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Red Cross Chief Executive Outlines Haiti Relief

January 12, 2011

Raising nearly $500 million for Haiti relief, erasing a budget deficit and strengthening its ability to generate donations through social media are among the accomplishments of the American Red Cross over the last year, according to its chief executive.

“The depth and breadth of what we do continues to amaze even me,” said Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the American Red Cross, at a Jan. 12 National Press Club luncheon.

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Please Welcome 16 New Members

December 15, 2010

The Board of Governors approved 16 membership applications at its meeting Dec. 13.

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Bruce Edwards – Canadian Broadcasting Corp., producer and manager, U.S. operations; Merrill Goozner – The Fiscal Times, senior correspondent; Liz Skinner – Crain Communications, reporter

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Hoyer Says House Will OK Tax Cuts with Amendments

December 14, 2010

Out-going House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said the House will pass President Obama’s tax compromise bill, but Democrats will offer amendments to reduce breaks for estates and the wealthy.

At a Newsmaker press conference Dec. 13, Hoyer said that while the middle-class tax cuts will help the economy, breaks for the rich will have minimal value. He was particularly critical of raising the estate tax break to $5 million, which he said exempts “just the 39,000 wealthiest Americans” who “do not need” tax assistance.

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Mark Hamrick, AP Broadcast Journalist, Elected Club President

December 10, 2010

Associated Press broadcast journalist Mark Hamrick was elected the National Press Club's 104th president Dec, 10. He will take office during the annual membership meeting Jan. 21, 2011, succeeding Alan Bjerga, Bloomberg News correspondent, for a one-year term.

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Bjerga Featured in Alumni Magazine

December 9, 2010

Club President Alan Bjerga was the featured alumni profile in this month's issue of Minnesota magazine, the alumni publication of the University of Minnesota.

Bjerga, who received a master's degree in mass communication from the university in 1998, discusses Lutheran church potlucks, former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura, and the growth and vitality of journalism and the National Press Club.

Click here to read it.

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Club Welcomes World Press Freedom Day May 3

December 8, 2010

The National Press Club is honored to be the central site of the global observance of World Press Freedom Day on May 3, Club President Alan Bjerga said.

The program, under the theme, "21st Century Media: New Frontiers, New Barriers," will be held May 1-3, 2011 in Washington, with events on May 3 -- when World Press Freedom Day is officially observed -- centered at the National Press Club. More than 20 organizations working to advance free expression worldwide are collaborating with the United Nations and the U.S. State Department to plan the events.

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Coca-Cola CEO Sees Bright Future for His Company, U.S.

December 2, 2010

As Coca-Cola Co., an American corporate icon, approaches its 125th anniversary, its best days are ahead, said chairman and CEO, Muhtar Kent, at a Luncheon Dec. 1. And the same goes, he said, for the United States.

Calling himself “an unabashed optimist,” Kent predicted “unprecedented levels of growth and prosperity for years to come” for the U.S., which in turn provides “an incredible opportunity” for Coke to build upon its already-entrenched position one of the world’s best-known brand names.

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China Threatening to Outpace U.S. in Scientific Innovation, Energy Secretary Says

November 29, 2010

The U.S. faces a major crisis in its ability to provide scientific innovation, Energy Secretary Steven Chu said at a Club Luncheon Nov. 29. He described the agency’s efforts to give the nation an edge through investments in clean energy innovation.

Noting rapid advances in research and development spending and trends by other nations, especially China, Chu said America’s technological leadership -- the key to its prosperity -- is at risk.

“When it comes to innovation, Americans don’t take a back seat to anyone, and we certainly won’t start now,” he said.

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Please Welcome 32 New Club Members

November 29, 2010

The Board of Governors approved 32 member applications Nov. 22.

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Press and Presidents: Sometimes a Stormy Mix, Panelists Say

November 20, 2010

Did any president really like the news media?

That was the question host Marvin Kalb put to his panel at the Nov. 16 “The Kalb Report” as they considered the often stormy relationship between the press and the president during more than 200 years of American history.

President Gerald Ford seemed to like reporters, all of the panelists – ABC’s Sam Donaldson and historians Douglas Brinkley and Martha Joynt Kumar -- agreed.

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