National Press Club

Wizards, Caps owner seeks to give back to D.C.

May 21, 2010 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. | markschoeff@gmail.com

Like other owners of professional sports teams, Ted Leonsis got into the game to win. For him, though, victory involves more than beating an opponent on the ice or the court.

“I want to bring our city closer together,” said Leonsis, who owns the Washington Capitals hockey team and will soon assume control of the Washington Wizards basketball team. “I’d like to give back to the community.”

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DNC chairman urges GOP to help rebuild economy

May 19, 2010 | By Robert Webb | rewebb@aol.com

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine said his party will go all-out to ensure the mid-term congressional elections help continue the country's economic recovery against what he said was "near-united Republican opposition." At a May 19 luncheon, he said Democrats would welcome "good ideas" from Republicans on how to restore the nation's economic health.

His remarks came in the wake of key votes in three states the day before -- Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Arkansas.

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NPC welcomes 23 new members

May 19, 2010 | By Myron Belkind, Club Secretary | myron.belkind@verizon.net

The Board of Governors approved 23 member applications Monday.

Active
Michael Bolden - The Washington Post, Development & Transportation Editor; Leonard Doyle - Unfreemedia.org, Editor, Writer, Admin; Ron Mokwena - Misha & Friends Media Inc., Executive Producer

Active Reinstate
Richard Eisendorf - Freelance Consultant, Advising Producer, Advisor to TV Productions

Active Non-Resident

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NPC hails signing of press freedom law

May 17, 2010 | By John Hughes | Jhughes5@bloomberg.net

The National Press Club hailed the signing of the Daniel Pearl Freedom of the Press Act, which will bring greater scrutiny to the treatment of the news media around the world.

The law, which was approved by the House in December and the Senate in April, expands the State Department's annual report on countries to include the status of press freedoms.

Where there are severe violations of those freedoms, the report will examine whether countries participate in, or condone, the restrictions.

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U.S. Chamber president calls for quick action to create jobs

May 14, 2010 | By Robert Webb | rewebb@aol.com

Congress and the administration should act quickly to approve free-trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea, U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue said at a Press Club Luncheon May 14.

He spoke on the eve of his trip to China where he said he would have frank discussions with leaders in Beijing and Shanghai.

With a tone of urgency, Donahue summoned the nation's leaders to act quickly to approve the three FTAs that he said are essential to create more trade and help reduce unemployment.

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Panel: FOIAs can pay off, but they take persistence

May 13, 2010 | By Angela Greiling Keane | agreilingkea@bloomberg.net

When President Obama took office, he and Attorney General Eric Holder promised a more transparent government. That promise has not entirely been fulfilled, a three-person panel discussing the Freedom of Information Act said at a May 11 professional development event.

The panel - Lucy Dalglish, Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press executive director; Matt Winkler, Bloomberg News editor in chief; and James Grimaldi, a Washington Post investigative reporter - told of their frustrations and successes in using FOIA.

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Iranian writer describes Tehran oppression

May 12, 2010 | By Peter Hickman | pjhickman@hotmail.com

Iranian dissident Akbar Ganji, who went from anti-Shah activist and Revolutionary Guard member to investigative journalist and government critic, told a May 10 Newsmaker press conference of oppressive measures the regime of President Mahmoud Ahmadenijad takes against those who disagree with it.

"Anyone merely accused officially of acting against state interests is barred from working a journalist forever," Ganji said.

Discrimination against women, he added, "is far more intense than against any other group" in Iran.

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Seyfarth & Shaw, Giant Food join 5K donors helping with journalism training, scholarships

May 12, 2010

The law firm Seyfarth & Shaw has become a sponsor of the Beat the Deadline 5K. Giant Food will supply fruit for the July 17 event.

The race raises money for the operations of the Club's non-profit arm, the Eric Friedheim National Journalism Library, as well as its training and scholarship programs.

If you're interested in joining the growing list of sponsors, email committee chairwoman Jessica Brady at jessicabrady@rollcall.com

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Drug Czar: Youth exposed to pro-drug messages

May 12, 2010 | By Terry Hill | terry@terryhillcommunications.com

“Kids today are exposed to huge, huge amounts of media-directed programs that are pro-growth messages,” National Drug Control Policy Director R. Gil Kerlikowske said at a Speakers press conference May 12.

He outlined Obama administration's new drug control strategy designed to align the strength of local, state, tribal and federal agencies, community-based organizations and non-governmental partners.

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Bankers Assn., BB&T, Weiner Public News Sponsor 5K

May 3, 2010

The American Bankers Association, BB&T and Weiner Public News are the newest sponsors of the Club's 5K.

The Beat the Deadline 5K, the Club's annual race, raises money for the diversity scholarship and the training programs of the Club's nopn-profit arm, the Eric Friedheim
National Journalism Library.

If you are interested in adding your name to the list of supporters, please mail 5K Committee Chairwoman Jessica Brady at jessicabrady@rollcall.com .

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