National Press Club

Dennis Quaid Features Club in Film "Chasing Zero"

April 26, 2010 | By Melissa Charbonneau |

Dennis Quaid's April 12 National Press Club address on preventing dangerous medical errors is featured in the actor's new documentary, "Chasing Zero: Winning the War on Healthcare Harm.”

Quaid, a patients' rights advocate, launched the film project as a result of the near-fatal Heparin overdose of his newborn twins in 2007.

The film is scheduled to be nationally televised on The Discovery Channel on Saturday, May 1, as the first in ongoing patient health care series.

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S. Korea Economic Official Previews G20, Sees Bank Levy Possible

April 26, 2010 | By Peter Hickman |

The establishment of a global lending entity will be high on the agenda of the next G20 meeting, a U.S.-based economic adviser to the president of South Korea said at an April 23 Newsmaker press conference. The meeting finance ministers and world bank governors will be held in South Korea in November.

Hyun-Song Shin, also a professor of economics at Princeton University, said the international lending agency could be patterned after a March currency trade accord among South Korea, Japan, China and some southeast Asian countries.

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Science Fair Champ, Gay-Rights Activist Win Zimmerman, Club Scholarships

April 23, 2010 | By Andrea Snyder |

A science fair prize-taker and a gay-rights activist are the winners of the two scholarships the National Press Club awards high school seniors each spring.

Cathryn Walker of San Antonio, Texas, will receive the $5,000 Richard G. Zimmerman Journalism Scholarship, and Mary Susman of Omaha, Nebraska, will take the National Press Club Scholarship for Journalism Diversity, which is up to $10,000 over four years.

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Weiner Public News Joins 5K as Sponsor

April 23, 2010 | By Jessica Brady |

Weiner Public News has become a sponsor of the National Press Club's Beat the Deadline 5K.

The 5K Committee would like to thank Club member and loyal 5K runner Robert Weiner for his generosity and looks forward to seeing him cross the finish line on July 17!

Here is recent coverage of the race:

Washington Examiner


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Widow of Slain Sri Lankan Journalist Describes His Murder

April 22, 2010 | By Gil Klein |

Sri Lankan journalist Sonali Samarasinghe, widow of slain Sunday Leader editor Lasantha Wickramatunga, described his assassination as she accepted the National Press Club’s 2009 International Freedom of the Press Award given to her husband posthumously on April 21.

“Lasantha and I were used to being threatened,” said Samarasinghe, who also worked for The Sunday Leader in Colombo, Sri Lanka. “Over the years, he had been followed, dragged from his car, attacked with clubs and nearly arrested for what he wrote.”

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Corn-Waste Fuel Market Needs Gov't Help, Ethanol Maker Says

April 22, 2010 | By Mark Schoeff Jr.

Creating a viable market for fuel derived from the leftovers of a corn harvest will require Congress to extend tax breaks for ethanol and increase the amount of the alternative fuel allowed in gasoline, according to the head of one of the industry’s leading companies.

“We need to have better market access and more stable government policy,” said Jeff Broin, chief executive of POET, a South Dakota-based ethanol producer, at an April 21 Newsmaker press conference.

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Wolf Trap, VIP Travel, Sysco, State Dept. Federal Credit Union Added as 5K Sponsors

April 22, 2010

The National Press Club: Beat the Deadline 5K is proud to announce more sponsors!

Thanks to Wolf Trap, VIP Travel, Sysco and the State Department Federal Credit Union, who join a growing list of supporters whose generosity benefits the Eric Friedheim National Journalism Library and the 5K run/walk, which will be held on July 17.

To become a sponsor, please contact Jessica Brady at .

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Club Welcomes 24 New Members

April 21, 2010 | By Myron Belkind |

The Board of Governors approved 24 new member applications at its meeting on Monday, April 19.

Misha McK - Misha & Friends Media, Inc./ABC 7, Cooking Up a Better Life With Misha/Host; Jorgen Ullerup - Jyllands Posten, Washington Correspondent; Giles Whittell - The Times of London, Washington Bureau Chief

Active Non-Resident:
Carl Hersh, Miami, Fla. -Close-Up Productions, Inc.,Videographer, Producer; Thomas R. Greve, Hillsdale, N.J. - Summit Business Media - Credit Union Times, Publisher

Active Non-Resident 65+ Reinstate:

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Levin Stresses Middle Class Benefits in Tax, Trade Policy

April 19, 2010 | By Mark Schoeff Jr.

New House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Sander Levin, D-Mich., said he is focusing on the middle class as he leads the panel in formulating tax and trade policies.

One of the major items on the committee agenda is addressing tax cuts approved during the Bush administration that are set to expire this year. As Congress begins those talks, Levin hopes to help Americans that he asserts President George W. Bush left behind.

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Cook Has an Artist's Eye

April 19, 2010 | By Peter Urban |

With a pepper in her left hand, Violeta Urteaga deftly goes to work with her pairing knife. A few moments later, a tulip emerges ready to join a color-rich display aimed to whet the appetite of luncheon guests at the National Press Club.
Urteaga has worked for nearly eight years at the Club preparing salads and cold-cut platters for the restaurants and banquet services that have been praised by members and guests for their aesthetic appeal.

Urteaga's creative eye and skilled hands turn the ordinary into the extraordinary, according to Executive Chef Susan Delbert.

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