National Press Club

Opponents Say Venezuelan President Chavez Violates Constitution

January 13, 2011

Three Venezuelan opposition political leaders from different parties told a Jan. 12 Newsmaker that "anti-democratic" actions by President Hugo Chavez and the National Assembly have led to "the alarming weakening of...Venezuelan democracy, alterations to the constitutional order and...disrespect for popular will as expressed in parliamentary elections" in September.

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Pawlenty: Downward Drift Threatens U.S. Security

January 13, 2011

The nation is in a downward spiral that could deepen its economic crisis and threaten its security, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty told a Jan. 13 luncheon audience packing the ballroom.

"There is something amiss," Pawlenty said. Americans are losing their "sense of hope in the future," as result of the federal government's huge and mounting debt.

He left no doubt that he would make deficit and debt reduction his prioity if he became president. He said he would decide in the next two months whether to seek the Republican Party's 2012 nomination.

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Red Cross Chief Executive Outlines Haiti Relief

January 12, 2011

Raising nearly $500 million for Haiti relief, erasing a budget deficit and strengthening its ability to generate donations through social media are among the accomplishments of the American Red Cross over the last year, according to its chief executive.

“The depth and breadth of what we do continues to amaze even me,” said Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the American Red Cross, at a Jan. 12 National Press Club luncheon.

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Please Welcome 16 New Members

December 15, 2010

The Board of Governors approved 16 membership applications at its meeting Dec. 13.

Bruce Edwards – Canadian Broadcasting Corp., producer and manager, U.S. operations; Merrill Goozner – The Fiscal Times, senior correspondent; Liz Skinner – Crain Communications, reporter

Journalist Non-Resident

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Hoyer Says House Will OK Tax Cuts with Amendments

December 14, 2010

Out-going House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said the House will pass President Obama’s tax compromise bill, but Democrats will offer amendments to reduce breaks for estates and the wealthy.

At a Newsmaker press conference Dec. 13, Hoyer said that while the middle-class tax cuts will help the economy, breaks for the rich will have minimal value. He was particularly critical of raising the estate tax break to $5 million, which he said exempts “just the 39,000 wealthiest Americans” who “do not need” tax assistance.

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Mark Hamrick, AP Broadcast Journalist, Elected Club President

December 10, 2010

Associated Press broadcast journalist Mark Hamrick was elected the National Press Club's 104th president Dec, 10. He will take office during the annual membership meeting Jan. 21, 2011, succeeding Alan Bjerga, Bloomberg News correspondent, for a one-year term.

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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.

Click here to read it.

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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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