National Press Club

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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Young Reviewer: 'Yum!' for Kids' Restaurant Week at Fourth Estate

June 23, 2010

Taylor Keane, daughter of NPC Membership Secretary Angela Greiling Keane, was the first kid to dine at the Fourth Estate this week for Kids' Restaurant Week, which goes through June 26. As the daughter of a reporter, Taylor was happy to answer a few questions about her experience.

Q: Can you tell us what is yummy in your dinner today?
A: Sweet potato fries and the chocolate mousse. All of it.

Q: What do you think makes it so yummy?
A: Because the people that made it practiced hard and worked hard.

Q: What would you like the Press Club chef to put on the kids' menu next

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New Stone Film Seeks to Change Image of Chavez, South America

June 23, 2010

“I’m not here to fight with you…well, maybe a little, but to shed some light on a great story taking place just beyond our borders,” said filmmaker Oliver Stone, in Washington to tout his new documentary, “South of the Border,” which opens in North America this week. The movie’s thesis: Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez is a good guy who only wants, like many of his South American peers, to peaceably lead their “democratic” nations.

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Feldman Fellowship Goes to Community-Newspaper Advocate

June 22, 2010

Bethany Chambers of Greentown, Ohio, is this year's winner of the $5,000 Feldman Fellowship, which she will use toward graduate studies at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in the fall.

The 25-year-old is a graduate of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. She coordinated the school newspaper's coverage when five basketball players were shot on campus, and the special edition she put out as managing editor won a Pennsylvania Newspaper Association award.

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Johns Hopkins CEO: Surge of Medicaid Patients Offers Problems, Rewards

June 21, 2010

The expansion of Medicaid, which will bring health coverage to 16 million disadvantaged Americans by 2019, “could be the most important and problematic” aspect of the new health insurance law, Dr. Edward Miller, dean the medical faculty at Johns Hopkins University medical school and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, warned at a Club luncheon June 21.

Yet, he said, the experience at Johns Hopkins shows that the surge in Medicaid patients – a majority of the 32 million Americans overall who will gain coverage -- could be “the most rewarding aspect of the entire law.”

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AID Administrator Calls Haiti Earthquake Source of Learning, Guide to Reform

June 18, 2010 | By Lorna Aldrich |

Rajiv Shah, administrator of the Agency for International Development, cited the earthquake in Haiti as a source of learning and a guide to shaping reform in the agency during a June 18 Luncheon.

The first example from Haiti that he listed was purchasing food locally so it was available immediately. He also said that vaccinating more than a million people prevented a major outbreak of disease.

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Andrew Young: 'Trying to Make Sense of the World'

June 17, 2010 | By Joseph Luchok |

“Mutual frustration led us to this book,” said Andrew Young. “I am trying to make sense of the world I live in.”

The former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. and mayor of Atlanta and his godson, Kabir Sehgal, were at the Club on June 16 to talk about and sign their new book, “Walk in My Shoes: Conversations Between a Civil Rights Legend and His Godson on the Journey Ahead.”

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Latvia 'On Way Back' to Financial Recovery, Official Says

June 16, 2010 | By Peter Hickman |

Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis of Latvia told a June 16 Newsmaker that his country is "well on its way back" to financial stability thanks to structural changes, internal devaluation and other economic reforms it has made.

The Baltic countries were all among the hardest hit by the financial crisis. In Latvia, the number of unemployed has more than tripled since the crisis, giving it the highest rate of unemployment growth in the European Union.

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Please Welcome 34 New Members

June 16, 2010 | By Myron Belkind |

Please Welcome 34 New Members

The Board of Governors approved 34 member applications June 14:

Frank Bass - Bloomberg News enterprise reporter; Sarah Cohen - Duke University, Knight Professor of Journalism & Public Policy; Jill Dougherty – CNN foreign affairs editor; Joyce Frieden - MedPage Today news editor; Nadar Gohar - Cairo News Co. chief editor

Active Reinstate
Dee Ann Divis - Washington Examiner assistant managing editor

Active Non-Resident
Ananda Mitra - Wake Forest University professor of communication; Heyecan N. Veziroglu – freelance journalist

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Fred Thompson: 'Prone to Go on to the Next Venture'

June 15, 2010 | By Frank Kane |

Fred Thompson says he owes his varied accomplishments in life to experiences in his youth and being “always prone to go on to the next venture.”

The former Tennessee senator, staff lawyer for Republican members of the congressional Watergate committee and actor discussed and signed his new book, “Teaching the Pig to Dance” at the Club on June 14.

The book is a memoir of growing up in the rural community of Lawrenceburg, Tenn., and how his family and associations there helped shape his future and his character.

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