National Press Club

L.A. Times coverage of rap singer's shooting illustrates benefits, challenges of newsroom diversity

June 12, 2019 | By Louise D. Walsh |

A "community conversation," sponsored by the National Press Club's Journalism Institute, June 11, illustrated the role of diverse Los Angeles Times staff in bringing a rap singer's life and legacy into coverage of his fatal shooting in the neighborhood that raised him.

As soon as she learned that Nipsey Hussle, a Grammy-nominated rap artist, born Ermias Asghedom of Eritrean and African American heritage, was shot, black reporter Angel Jennings asked her night editor to let her tell the story of his life and legacy.

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UN security enables NBC story on Central African starvation threat

June 6, 2019 | By Lorna Aldrich |

NBC News Senior Correspondent Cynthia McFadden credited protection by U.N. peacekeepers and support from NBC News for enabling a story on children threatened by starvation in the Central African Republic (CAR) at a National Press Club event Thursday.

McFadden appeared with UNICEF-USA President Caryl Stern, and U.N. Foundation Vice President Peter Yeo on a panel moderated by Carmen Russell-Sluchansky of the Club's International Correspondents Committee, which sponsored the event.

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EPA Administrator Wheeler refutes 'consistent' media errors during Press Club Luncheon

June 4, 2019 | By Wesley G. Pippert |

Andrew Wheeler, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, laid out a broad array of what the Trump administration is doing for clean water and air, but also told the National Press Club Monday how he thinks some media consistently err in covering these things,

Wheeler, who was confirmed earlier this year as the EPA's 15th administrator, concluded his prepared remarks at a luncheon in the Holeman Lounge by listing five ways "some of the media are consistently wrong."

He cited:

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NPC in History: Integration at last

June 3, 2019 | By Gilbert Klein |

Like most private professional and social clubs in Washington in the early 1950s, the National Press Club had no African-American members.

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Coast Guard admiral tells American Legion Post 20 about shutdown lessons learned

May 31, 2019 | By Ken Dalecki |

The U.S. Coast Guard learned lessons from "not being on top of messaging" during the nation's longest government shutdown that ended after 35 days in January. Rear Admiral Melissa Bert, Coast Guard director of governmental and public affairs, told a meeting of the National Press Club American Legion Post 20 Wednesday there is no way to separate internal and external communications.

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Former Air Force Secretary urges flexibility for thriving in difficult environments

May 30, 2019 | By Lorna Aldrich |

Former Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James offered a guide to thriving in difficult work environments using examples from her own life at a National Press Club Headliners Book Rap Thursday as she promoted her new book, "Aim High: Chart Your Course and Find Your Success."

Although James's first important step to thriving is to chart and navigate your course, she stressed flexibility and accepting new things.

“Wherever you are in life, you need Plan A..., but be prepared to pivot to plan B,” James said.

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NPC in History: The Origin of Princess Alice

May 28, 2019 | By Gilbert Klein |

Outside the president’s office is perhaps the most unusual part of the National Press Club’s décor – a seven-foot-tall figure apparently made out of pieces of black spruce and vaguely in the form of a woman.

How it got here is a story of intrigue, some of the details, probably cloudy to begin with, lost in time.

The story begins in July 1923, as President Warren G. Harding, scandals beginning to close in on his administration, decided to make a goodwill trip across the country ending with the first presidential visit to Alaska.

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Meridian International Center advocates for a free press

May 28, 2019 | By Adam Konowe |

In the newest edition of the National Press Club's podcast, Update-1, National Press Club Broadcast/Podcast Committee member Lincoln Smith interviews Ambassador Stuart Holliday, chief executive officer of the Meridian International Center, a non-partisan diplomatic and global leadership institution that strengthens U.S. engagement around the world.

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Public should be skeptical of press, Pelley tells NPC Luncheon

May 22, 2019 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver |

Media consumers have “to take responsibility for what they” watch and read, CBS News “60 Minutes” correspondent Scott Pelley told a National Press Club Headliners luncheon Wednesday.

“We need to earn the trust of the public. I encourage the public to be skeptical of what we do and do their own research,” Pelley told Club President Alison Fitzgerald Kodjak.

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Pulitzer winning biographer David Maraniss tells family’s story in latest release

May 19, 2019 | By Kristina S. Groennings |

After publishing critically acclaimed biographies of cultural icons, David Maraniss shifts his lens to his own family in “A Good American Family: The Red Scare and My Father.”

The two-time Pulitzer prize winner and associate editor at The Washington Post, joined National Press Club President Alison Fitzgerald Kodjak in a discussion about the book at a Headliners event on May 17.

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