National Press Club

Please Welcome 19 New Members

January 19, 2010 | By Myron Belkind, Club Secretary |

The Board of Governors approved 19 membership applications Jan. 15. The new members are:

Active: David J. Friar - Associated Press, Reporter/Producer; Julienne Marie Gage - Indagar Media Corp., Freelance Journalist/Producer; Holly Rosenkrantz – Bloomberg, Reporter

Active Non-Resident: Neil St. Clair , Martinsville, NJ - News 10 Now/Time Warner Cable, Television Reporter; Katherine Winn, Los Angeles, CA - Associated Press/Getty Images/Corbis Freelance, Photographer/Photojournalist

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Bjerga Becomes 103rd NPC President

January 15, 2010 | By Sylvia Smith

Alan Bjerga, a reporter for Bloomberg News, was installed as the 103rd president of the National Press Club at the annual membership meeting Jan. 15.

Bjerga accepted the gavel from past President Sylvia Smith, who stood in for President Donna Leinwand. Leinwand, a reporter for USA Today, was dispatched to Haiti to cover the earthquake and rescue efforts so was not able to attend the meeting.

A black-tie party celebrating Bjerga's inaugural is Jan. 30. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased by calling 202-662-7501 or by emailing

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S.C. Attorney General Raises Concerns about Health Bill

January 15, 2010 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. |

Making deals to secure votes for legislation is a law of political compromise but it is not codified in the Constitution, according to one of the state leaders who is urging Congress to remove a provision of the Senate health care bill that benefits only Nebraska.

South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster contends that one element of the massive bill -- an agreement to have the federal government pick up the entire cost of Medicaid expansion in Nebraska -- was inserted solely to secure the vote of Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb.

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Leinwand Sent to Cover Haiti Quake, Rescue Efforts

January 14, 2010 | By Sylvia Smith

President Donna Leinwand left Washington Thursday to cover aftermath of the catastrophic earthquake in Port au Prince, Haiti.

Leinwand, who reports on international disasters and domestic law enforcement for USA Today, has covered more than 20 hurricanes, including Katrina, as well as the Asian tsunami and the war in Iraq.

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Brzezinski: Moving Backward to Go Forward

January 13, 2010 | By Bea Snyder |

“Sometimes you have to take a big step backwards in order to move forward,” Mika Brzezinski, co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe and The Joe Scarborough Show on ABC Radio Network told an audience of 250 Jan. 12. Joined by Joe Scarborough, Brzezinski discussed her memoir, "All Things at Once," and their experiences working together.

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Walker Calls for Commission to Make Tough Budget Choices

January 13, 2010 | By Mark Schoeff |

When President Obama gives his State of the Union speech in February, he must begin preparing the country for tough decisions on federal spending by endorsing a budget commission, according to a former federal official who has forged a reputation for sober analysis of the country’s fiscal challenges.

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NPC Members Added to Standing Committee

January 12, 2010 | By Sylvia Smith

NPC members Thomas Burr of the Salt Lake Tribune and Joe Morton of the Omaha World Herald are the new members of the Standing Committee of Correspondents, it was announced Tuesday.

They join two other NPC members, Maureen Groppe of Gannett News Service, and Lisa Mascaro of the Las Vegas Sun, on the five-member committee.

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AFL-CIO President Says Courage Missing in Health Care Debate

January 12, 2010 | By Andrew Kreig |

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The AFL-CIO's new president, Richard Trumka, urged government officials to put far greater priority in coming weeks on improving the nation’s economy in such areas as jobs, worker rights and health care.

"This is a moment that cries out for political courage, but it is not much in evidence," he said at a Jan. 11 Luncheon.

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Metromix DC Highlights Fourth Estate, Chef Delbert

January 11, 2010 | By Sylvia Smith

Metromix's Sammy Kobrosly recently profiled the Fourth Estate Restaurant and Executive Chef Susan Delbert for the Sammy K's Nightlife Saga Blog.

Sammy K had this to say about the Fourth Estate:

"First off, the history behind the National Press Club and knowing that everyone from Wolf Blitzer to George Clooney to Eleanor Roosevelt have come there is reason enough for a geek like me to freak out, but then you have Executive Chef Susan Delbert, whose cuisine takes things to a whole new level."

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Investors Who Stuck with 401(k) Plans Now Benefiting, Mutual Fund Experts Say

January 11, 2010 | By Tejinder Singh |

The market downturn of late 2007 brought the balances in 401(k) and other defined contribution accounts down by “almost one-quarter in 2008,” the president of Investment Company Institute said at a Newsmaker Jan. 8.

Paul Stevens said it has "caused some in the press and policy communities to question the value of 401 (k) and other defined contribution plans.”

During that time, American workers still supported their 401(k) plans and stayed the course—and those who did so are now being rewarded, according to ICI survey data.

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