National Press Club

New York Times reporters tell NPC audience Justice Kavanaugh asked them to 'mislead' readers in exchange for an interview

September 19, 2019 | By Eleanor Herman |

New York Times reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly revealed at a National Press Club Headliners event Wednesday that their new book, “The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation,” does not include an interview with the Supreme Court justice because he asked them to lie in exchange for the interview.

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Midway veteran shares insights from WWII, dawn of nuclear Navy

September 19, 2019 | By Tom Young |

Retired Navy Capt. Jack Crawford didn’t realize the significance of the Battle of Midway until after he survived it and returned to Pearl Harbor, he told the National Press Club's American Legion Post 20 at a luncheon meeting on Wednesday.

He said he understood the battle’s importance only after he read articles in the Honolulu Advertiser. The Japanese lost four heavy aircraft carriers in a battle considered a turning point of World War II.

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New Hampshire Rep. Chris Pappas spells "beckmesser" to lead politicians to victory over press In Politicians vs. Press Spelling Bee

September 18, 2019 | By Michelle Amber |

Led by New Hampshire Democrat Rep. Chris Pappas, politicians on Tuesday ended a three-year winning streak by the Washington press corps in the annual National Press Club “Politicians vs. Press Spelling Bee.”

Pappas won the 7th annual bee after correctly spelling the words “beckmesser,” a critic or teacher of music characterized by timid and excessive reliance upon rules, and “occision,” which is the act of killing.

He defeated journalist Eric Geller of Politico, who incorrectly spelled “noctidiurnal,” which means comprising a sequence of day and night.

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TVA looks toward sustainable energy, but coal still key, TVA president Lyash says

September 18, 2019 | By Wesly G. Pippert |

The Tennessee Valley Authority is moving toward use of more wind and solar power, which means a decline in use of coal, Jeff Lyash, new president of the TVA said at a National Press Club Newsmaker on Wednesday.

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Panel focusing on Latinos opens Club initiative on diversity and inclusion

September 18, 2019 | By Daniel Macy |

Diverse Latino communities in the U.S. may have disparate political views but come together on issues such as climate change and education, a panel of U.S.-Latino thought leaders said Monday at the National Press Club.

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Brazilian foreign minister says Amazon criticism is ideologically driven

September 16, 2019 | By Chris Teale |

Criticism of Brazil's wildfire fighting efforts in the Amazon is politically and ideologically driven, Brazil Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo told a National Press Club Newsmaker event Friday.

"There's no secret in that: left-wing governments can do anything, but a government like ours attracts that sort of negative attention," Araujo said. "It is ideological, it doesn't have anything to do with the real figures of the situation. That's the kind of thing we want to expose, because it helps exposing the ideological part of the debate on the climate."

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The Press Club offered to help a newspaper in the Bahamas. Here's the response.

September 8, 2019 | By Alison Fitzgerald Kodjak |

The National Press Club asked our colleagues in the Bahamas how we can help them to continue reporting the news in the aftermath of Dorian. This was the response from Eugene Duffy, managing editor of the Tribune in Nassau:

Many thanks for your very kind offer of help, it is much appreciated. Here in Nassau we are about 150 miles south of where Dorian hit and with the exception of some torrential rain and local flood we were unaffected.

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Harkin calls on companies to hire those with disabilities as panel says new technology can help pave the way

September 5, 2019 | By Louise D. Walsh |

Former U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin urged employers Wednesday to hire more workers with disabilities, saying “the largest minority group in America is still being discriminated against on a daily basis!”

Harkin, an Iowa Democrat and chief sponsor of the 1990 Americans With Disabilities Act, told a National Press Club Newsmakers event that almost 11 million adults with disabilities remain outside the workforce, despite new technology to assist them.

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Club member writes first novel about Picasso’s Blue Period

August 22, 2019 | By Naomi Weiss |

Luke Jerod Kummer’s curiosity for what makes a good story led to his discovering a vital part of Pablo Picasso’s life that dramatically influenced the artist’s work but was barely explored elsewhere, the author of "The Blue Period" told a National Press Club Book Rap on Tuesday, Aug. 20, in Cosgrove Lounge.

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Wife of Princeton graduate student calls for his release from Iranian prison

August 11, 2019 | By Pat Sherr |

On the third anniversary of a Princeton graduate student's imprisonment in Iran on Aug. 8, his wife, Hua Qu, called for action toward his release at a National Press Club Headliners Newsmaker event.

Xiyue Wang is being held in the infamous Evin Prison on charges of espionage. There, he shares cramped quarters with 25 other people.

As a Ph.D. candidate at Princeton, Wang went to Iran on a scholastic mission to study the ancient Eurasian culture, and learn the many languages of this part of the world.

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