National Press Club

Montana governor seeks unity among rival Democrats on gun legislation, health care

August 8, 2019 | By Louise Walsh | ldwalsh@earthlink.net

As the nation reeled from mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock called on his Democratic rivals to unite around issues Americans truly care about such as sensible gun legislation and health care.

“No real hunter needs a 30-round clip, a bump stock. No real hunter needs a weapon of war, or wants a terrorist or domestic abuser…to get his hands on a weapon,” said the Democratic presidential hopeful, who calls himself a hunter and gun-owner.

He spoke at a National Press Club Headliners event Wednesday.

Read more

Cummings wants Congress back early to address gun violence

August 7, 2019 | By Michelle Amber | michelleamber99@gmail.com

Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md, called on Congress to return early from its August recess and convene a session on gun violence in response to the latest mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

Speaking at a National Press Club Headliners luncheon Wednesday, Cummings, the chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, said, “Gun violence seems to know no bounds. The American people are begging us for more than thoughts and prayers. They want action.”

Read more

Former Va. Gov. blames Trump's rhetoric for 'splitting this country apart'

August 7, 2019 | By Chris Teale | chris.teale55@gmail.com

President Donald Trump is a "white nationalist and a racist" who is "splitting this country apart," former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said at a book event at the National Press Club on Tuesday night.

McAuliffe said that the white nationalist protests in Charlottesville, Va., in August 2017, which led to the deaths of counter protester Heather Heyer and two state troopers, were inspired by Trump's rhetoric. He should do far more to condemn that ideology as there have been more incidents since, McAuliffe said.

Read more

Panel: Declining newspapers, rising social media present challenge to reporters, politicians and local democracy

August 2, 2019 | By Lorna Aldrich | lorna2@verizon.net

A sharp decline in the number of regional reporters and the rise of social media is changing how Washington is covered for local readers and also transforming democracy, according to panelists at an Aug. 1 event cosponsored by the Regional Reporters Association and the National Press Club’s Journalism Institute.

Read more

Ohio senator unveils proposal for payments to workers when corporations buy back their own stock

July 31, 2019 | By Lorna Aldrich | lorna2@verizon.net

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, announced at a National Press Club Headlners Newsmaker July 31 a proposal for new legislation that would require a payment of $1 be paid to every worker for each $1 million dollars worth of corporations' purchases of their own stock.

Brown used the example of JP Morgan Chase Bank, which purchased $20 billion of its own stock last year that would yield a worker’s dividend of $20,000 for each worker under his proposal -- a significant boost to the average bank teller’s salary of $35,000.

Read more

Reporter tells how she used transparency, empowerment to earn trust of sexual assault victim for Post article

July 28, 2019 | By Kristina Groennings | ksgroennings@gmail.com

On a night in Northwest Washington in April 2013, Lauren Clark was out for a jog when she was sexually assaulted by a man who soon after was hired by a restaurant near her apartment. After enduring years of the justice system’s failure to ensure her safety, Clark reached out to The Washington Post.

Through transparency and empowerment, Post investigative reporter Amy Brittain established and maintained an extraordinary level of trust with Clark that resulted in Clark telling her full, haunting story detailed in a Post article published last January.

Read more

At NPC event, journalists covering gun violence deplore failure to address the issue

July 24, 2019 | By Louise D. Walsh | ldwalsh@earthlink.net

On a day that the Washington Post reported that 11 people were shot, eight fatally, over five days in the District of Columbia, prize-winning Post reporters Wesley Lowery and John Woodrow Cox stressed to a National Press Club audience the tragedy of the nation’s failure to address the trauma of gun violence in our society.

Read more

Annapolis Capital Gazette, Baltimore Sun win breaking news award from National Press Club for shooting coverage

July 23, 2019 | By Will Lester | wjlester@aol.com

The Annapolis Capital Gazette and the Baltimore Sun won the breaking news award in the National Press Club journalism contest this year for their courageous coverage of the shooting that killed five people at the Annapolis paper in June of last year.

Read more

Democratic candidate Amy Klobuchar says voters must 'call out' President Trump

July 17, 2019 | By Wesley G. Pippert | PippertW@missouri.edu

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota said voters must "call out" President Donald Trump for promises he hasn't kept or for his policies, which if strictly kept, might make him the No. 1 candidate for deportation.

Speaking at a National Press Club Newsmaker event Tuesday, Klobuchar, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, said Trump's assertion that there was a border crisis focused "on scaring the American people, immigrants and the public, trying to switch the news coverage."

Read more

Lawmakers, journalists join forces for Fallen Journalists Memorial

July 2, 2019 | By Jim Kuhnhenn | jkuhnhenn@press.org

Members of Congress from both parties and leaders in journalism found common cause on Wednesday, June 26, taking the first steps toward erecting a permanent public memorial in Washington, D.C., to honor journalists who have died in the course of doing their jobs.

Read more