National Press Club

NPC Members Added to Standing Committee

January 12, 2010 | By Sylvia Smith

NPC members Thomas Burr of the Salt Lake Tribune and Joe Morton of the Omaha World Herald are the new members of the Standing Committee of Correspondents, it was announced Tuesday.

They join two other NPC members, Maureen Groppe of Gannett News Service, and Lisa Mascaro of the Las Vegas Sun, on the five-member committee.

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AFL-CIO President Says Courage Missing in Health Care Debate

January 12, 2010 | By Andrew Kreig | andrew.kreig@gmail.com

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The AFL-CIO's new president, Richard Trumka, urged government officials to put far greater priority in coming weeks on improving the nation’s economy in such areas as jobs, worker rights and health care.

"This is a moment that cries out for political courage, but it is not much in evidence," he said at a Jan. 11 Luncheon.

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Metromix DC Highlights Fourth Estate, Chef Delbert

January 11, 2010 | By Sylvia Smith

Metromix's Sammy Kobrosly recently profiled the Fourth Estate Restaurant and Executive Chef Susan Delbert for the Sammy K's Nightlife Saga Blog.

Sammy K had this to say about the Fourth Estate:

"First off, the history behind the National Press Club and knowing that everyone from Wolf Blitzer to George Clooney to Eleanor Roosevelt have come there is reason enough for a geek like me to freak out, but then you have Executive Chef Susan Delbert, whose cuisine takes things to a whole new level."

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Investors Who Stuck with 401(k) Plans Now Benefiting, Mutual Fund Experts Say

January 11, 2010 | By Tejinder Singh | tejindersinghdc@gmail.com

The market downturn of late 2007 brought the balances in 401(k) and other defined contribution accounts down by “almost one-quarter in 2008,” the president of Investment Company Institute said at a Newsmaker Jan. 8.

Paul Stevens said it has "caused some in the press and policy communities to question the value of 401 (k) and other defined contribution plans.”

During that time, American workers still supported their 401(k) plans and stayed the course—and those who did so are now being rewarded, according to ICI survey data.

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Darlene Shields Receives Top Club Honor for Volunteers; 44 Others Also Recognized

January 9, 2010 | By Donna Leinwand, NPC President

Darlene Shields, who chairs the National Press Club's Photography Committee, received the Club's top honor for her contributions and volunteer efforts in 2009.

NPC President Donna Leinwand selected Shields as the winner of the 2009 Berny Krug Award from among the many dedicated Club members who contribute time, talent and enthusiasm to making the Club the premier journalism institution.

Shields received the award Jan. 8 at a reception honoring the Club's top volunteers.

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Panel Calls for Strategic Energy Policy

January 6, 2010 | By Frank Maisano | frank.maisano@bgllp.com

Leaders from government, academia and energy efficiency-related businesses s aid the nation must develop a collaborative, comprehensive energy management strategy in order to achieve long-term sustainability goals, reduce emissions and strengthen our economy at a Newsmaker panel Jan. 5.

Panelists were Richard Kidd, manager of the Federal Energy Management Program; Paul Cody of the Eaton Corp.; University of Pittsburgh energy expert Greg Reed; and Bayer MaterialScience's EcoCommercial Building head Paul Platte.

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Fitness Expert Austin Revs up the Audience

January 6, 2010 | By Joe Motheral | joegm35@aol.com

“Okay, everyone stand. Put your arms above your head like this and then sway side to side. Two more to go. Now one more to go. Good!” Denise Austin, the health and fitness advocate, revved up more than 140 attendees at the Holman Lounge Jan. 5.

Austin was at the Club to discuss her book, "Denise’s Daily Dozen."

She lives by what she preaches. “I’m 52,” she said but looks 32.

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**** CLUB CLOSED MONDAY *****

December 23, 2009 | By Donna Leinwand, President, National Press Club

Luncheon Rescheduled; Take a Photo and Enter the Contest

he Club is closed for all activities today, Monday, Dec. 21.

It is the National Press Club's policy to close when the U.S. government closes. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management ( http://www.opm.gov/status/ ) announced at 4:35 p.m. Sunday that the federal government is closed on Monday due to the snowstorm. The Club will reschedule its speakers luncheon featuring NIH director Francis Collins. The Board of Governors will meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

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NPC Condemns Terrorist Attack on Peshawar's Press Club

December 23, 2009 | By Sylvia Smith

A suicide bomber on Dec. 22 detonated explosives at the gates of the Peshawar Press Club, killing a guard, the Club's accountant and a bystander and wounding at least 20 others. The Club in the northwest Paskistan city had received a series of threats in the month leading up to the suicide attack.

"The targeting of journalists who strive merely to report the truth to the public is unacceptable," National Press Club President Donna Leinwand said.

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Please Welcome 33 New Club Members

December 23, 2009 | By Myron Belkind, Club Secretary | myron.belkind@verizon.net

The Board of Governors approved 33 membership applications Dec. 22, bringing the total so far this year to 418, compared to 425 for the same period last year.
The new members are:

Active:
Larry Moffi, Army Magazine, Managing Editor; Jane Sasseen, BusinessWeek, Washington Bureau Chief; Carol Wolf, Bloomberg, Reporter

Active Non-Resident:
Jeremiah A. Hall, San Francisco, Freelance Writer; Justin McLachlan, San Diego, Freelance Writer/Reporter; Reiko Narita, Honolulu, Sakuranohana Shuppan, Inc., Chief Editor

Active Under 35:

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