National Press Club

'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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Obama Economist Says Odds of a Double-Dip Recession 'Very Small'

September 1, 2010

The odds of a double-dip recession "are clearly very small," Christina Romer, outgoing chairwoman of the president's Council of Economic Advisers, said at a Sept. 1 luncheon.

She warned that the greatest threat to the economic recovery is the temptation to withdraw growth-inducing policies too soon. The 9.5 percent unemployment rate is at "an unacceptable level by any metric."

An expert on the Great Depression, Romer cited the example of 1937-38, when recovery from the depths of the early 1930s led to premature removal of economic support and a subsequent economic decline in 1938.

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Asian American Journalists Honor NPC Member

September 1, 2010

NPC member Albert W. Young has been inducted into the Asian American Pioneer Journalists Honor Roll.

Young, a Club member since 1995, is a copy editor for the Boston Globe. He was the first Asian-American sports writer a major metropolitan daily when he began his career at the Bridgeport Post-Telegram in Connecticut in 1970.

When he lived in Washington, Young was an editor/writer for the sports department at USA Today.

Others inducted into the honor roll include Connie Chung, Ben Fong Torres and the late Ken Kashiwahara.

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DCCC Chairman Predicts Dems Will Keep House Majority

August 30, 2010

Democrats will retain a majority in the House in the 2010 elections, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, predicted at an Aug. 27 Newsmaker press conference. He said Democrats will use a three-pronged strategy: a move-forward agenda, effective field operations and a reliance on voter anger at “extreme” GOP candidates.

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