National Press Club

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.

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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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Please Welcome 32 New Club Members

November 29, 2010

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

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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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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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Jeff Bridges Says Campaign to End Hunger is His Most Significant Act

November 11, 2010

Working to end hunger "is the most significant thing I have done," an emotional Jeff Bridges told a sold-out NPC luncheon audience Nov. 10 as he helped kick off a national campaign to end childhood hunger in the U.S. by 2015. The Oscar-winning actor, still sporting the long hair and beard from his role as gritty country-Western singer Bad Blake in "Crazy Heart," choked up when asked what has been his biggest challenge in being a famous person.

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Club Member Silimeo Named Washington PR Woman of the Year

November 11, 2010

Club member Debra Silimeo was named 2010 Washington PR Woman of the Year by Washington Women in Public Relations.

WWPR presents the award annually to a senior-level Washington area female public relations practitioner who has provided dedicated service to the profession. It also honors the recipient for mentoring others in the field and serving as a volunteer and leader in the community.

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Kazakhstan Working on Human Rights Shortcomings, Speaker Says

November 1, 2010

Kazakhstan is aware of criticism that it is not paying enough attention to human rights in the central Asian country and is working to improve conditions, an advisor to the Kazakh president said at an Oct. 29 Newsmaker press conference.

Yermukhamet Yertsybayev said laws making libel no longer a criminal act were passed specifically with the media in mind.

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