National Press Club

Documentary maker credits Putin’s success to his grasp of Russian soul, fears

January 18, 2019 | By Pat Sherr |

Vitaly Mansky, producer of a documentary on the rise of Russian leader Vladimir Putin screened Wednesday at the National Press Club, created the film using clips of former Soviet leaders Boris Yeltsin and Mikhail Gorbachev and Putin himself, made before Putin came to power.

When Yeltsin appointed Putin, a KGB veteran, to replace him for the last three months of his presidency, Mansky, as director of documentaries in Russia at the time, had easy access to Putin to complete this film.

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CVS plans to be a health care center

January 14, 2019 | By Gwen Flanders |

CVS is working on a transformation of how Americans get health care, starting with its drugstores.

Larry Merlo, president and chief executive of CVS Health, outlined what he called the company's bold vision at a National Press Club Headliners luncheon Monday.

At the center are CVS drugstores, soon to become destinations for patients to receive a range of health services, including monitoring for chronic conditions, lab tests, eye exams and hearing tests, said Merlo, who began his career as a pharmacist.

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Inaugural: Club President Kodjak wants to increase access to government information

January 14, 2019 | By Louise D. Walsh |

National Press Club President Alison Fitzgerald Kodjak told a soldout ballroom audience Saturday that she wants to widen the Club’s role protecting freedom of the press to include gaining greater access to government information so people can know what their government is doing.

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Membership meeting: Kodjak takes gavel as 112th National Press Club president

January 11, 2019 | By Lorna Aldrich |

Alison Fitzgerald Kodjak, the 112th National Press Club president, received the Club’s presidential gavel from President Andrea Edney at a General Membership Meeting Friday.

“I think it’s incredibly important that we work together to make the Club a valuable place for our members and also make the Club a valuable voice in the world of journalism,” Kodjak said after taking office.

The handover followed reports on the Club’s membership and financial status and a summary of 2018 highlights.

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Update-1 chronicles challenges faced by Filipino journalist

December 21, 2018 | By Adam Konowe |

Maria Ressa, co-founder and editor of Rappler, a news website in the Philippines was recently interviewed for Update-1, the National Press Club's podcast, by Irv Chapman, a longtime member of the Press Club.

Ressa worries about the loss of editorial control of information by serious news organizations and the retrogression to authoritarianism in countries whose democratic evolution she has covered.

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Corporate CEOs launch global Cyber Readiness Program for small business

December 19, 2018 | By Anne Bader |

It was standing room only Dec. 17 at a National Press Club Headliner Newsmaker event as leaders of Mastercard, IBM and Microsoft launched the Cyber Readiness Program, a global initiative of The Cyber Readiness Institute (CRI), to provide support to small and medium-sized businesses as recommended by an Obama bipartisan commission on cybersecurity in late 2016.

“One of the recommendations to President [Barack] Obama was that there was not enough focus on small and medium-sized businesses,” said retired IBM CEO and President Samuel Palmisano.

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McClatchy’s Julie Moos named Press Club Journalism Institute executive director

December 11, 2018 | By Donna Leinwand Leger |

Julie Moos, managing director of news at McClatchy, will be the executive director of the National Press Club Journalism Institute (NPCJI), the institute's board announced Dec. 7.

Moos will begin work at NPCJI on Jan. 7.

As managing director of news at McClatchy, Moos led coaching and training for reporters and editors in 30 newsrooms. Programs included a wide range of subjects, such as fair use and audience-centered storytelling. She also led a real-time news team of reporters and editors who drive millions of readers to McClatchy products each month.

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Former Guardian editor: Journalism must be better

December 10, 2018 | By Justin Duckham |

While the modern media landscape is marked by diminishing trust among readers and an uncertain future online, Alan Rusbridger, The Guardian’s former editor-in-chief, told a book luncheon audience at the National Press Club Dec. 7 that journalism needs to rise to the occasion by simply being better.

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Post editor Baron uses Club's Fourth Estate Award dinner to call out Trump

December 2, 2018 | By Wesley G .Pippert |

Marty Baron, executive editor of The Washington Post, used the occasion of his receiving the National Press Club’s Fourth Estate Award Thursday to go after President Donald Trump's attacks on journalism and facts.

“History tells us we can’t always rely on our leaders to safeguard free expression in the cause of truth,” Baron said after receiving the Club's highest honor with Dean Baquet, executive editor of The New York Times, at the 46th annual dinner. “Today, we face another threat arguably more pernicious. This one is against the very concept of truth itself."

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Marvin Kalb: With a free press, you are going to be free

November 18, 2018 | By Joe Luchok |

Speaking to an audience at the National Press Club on Thursday, Nov. 15, Marvin Kalb said President Donald Trump’s “attacks on the press are attacks on the foundation of democracy.”

Kalb was discussing his book “Enemy of the People: Trump’s War on the Press, the New McCarthyism, and the Threat to American Democracy.”

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