National Press Club

National Press Club recognizes outstanding journalism July 24

June 5, 2012 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. | markschoeff@gmail.com

The National Press Club will celebrate outstanding journalistic achievement with its annual awards dinner July 24. Come on out and celebrate!

A reception will be held in the Holeman Lounge beginning at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and a program at 7 p.m. in the ballroom.

This year, the competition was heated, with 29 more entries than last year. There were also new categories -- breaking news-print and breaking news-broadcast.

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Wash. Post, Virginian-Pilot reporters win Gerald Ford awards for journalistic excellence

June 4, 2012 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver | HeatherForsgrenWeaver@gmail.com

Washington Post and Virginian-Pilot reporters won Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation awards June 4 that honor journalists for their coverage of national defense and the White House.

The Post's Scott Wilson won the award presented at the National Press Club for distinguished reporting on the presidency. Corinne Reilly of the Virginian-Pilot received the award for national defense reporting for a series of stories on a combat hospital in Kandahar.

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Lack of civility in politics? Don't blame TV, "Hardball'' host Matthews says

June 4, 2012 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver | HeatherForsgrenWeaver@gmail.com

Political TV shows such as “Hardball” are not the reason for a lack of civility in politics, the program's host, Chris Matthews, told a National Press Club luncheon June 4.

Matthews, the featured speaker for the presentation of journalism awards by the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, faulted a lack of deal making for the shortage of civility.

“If you don’t negotiate, you will never make a deal, never arrive at any agreed-upon direction for the country,'' he said, adding that the key is listening to opposing viewpoints. “It is like being married.”

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Girl Scouts leader says organization will answer Bishops' questions

May 30, 2012 | By Justin Duckham | justin@talkradionews.com

The chief executive officer of the Girl Scouts of America, Anna Maria Chávez, said the century-old organization is working with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to address any concerns.

“We’re working with the Conference of Bishops to answer some questions they have,” Chávez said during a luncheon Wednesday. “We do not take positions on some of these issues that we’re being alleged to take positions on.”

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Club member Tony Culley-Foster to carry Olympic Torch

May 29, 2012 | By Bob Weiner | weinerpublic@comcast.net

National Press Club member Tony Culley-Foster will carry the Olympic Torch in Northern Ireland on June 5. He will run a stage of the 2012 Olympic Torch Relay in recognition of his commitment to volunteerism, youth development, education, sport and peace.

The Olympic Torch Relay, taking place from May 19 to July 27, will bring the Olympic Flame within 10 miles of 95 percent of the people in the United Kingdom. The Olympics are taking place in London this summer.

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Panel to discuss impact of the conviction of former Liberian President Taylor

May 24, 2012 | By Myron Belkind | myron.belkind@verizon.net

The global impact of the conviction of former Liberian president Charles Taylor of war crimes will be discussed by a panel of experts from 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, in the Holeman Lounge.

The panel discussion, organized by the International Correspondents Committee, follows the scheduled May 30 sentencing of Taylor for aiding and abetting war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by rebel forces during Sierra Leone’s decade-long civil war.

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"Crock" comic strip ending; author's drawings hang on Reliable Source wall

May 23, 2012 | By Frank Aukofer | faukofer@gmail.com

After more than 37 years, the "Crock" comic strip by Bill Rechin -- and, for a year, by his son and son-in-law -- came to an end on Sunday, May 20.

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USS Cole Commander to reveal full story of deadly Al Qaeda attack at June 28 book rap

May 22, 2012 | By Donna Leinwand Leger | dleinwand@usatoday.com

USS Cole Commander Kirk Lippold, a decorated former commanding officer of the USS Cole, is scheduled to speak on Thursday, June 28, about the harrowing details of the deadly Al Qaeda bomb attack on his ship in the port of Aden, Yemen, in 2000.

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Houston activist urges U.S. to address basic needs in Afghanistan

May 13, 2012 | By Robert Webb | rewebb@aol.com

Joanne Herring, whom Julia Roberts played in the 2007 movie, "Charlie Wilson's War," urged Congress and the nation at a May 10 NPC event to support her crusade to rescue Afghanistan from the Taliban by addressing basic needs.

She urges assistance to end the country's vast illiteracy, poverty and other needs.

Herring came to the Club directly from Capitol Hill where she had appealed for Congressional support for "winning the peace" by addressing those needs that also include clean water, health care, and better schools.

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Book Rap on AP breach of 1945 embargo sparks journalism ethics discussion

May 13, 2012 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver | HeatherForsgrenWeaver@gmail.com

Associated Press (AP) correspondent Ed Kennedy broke a military embargo in 1945 to announce the end of war in Europe, an action examined at a National Press Club Book Rap May 9.

The Book Rap presented Kennedy's memoir, "Ed Kennedy's War: V-E Day, Censorship and the Associated Press."

In May 1945, British and American military leaders invited 17 reporters, including Kennedy, to witness the signing that ended the war with the Germans in Reims, France. This signing, unlike the one on May 8 in Berlin, was not attended by the Russians.

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