National Press Club

NPC Hires Susan Delbert as Executive Chef

November 11, 2009

Susan Delbert, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America with wide restaurant experience, has been appointed executive chef and will oversee the Club's two restaurants.

Before coming to the Press Club, she served as a sous chef at the Old Ebbitt Grill, the nation’s sixth highest-grossing restaurant. Prior to her career in food service, Delbert was a tax attorney and a partner in a law firm. In addition, she served in Alaska as an assistant district attorney and an assistant state attorney general.

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Zimbabwe Population in Peril, Rights Advocates Say

November 11, 2009 | By Tejinder Singh |

Zimbabwe today has the stark echos of malnourished Ethiopian population during famine in that country, Magodonga Mahlangu, a leader of Women of Zimbabwe Arise and a co-recipient of the 2009 RFK Human Rights Award, said at a Newsmaker Nov. 9.
The other award recipient, Jenni Williams lambasted the Zimbabwe regime for its failure to provide for its citizens. Williams recalled the dream of Zimbabwe as it got independence from Britain in 1980 and noted the degenerating situation as the country moves from “bread basket (of Africa) to basket case.”

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Illinois Governor Promotes Federal Military Relief Fund

November 6, 2009 | By Keith M. Hill |

Declaring that there is no more important cause for Americans than protecting democracy, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn spoke at a National Press Club Newsmaker Nov. 4 about the establishment of a relief fund for military families.

A bill (H.R. 1175) introduced in Congress in April by Rep. Bill Foster, D-Ill., would create the National Military Family Relief Fund to be administered by the Defense Department and be available to the families of active-duty members of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. These families often experience a substantial salary cut during these deployments, Quinn said.

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Pub Quiz 7 pm Nov. 12

November 5, 2009 | By Evan Sweetman |

Pub Quiz is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, in the Truman Lounge. This event is always great competition, so come by for a fun evening of mind-bending trivia, good company and fun prizes.

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Former Afghan Parliament Member Calls for US Troop Withdrawal

November 4, 2009 | By Lorna Aldrich |

American troops in Afghanistan are war criminals and should leave the country, Malalai Joya, a member of the Afghan parliament, said at the Club Nov. 2.

The event, sponsored by the International Correspondents Committee, introduced her political memoir, "A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan who Dared to Raise her Voice." Joya‘s fellow members of parliament voted to suspend her from serving her term following charges that she insulted them.

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Pension Fund Head Advocates Stronger Regulation, Change in Corporate Governance

November 3, 2009 | By Lorna Aldrich |

Joseph Dear, chief investment officer of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), listed the three critical aspects of financial reform - s trengthening and reinvigorating existing regulations, closing gaps in regulation and improving corporate governance – at a Newsmaker Nov. 3.

He particularly favored a bill coming before the House Financial Services Committee Nov. 4 that would provide shareholders access to proxy ballots for boards of directors. He called this measure the most important in the tool kit to improve corporate governance.

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Club Speaks Up for Illinois Journalists

November 3, 2009

The National Press Club strongly objects to the Cook County, Ill., prosecutor's use of subpoena power to obtain personal information, such as grades and evaluations, and investigative records, such as off-the-record interviews, from student journalists at Northwestern University.

The journalists at Northwestern's Medill Innocence Project reported and researched the conviction of Anthony McKinney for the slaying of a security guard in 1978. Their reporting revealed new evidence that the student journalists say points to McKinney's innocence.

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Documentary Shines Light on Black Soldiers in WWII

November 2, 2009 | By Tonya Fitzpatrick |

African-Americans soldiers in WWII have been "largely been edited out of history … and I was interested in discussing the plight of these soldiers,” documentary producer Gregory Cooke told an Oct. 29 newsmaker where clips of "Choc’late Soldiers from the USA" were shown.

“When the story of a group of people is left out of American history, then we are all impoverished by its absence,” director Noel "Sonny" Izon said.

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Ken Burns: Parks Define Americans as a People

October 30, 2009 | By Ken Dalecki |

Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns told a well-attended luncheon audience Sept. 28 that he hopes his latest series on creation of the National Park system will boost park attendance, particularly by African Americans and Hispanic Americans, to help build an expanded constituency for the preservation and restoration of the nation's most beautiful and historic sites.

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Renewable Experts Detail Need for Energy Storage

October 29, 2009 | By Frank Maisano |

Grid and power experts said compressed air storage for renewable energy is essential as wind, solar and other renewable resources begin to play a more significant role in the US power generation mix.

At an Oct. 27 Newsmaker, PJM CEO Terry Boston, Electric Power Research Institute researcher Robert Schainker and Energy Storage and Power CEO Stephen Byrd addressed the potential of energy technology to counteract the intermittency of renewables and called for additional incentives to prime the market.

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