National Press Club

Documentary chronicles Afghan war through eyes of a young boy

November 13, 2011 | By Peter J. Hickman | PJHIckman@hotmail.com

A documentary chronicling a boy's journey from childhood to adolescence in war-torn Afghanistan "represents the potential for Afghanistan's future," Anglo-American filmmaker Phil Grabsky told a Nov. 10 Newsmaker.

Grabsky in his documentary film "The Boy Mir" follows a young boy for nearly a decade beginning in 2002 to the present. As Afghanistan convulses with war, Mir grows from an impish boy of 8 to an old-beyond-his-years teenager.

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CBS' Logan urges deeper coverage of foreign conflicts at Kalb Report

November 10, 2011 | By Gil Klein | gilbert.klein@me.com

Reporters need to spend more time on the ground in conflict zones to get the real war stories, CBS New chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan in a wide-ranging conversation with Marvin Kalb at Monday's Kalb Report.
Logan minced no words. Logan, who is also a correspondent for 60 Minutes, offered tough assessments of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the deterioration of international news coverage and the treatment Gen. Stanley McCrystal suffered at the hands of the news media.

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French candidate Le Pen: World economic system needs reform

November 6, 2011 | By Keith M. Hill | KHill@bna.com

Without major reforms, the world's economies will plunge into at least a decade of instability, French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen said Wednesday at a National Press Club Newsmaker.

The world's largest economies, particular the Euro Zone, are “completely out of control,” Le Pen said.

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NBC icon Brokaw sees new journalism technology shaping America’s future

November 3, 2011 | By Bill Miller | williammiller512@aol.com

One of the forces shaping the future of the United States is today’s “extraordinary change in journalism,” retired NBC News legend Tom Brokaw said at a Nov. 3 National Press Club luncheon.

The explosion of new journalistic technology “has created an entirely new universe,” said Brokaw, who anchored “NBC Nightly News” from 1982-2005 and also hosted ‘The Today Show” and “Meet the Press.” His new book is “The Time of Our Lives: A Conversation about America.”

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Tibetan leader urges U.S. to pressure China to resume dialogue

November 3, 2011 | By Robert Webb | rewebb@aol.com

Lobsang Sangay, prime minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile, urged the United States to pressure China to resume talks aimed at peaceful resolution of its issues with Tibet at a Nov. 2 Newsmaker.

His appeal came in his first public appearance in Washington and on the eve of his testimony on Capitol Hill. He said he had been meeting with members of Congress.

"We believe in non-violence," he said.

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Cain denies sexual harassment, touts tax plan, sings spiritual at Club luncheon

October 31, 2011 | By Andrew Kreig | andrew.kreig@gmail.com

GOP presidential contender Herman Cain rebutted a sexual harassment allegation, asserted that his tax plan would revitalize the country and sang a spiritual a cappella at a sold out National Press Club luncheon on Oct. 31.

Club President Mark Hamrick began the Q&A portion of the event by asking Cain about allegations that he sexually harrassed two staff members when he was chief executive of the the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s. Politico reported on Oct. 30 that the organization paid the former staffers to settle the claim.

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PBS NewsHour's Jim Lehrer roasted, toasted at emotional Fourth Estate Award Dinner

October 31, 2011 | By By Molly McCluskey

Legendary newsman Jim Lehrer of PBS' NewsHour, careening between tears of laughter and gratitude, accepted the National Press Club's most prestigious award Friday night, Oct. 28, with praise for his co-anchor of 38 years and the PBS staff.

"It takes 18 people just to get me to say 'Good evening' and another 18 more to keep me from making a fool of myself," Lehrer said as he accepted the Fourth Estate Award at the gala dinner in his honor.

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Levin declares broadcast news delivery ‘stale’ at Club luncheon

October 24, 2011 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver | HeatherForsgrenWeaver@gmail.com

The news media needs to change the way it delivers content because the decades-old style of broadcast journalism is stale, Harvey Levin, creator of the celebrity news website TMZ.com, told a National Press Club luncheon Oct. 24.

“I think there is a good chance that a lot of people here will be put out of work if the people who run this delivery system don’t change it and don’t change it quickly,” Levin said.

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Times Square 'Eat In' launches nationwide push for healthier diets, sustainable food production

October 20, 2011 | By Lorna Aldrich | Lorna2@verizon.net

An "eat in" in Times Square at noon Oct. 24 will launch a nationwide campaign to promote healthy eating and an environmentally sustainable food industry, Michael Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, said at an Oct. 19 Newsmaker.

The event, Food Day, will be proclaimed by mayors in more than 30 cities, including San Francisco, Boston, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles, St. Louis and Seattle. More than 1800 events are scheduled for the day, which will become an annual event.

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Natalie Cole leads battle against Hepatitis C

October 19, 2011 | By Robert Webb | rewebb@aol.com

Nine-time Grammy winner Natalie Cole appealed to an Oct. 19 National Press Club luncheon audience to join her and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Gregg Allman in their battle against chronic Hepatitis C.

The Los Angeles-born daughter of the late legendary musician, Nat King Cole, branded herself a victim of the hippie drug culture of the 1970s, which engaged in "doing things we thought were fun."

She said it took more than 20 years before she learned from a medical examination that she had the Hepatitis C virus (HCV) that infects more than four million Americans.

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