National Press Club

NPC Welcomes 43 New Members

July 21, 2010

The Board of Governors approved 43 membership applications July 19. They include David L. Hunke, president and publisher of USA Today, and five representatives of international media.


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NPC 5K Participants Beat the Heat

July 17, 2010

Despite high heat and humidity, the winner of the National Press Club 5K on July 17 nearly set a record.

Gurmessa Kumssa Megers ran the course in 15:34, charging through temperatures headed north of 90 degrees, even at this year’s earlier start time, 8 a.m.

The event drew 759 participants and recorded the highest number of teams in its 13-year history ( Proceeds support training and scholarship programs at the NPC Eric Friedheim National Journalism Library.

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Horton Vows to Make Troops 'Fit to Fight'

July 16, 2010

Obesity in the military has become a national security issue, fitness trainer Tony Horton said at a Club luncheon July 16, describing his work with military leaders to reduce the rate, which has tripled in the past few years.

Horton, who is the marshal for the NPC's 5K race on July 17, discussed his plans to implement a “functional fitness” program in order to improve the health of the military.

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Williams: Discipline, Drive on Court Can Lead to Success in Any Field

July 7, 2010

Venus Williams has won five Wimbledon and two U.S. Open Championships on her way to becoming the third-ranked women’s tennis player in the world. She’s also established a clothing line and an interior design business.

The focus, discipline, drive and confidence that leads to success on the court provide the skills required to win off the court, Williams said at a July 7 NPC Luncheon, where she encouraged young people to participate in athletics.

“Sport will teach you how to compete; how to fight back; how to win,” Williams said. “Sports is the ultimate way to build confidence.”

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Durbin Says For-Profit Colleges Should be Reined In

July 1, 2010

Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., called for a check on the unregulated growth and rising costs of for-profit colleges at a Newsmaker press conference June 30. He compared the growth of for-profit educational institutions to the subprime mortgage bubble.

"There is growing concern that we could be looking at a repeat of the subprime mortgage fiasco, with low-income, high-risk students mortgaging their futures – not on overpriced homes this time, but on worthless diplomas," he said.

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What Do You Think of the New Site Design?

June 30, 2010

The National Press Club's new website design debuts today, with access to thousands of luncheons televised over three decades, larger photos and a more-efficient search function on a revamped .

An easier-to-read daily calendar and a spotlight on events that showcase the best of the National Press Club to the world will help the Press Club live up to its name as the world's leading professional organization for journalists, said Club President Alan Bjerga. As it continues to evolve, the site will better serve its members and the journalism it values.

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25th Anniversary of Washington, National Press Clubs Merger Saluted

June 25, 2010

The 25th anniversary of the merger of the National Press Club and the Washington Press Club was celebrated June 24 in an evening of remembrances that included remarks by members of the negotiating team that crafted the agreement that combined the historically rival organizations.

In 1985 the WPC had a predominately female membership, and the NPC had members of both sexes but had barred female members until 1971. Negotations -- spirited at times -- had been underway for nearly a month when the agreement was reached to combine the two clubs for journalists effective July 1, 1985.

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Indian Business Leaders Say More Trade with US Helps Both Countries

June 24, 2010

Increased trade between US and Indian businesses increases jobs in both countries and helps official relations between the nations, Indian business leaders said at a June 14 Newsmaker press conference.

Rajan Bharti Mittal, president of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, and Amit Mitra, the group’s secretary general, said continued investment by Indians in U.S. companies would increase the efficiency of American companies.

“If jobs are moving (to India), we have to realize they are wasting efficiency in American companies,” Mittal said.

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UN Drug Report Shows Shift to New Drugs, Markets

June 24, 2010

The 2010 United Nations World Drug Report, issued at a June 23 Newsmaker press conference, shows a "shift toward new drugs and new markets," according to Antonio Maria Costa, executive director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime.

Costa said that while drug cultivation is declining in Afghanistan (for opium) and the Andean countries (coca),and has "stabilized" in the developed world, "there are signs of an increase in drug use in developing countries, and growing use of amphetamine-type stimulants and prescription drugs around the world."

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NPC Praises Pardon of Sri Lankan Journalist

June 23, 2010

The National Press Club praised the pardoning of Sri Lankan journalist J.S. Tissainayagam, who had been convicted under the country's anti-terrorism laws for articles he had written.

"We are grateful that J.S. Tissainayagam has been pardoned,' NPC President Alan Bjerga said. "No journalists should be imprisoned for doing their jobs. I hope this pardon is an example for countries around the world that continue to hold reporters in violation of basic journalistic freedoms."

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