National Press Club

Russert Welcomed with 40 Other New Club Members

March 24, 2010

The Board of Governors welcomes Luke Russert among the new members approved this year. Russert, a Washington correspondent for NBC News, is part of the Club's fastest-growing membership category, young members for (under age 35). Russert, the son of the late "Meet the Press" host Tim Russert, followed in his father's footsteps after college.

-- Angela Greiling Keane, membership secretary, agreilingkea@bloomberg.net

Please join us in welcoming these 40 other members whose applications were approved March 22:

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Liz Carpenter, Former Washington Press Club President, Dies at 89

March 22, 2010

Liz Carpenter, Lady Bird Johnson's press secretary during her tenure as first lady and president of the Washigton Press Club in 1954, died March 20 in Austin.

Carpenter was an advocate for women in all aspects of public life and was instrumental in what Helen Thomas described as "our first foot in the door" at the all-male National Press Club. After her term as president of the Washington Press Club, Thomas said in the NPC documentary, Liz Carpenter negotiated an arrangement with the NPC leadership so female reporters could sit in the balcony to cover news-making luncheons.

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EU Commissioner Predicts Clean Nations Will Rule Politically

March 21, 2010 | By Tejinder Singh | tejindersinghdc@gmail.com

It is time for the U.S. to act or be left behind in tackling climate change, the European Union’s top official on Climate Change strategy said at a Newsmaker March 18, adding that in future energy efficient nations will also rule politically.

European Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard told a Newsmaker press conference that “countries like China, South Korea, Brazil and India are moving and moving very fast towards a low-carbon growth strategy, bringing out the question: Where will the jobs in future will come? Which regions will be leading in this?

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Club Member Amanpour Takes Helm of ABC's 'This Week'

March 19, 2010

CNN chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour will take over as anchor of ABC's Sunday morning politics and policy talk show, "This Week" in August.

Amanpour received the 2008 Fourth Estate Award, the Club's highest honor.

Amanpour, one of the country's most respected international correspondents, will also appear on other ABC News programs and platforms to provide international analysis of the important issues of the day, ABC News said in its announcement. She will anchor primetime documentaries on international subjects for ABC.

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Club Applauds Senators for Bill to Improve FOIA

March 18, 2010 | By John Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club lauded a bill soon to be introduced in the Senate that aims to speed up the processing of public requests for documents under the Freedom of Information Act.

Two senators who have long championed press freedom and open government legislation, Democrat Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont and Republican John Cornyn of Texas, unveiled the Faster FOIA Act. The measure would set up an advisory commission that would make recommendations to Congress on ways to expedite the process of obtaining information from U.S. agencies.

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Club Applauds Senators for Bill to Improve FOIA

March 18, 2010 | By John Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club lauded a bill soon to be introduced in the Senate that aims to speed up the processing of public requests for documents under the Freedom of Information Act.

Two senators who have long championed press freedom and open government legislation, Democrat Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont and Republican John Cornyn of Texas, unveiled the Faster FOIA Act. The measure would set up an advisory commission that would make recommendations to Congress on ways to expedite the process of obtaining information from U.S. agencies.

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Banker Urges US to Spend Less

March 17, 2010 | By Tejinder Singh | tejindersinghdc@gmail.com

The stimulus program is working, but there's a need for new programs to save America from budget deficit fallout, Bob Kelly, chairman and CEO of BNY Mellon said at a Newsmaker March 11.

“We walked right to the edge of global depression and made it back,” he said. “Most banks are now back and healthy again except a few.”
But he predicted a recession in five to seven years caused by the federal deficit.

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Former GOP Leader Chides Republicans as Straying from Conservatism

March 15, 2010 | By Ken Dalecki | kdalecki@hotmail.com

Activists in the conservative Tea Party movement are not wedded to the Republican Party but view it as their best hope for restoring fiscal restraint, smaller government and free market principles in Washington, FreedomWorks Chairman Dick Armey told a Luncheon audience March 15.

Armey, who holds a doctorate degree in economics and spent 18 years as a Republican in Congress until retiring in 2003, had some harsh words for the GOP and a few kind ones for Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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Trade Rep. Kirk Pushes Obama's Free Trade Agenda

March 10, 2010 | By Gil Klein | gilbert.klein@yahoo.com

Expanding international trade, especially with growing markets in the Pacific and East Asia, will help revive the U.S. economy and should be embraced by the American people, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk told the Club March 9.

“In the last quarter of 2009, some economists believe that exports alone accounted for more than half of all U.S. economic growth,” Kirk said at a Luncheon.

In the last quarter, the U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 5.7 percent, he said, but U.S. exports “grew at a clip of 18 percent.”

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War Reporting is Journalism in the Midst of Humanity, Correspondents Say

March 10, 2010 | By Gil Klein | gilbert.klein@yahoo.com

War correspondents are a breed apart in journalism – people who are willing to risk their lives in the most dangerous situations to bring back a story to the American people. At a March 8 Kalb Report, four leading war correspondents said they do it because it's the only way to get the story.

“You can’t write credibly about what the United States is doing in Afghanistan without being there,” Rajiv Chandrasekaran, a senior correspondent and associate editor of the Washington Post, told host Marvin Kalb.

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