National Press Club

Jim Lehrer of PBS wins 2011 Fourth Estate Award

April 4, 2011 | By Jerry Zremski | jzremski@buffnews.com

Jim Lehrer, who has set a standard of broadcast excellence at PBS for more than 35 years, has been selected as the winner of the National Press Club’s 2011 Fourth Estate Award, the highest honor presented by the world’s leading professional organization for journalists.

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Hospital executive says academic medical centers contribute breakthroughs

April 4, 2011 | By Kimberly Mikec | kimberly.mikec@gmail.com

Academic medical centers have produced breakthroughs in medicine but could be threatened by the health care reform law, Dr. Herbert Pardes, president and chief exeuctive of New York-Presbyterian Hospital, said at a March 31 Newsmaker.

The centers are the “jewels in the crown of American medicine,” he said, referring to a quote by the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan. They “reach profoundly into the lives of millions of people, with lifesaving treatments.”

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Rocker, author, environmentalist Leavell says growth can be smart

March 30, 2011 | By Richard Lee

Rocker-Environmentalist and now author Chuck Leavell says rapid U.S. population growth with lead to environmental calamity if people fail to build more efficiently and take better care of the country's natural resources.

Leavell, a late-blooming environmentalist who is also a well-known keyboardist with rock groups including the Allman Brothers, Eric Clapton, and the Rolling Stones, co-founded the popular website Mother Nature Network. He spoke Tuesday at a National Press Club Newsmaker about his new book Growing A Better America.

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FBI's growing portfolio requires new leadership, Graff tells NPC book rap

March 30, 2011 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver

As the Obama administration chooses the next FBI director, it should look for someone with strong managerial skills _ a chief executive rather than a law enforcement or intelligence official, Garrett M. Graff told a National Press Club audience Tuesday.

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Author Kim Barker says Afghan people yearn for war to end

March 28, 2011 | By Jeffery King | Jefferyking86@hotmail.com

The people of Afghanistan are exhausted by the constant state of warfare in the country and yearn for its conclusion, regardless of who is winning, the author of a new book told an audience at the National Press Club on March 24.

Kim Barker called her book Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan “a darkly funny story.” In the book, she recounts her experiences as a Chicago Tribune correspondent and as a woman in the countries from 2002 to 2009.

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Social media provides new challenges, opportunities for broadcast media, Diane Sawyer tells Club

March 24, 2011 | By Gil Klein | gilbert.klein@yahoo.com

Television newscasts can co-exist – and thrive – in the Internet age if the networks use the Internet’s resources to create a compelling newscast, Diane Sawyer, ABC World News anchor, told host Marvin Kalb on March 22.

“I don’t see it as a competition with the Internet,” Sawyer said on the latest edition of the Club’s “The Kalb Report.” “We have to be out there creating a unique and important conversation, answering questions in unique and important ways so that you want to come to us.”

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Defected Libyan ambassadors pledge effort to oust Gaddafi

March 16, 2011 | By Robert Webb | rewebb@aol.com

Libyans from across North America pledged their support of the movement against Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi at a March 11 event that brought at least 18 news organizations -- including Press TV of Tehran -- to the National Press Club ballroom.

Both defecting Libyan ambassadors -- Abdel Rahman Shalgam from the United Nations and Washington-based Ali Aujali -- were also there.

The ambassadors made clear their support for the Libyan Republic's Interim Transitional National Council (ITNC), which is representing the protesters. They now represent the Council in the United States.

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Conyers urges legislation to prevent gun violence in wake of Giffords shooting

March 15, 2011 | By Lisa Gillespie and Bob Weiner | Lvgilles@gmail.com, weinerpublic@comcast.net

Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., ranking minority member of the House Judiciary Committee, is calling on Congress to take action on gun control in the wake of the January shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz.

At a March 14 Newsmaker, Conyers advocated checks on gun buyers, standing up to the National Rifle Association and a reenactment of the Federal Assault Weapons Ban, which expired in 2004.

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Shearer: News "template" obscured true Katrina story of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' failure

March 14, 2011 | By Terry Hill | terry@terryhillcommunications.com

Locking itself into a news coverage “template,” the mainstream media focused solely on the emotional aspect of damage caused to New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and deliberately avoided the major culprit of the disaster — flooding enabled by flawed U.S. Army Corps of Engineer design and construction, comedian-filmmaker Harry Shearer charged during a National Press Club luncheon on March 14.

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Tucson massacre catalyzes effort to help mentally ill

March 11, 2011

A quarter of U.S. adults are mentally ill or have addictions but fewer than half get treatment, Linda Rosenberg, president of the Washington D.C.-based National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare(NCCBH), said at a March 10 Newsmaker.

Her remarks came as the Council stepped up in the wake of the January Tuscon disaster its effort to help people recognize and aid victims of mental illness.

"A tragic event or a famous person gets our attention, but the real faces of mental illness are far more ordinary," she said.

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