National Press Club

Widow of Slain Sri Lankan Journalist Describes His Murder

April 22, 2010 | By Gil Klein | gilbert.klein@yahoo.com

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 jessicabrady@rollcall.com .

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Club Welcomes 24 New Members

April 21, 2010 | By Myron Belkind | myron.belkind@verizon.net

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

Active:
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 | nabrup@aol.com

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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Panel Discusses Emerging Climate Science Challenges

April 19, 2010 | By Frank Maisano | frank.maisano@bgllp.com

The nascent science of climate geoengineering must get federal funding to increase its credibility as a solution for addressing global warming, a panel of experts said at a Newsmaker press conference April 16. Geoengineering refers to the intentional manipulation of the Earth's climate to counteract the effects of global warming.

House Science Committee staff member Chris King, journalist/author Jeff Goodell and Sam Thernstrom. head of AEI's geoengineering project, detailed challenges facing the issue.

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Napolitano says global aviation reform crucial to thwart terrorism

April 15, 2010 | By Lorna Aldrich | Lorna2@verizon.net

Reforming global aviation security is a clear and vital step in securing the United States against terrorism, according to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

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Chef Shares Recipe Finds with Club Members

April 12, 2010 | By Sylvia Smith | sylviasmith@jg.net

Reliable Source diners who liked the soup last Friday got an additional treat: The recipe.
A long-time fan of newspapers' food sections, Executive Chef Susan Delbert decided to do what lots of foodies do: Try the recipe, make some tweaks and then share a good find.

Delbert was intrigued by the carrot and tahini soup recipe in the April 7 New York Times' food section. So she put it on Friday's buffet and left copies next to the soup tureen. In future weeks, she'll try an entree, salad or other recipe from a food section and provide the recipe for that week's selection.

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Actor seeks media aid in sounding alert for health care safety

April 12, 2010 | By Terry Hill | terry@terryhillcommunications.com

Watching his newborn twins hang in the balance between life and death for 41 hours, actor Dennis Quaid realized he'd found a new role to play - front man for the reform of health care safety.

Calling health care accidents one of the leading causes of death in America, he implored the news media in the National Press Club audience April 12 to “help us tell, not just the stories of harm, but of great caregivers dedicated to safe, high-performance care.”

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