National Press Club

A legend in broadcasting, Donnie Simpson discusses his career at the Club

December 6, 2018 | By Irv Chapman |

Donnie Simpson became a radio disc jockey at age 15 in his hometown of Detroit. A dozen years later, he moved to Washington and realized he didn’t have to channel the style of radio personalities he admired — he could just be Donnie Simpson, and people were increasingly tuning in.

They still are; his afternoon show on WMMJ-FM 102.3 is No. 1 one in the ratings, he said.

After years of morning drive time, he said during a Legends of Broadcasting dinner sponsored by the National Press Club’s Broadcast/Podcast Team on Dec. 4 that he liked his current afternoon hours just fine.

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Biographer quotes correspondent saying war is about broken bodies, not tech

December 5, 2018 | By Lorna Aldrich |

Lindsey Hilsum, author of “In Extremis: The Life and Death of the War Correspondent Marie Colvin,” described her subject as the correspondent who went the furthest into dangerous situations and stayed the longest.

Hilsum, speaking at a Dec. 3 book event co-sponsored by the National Press Club's Freedom of the Press Committee and International Women’s Media Foundation, remembered Colvin saying, “War is not high tech in the end. In the end, war is about broken bodies,” when she spoke at an annual memorial for journalists killed while working.

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NPC in History: The Club legacy of George H.W. Bush

December 4, 2018 | By Gil Klein |

President George H.W. Bush was no stranger to the National Press Club. As chairman of the Republican National Committee in 1973, he made his first appearance at the Club podium in a debate with Robert Strauss, his Democratic counterpart, as Bush put the best face possible on the Nixon administration as the Watergate scandal escalated.

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Coast Guard commandant to address Headliners Luncheon Thursday

December 2, 2018 | By Tamara Hinton |

Admiral Karl L. Schultz, the 26th Commandant of the United States Coast Guard, will discuss America's presence in the Arctic as a matter of national security at a National Press Club Headliners Luncheon on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 12:30 p.m. in the Holeman Lounge.

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Online tools to help youth soccer coaches and parents track concussions announced at Headliners Newsmaker

November 29, 2018 | By Jamie Horwitz |

Several experts on youth sports and sports medicine used a Nov. 14 National Press Club Headliners Newsmaker press conference to announce online tools to help track head injuries from youth soccer

The online tools, called the US Youth Soccer “Athlete Incident Management System,” comes at a time when concern about concussions is increasing, especially as an evolving body of research shows that head injuries from sports can lead to lifetime health issues. While not as violent as football, soccer also is a contact sport.

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Cybersecurity for journalists discussed on Update-1 podcast

November 29, 2018 | By Adam Konowe |

Journalists are vulnerable to hackers trying to access sensitive, confidential data. Growing threats against press freedom around the world make reporters frequent targets for both public and private sector snooping, requiring them to protect data, drafts and sources from prying eyes.

In latest edition of the Update-1 podcast, Andy Yen, chief executive and co-founder of ProtonMail, speaks with National Press Club Broadcast/Podcast team member Shannon Fisher about cybersecurity for journalists.

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Former Guardian editor to discuss new book with Washington Post editor Dec. 7

November 29, 2018 | By William McCarren |

Alan Rusbridger, the long-time former editor-in-chief of The Guardian, will discuss his new book “Breaking the News: The Remaking of Journalism and Why it Matters,” in a conversation with Washington Post Editor Marty Baron on Friday, Dec. 7.

The luncheon is being sponsored by the National Press Club's nonprofit Journalism Institute and will take place in the Holeman Lounge.

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Press Freedom book talk on war correspondent Marie Colvin to take place Monday

November 28, 2018 | By Crystal White |

Lindsey Hilsum will talk about fellow journalist Marie Colvin at an event sponsored by the National Press Club's Freedom of the Press Committee at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3.

Hilsum first met Colvin in 1998 while they both were on assignment in Djibouti. Their instant bond lasted until the end when Colvin was killed by an IED in Homs, Syria, in 2012. Everyone knew of Colvin’s reporting from the world’s most treacherous war zones, but after her death, Hilsum realized that there was much she did not know about her friend and colleague.

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R&B broadcast legend Donnie Simpson to speak at Club dinner Tuesday

November 28, 2018 | By Lindsay Underwood |

The next guest in the National Press Club's Legends of Broadcasting series is veteran Washington-based broadcaster Donnie Simpson, who will appear Tuesday evening, Dec. 4, for dinner.

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NPC in History: The tiny room with the big legacy

November 27, 2018 | By Gil Klein |

Down at the end of the corridor on the 14th floor – past the photos of former presidents, past the fitness center, past the work space for freelance writers – is a door with the words NPC Studio written in gold on a glass window.

The door is usually locked, but inside is a small, soundproofed room hardly large enough for a couple of chairs. Before the National Press Club’s Broadcast Operations Center opened in 2006 on the fourth floor, this was a space that could be used to do television and radio interviews.

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