National Press Club

FDA Commissioner Calls for More, Better Regulatory Science

October 6, 2010

Regulatory science -- the bridge between scientific developments and consumer products -- is"not as robust as it needs to be" in the U.S., the head of the Food and Drug Administartion said at a luncheon Oct. 6.

Margaret Hamburg said regulatory science has been "under appreciated and under funded," but she is "guardedly optimistic" that funding will increase in the 2011 budget.

The FDA commissioner issued awhite paper, "Advancing Regulatory Science for Public Health," at the luncheon.

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Menendez, Cornyn Discuss Upcoming Election

September 30, 2010

Republicans have a huge edge in enthusiasm heading toward Election Day, but Democrats' poll numbers are rising as more voters focus on who will fight for them, leaders of the two parties' Senate campaign committees said at a Club luncheon Sept. 29.

Sens. John Cornyn of Texas, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and Bob Menendez of New Jersey, chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, parsed the upcoming Senate elections in 34 states.

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Fight Against World Hunger Making Progress, UN Exec Says

September 29, 2010

“The solution to hunger is not quite rocket science,” the head of the world’s largest humanitarian organization leading the fight against world hunger said at a Sept. 29 luncheon.

“Many nations have defeated hunger, and it doesn’t require some great new scientific breakthrough like discovering a cure for cancer. It is, on one level, quite simple: People need access to an adequate amount of nutritious food,” said Josette Sheeran, executive director of the World Food Program.

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'C Street' Author Discusses Sex, Religion, Politics

September 28, 2010

“I have been reporting religion and politics for 10 years, but what brings me to the Press Club tonight is sex,” said Jeff Sharlet, author of "C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy," which he discussed on Sept. 27.

Sharlet said there was little interest in his book until sex scandals broke about three politicians who lived at the C Street house: then-Rep. Mark Sanford, Sen. John Ensign and Rep. Chip Pickering, all religious Republican politicians who were revealed to be having extramarital affairs.

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Colombian Politician Says Press Was Instrumental in Her Release from Capture

September 23, 2010

"It is because of the press all over the world, because of people like you, that I am alive," said Ingrid Betancourt, recounting her 6 1/2-year ordeal as a hostage in the Colombian jungle at the Club Sept. 22. "As a hostage, I was deprived of everything, even my name, but you kept my name alive."

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Presidential Debates Key to US Politics, Panelists Say

September 22, 2010

The presidential debates have become a signature event in American life, joining state of the union messages and inaugural addresses as one of the few galvanizing civic occasions of the nation, panelists marking the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy-Nixon debates told host Marvin Kalb Sept. 21.

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Please Welcome 28 New Members

September 15, 2010

The NPC Board of Governors approved 28 membership applications Sept. 14:

David Hodes - DH Productions/Anthem Publishing, freelance/editor, business publications

Active 65+ Reinstate
Dorothy Gilliam - George Washington University, director, Prime Movers Media

Active Non-Resident

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President of Bread for the World Calls for Change in Politics of Hunger

September 13, 2010

The U.S. has not made sustained progress against poverty since the 1960s and early 1970s when the poverty rate was cut in half, said anti-hunger and poverty advocate David Beckmann at a luncheon Sept. 13.

"If countries as different as Bangladesh, Brazil and Britain can reduce poverty, it’s clearly possible in the USA," said Beckmann, an economist and ordained Lutheran minister who has been president of Bread for the World since 1991. "As a nation, we have opportunities to moderate what the economy is doing to hungry and poor people."

He said influencing politics is the key.

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ABC Veteran Hired to Run NPC Broadcast Operations

September 13, 2010

ABC News veteran Vija Udenans has been hired as director of broadcast operations effective Oct. 4.

Udenans, whose career at ABC spanned more than 20 years, was ABC’s White House producer from 1994 to 2007. Recently she has been a Washington-based producer for “World News Tonight” and “Good Morning America." Earlier in her career, Udenans was director of broadcast operations for the ABC News Washington bureau.

She has received the Peabody Award and the Dupont-Columbia Award, both for coverage of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

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Golden Owl Simeon Booker Honored by Congressional Black Caucus

September 9, 2010

NPC Golden Owl Simeon Booker will receive the Phoenix Award from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Sept. 18.

The Club's 1982 Fourth Estate Award winner, Booker will be recognized for his more than 55 years as Washington bureau chief of Ebony and Jet magazines, during which his coverage of the civil rights movement became a part of the nation’s history.

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