of journalists and lawyers who spoke at a Press Club Journalism Institute event Oct.12

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Navy Secretary Ray Mabus details progress with people, energy and shipbuilding in Obama era

October 13, 2016 | By Jesse Rifkin |

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus told an Oct. 12 National Press Club Luncheon audience that the U.S Navy and Marine Corps have made great strides developing people, energy and shipbuilding during the Obama administration.

Mabus said he helped lead the transition in allowing women to serve in combat roles starting in January, repealing 1993’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy, which prevented gays from openly serving in the military and returning ROTC programs to many colleges which hadn’t had it on campus for decades, including Harvard, Yale, and Princeton.

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WTO head calls trade 'pro-growth, anti-poverty' tool

October 10, 2016 | By Wesley G. Pippert |

The top official for the World Trade Organization argued at a National Press Club Luncheon Oct. 7 for freer trade but acknowledged that achieving it was having "a hard time."

"I'm here to make the case for trade," Roberto Azevedo, WTO secretary-general, said in prepared remarks. And during the questioning period, "This discussion needs to be clarified. It's easy to blame trade" for such things as job loss, he said.

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Rockwell painting sold by the Club now on exhibit at Norman Rockwell Museum

October 6, 2016 | By Jesse Rifkin |

An iconic Norman Rockwell painting formerly owned by the National Press Club and sold last year for more than $10 million is now on display at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Massachusetts.

The display, apparently not actively publicized by the museum, was recently discovered accidentally by Club member Michael Freedman.

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Vilsack mum on next steps in Luncheon speech

October 4, 2016 | By Justin Duckham |

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack declined to speculate on his future after President Barack Obama’s tenure ends early next year.

“I don’t think anybody should be talking about what jobs are available or what’s going to happen after the election,” Vilsack said during a Luncheon Oct. 3.

Vilsack, the only member of the cabinet to have served in the same position for the entire Obama presidency, said he would likely not run for Senate or any other legislative position.

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Former presidential transition officials cite need for money, time, experience in 'grueling' process

October 2, 2016 | By Jesse Rifkin |

Thomas “Mack” McLarty, President Bill Clinton’s first White House Chief of Staff, called the process of presidential transitions “grueling” at a Newsmaker press conference Sept. 30. Other featured speakers included Clay Johnson, Bush-Cheney 2000 Presidential Transition executive director, and Max Stier, Partnership for Public Service president and CEO.

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National Press Club Book Rap reveals stolen art secrets, cultural impacts

September 28, 2016 | By Andrew Kreig |

The longtime director of the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore riveted a National Press Club Book Rap audience Sept. 27 with his journey of discovery into the netherworld of stolen art and its cultural impacts.

Gary Vikan, director of the museum from 1994 to 2013, used his new book Sacred and Stolen: Confessional of a Museum Art Director, to describe “the messy underbelly of museum life: looted antiquities, crooked dealers, deluded collectors, duplicitous public officials, inside thefts and failed exhibitions.”

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Wolf Blitzer receives National Press Club Fourth Estate Award at gala

September 21, 2016 | By Justin Duckham |

The National Press Club’s ballroom took on the trappings of the Situation Room on the evening of Sept. 20 as CNN’s Wolf Blitzer received the NPC's Fourth Estate Award in recognition of the political anchor’s 44-year-long career.

Accepting the Press Club's highest honor at the close of the gala, Blitzer acknowledged that he occupies a place in the media landscape during a time when strong journalism is more important than ever.

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