National Press Club

Rocker, author, environmentalist Leavell says growth can be smart

March 30, 2011 | By Richard Lee

Rocker-Environmentalist and now author Chuck Leavell says rapid U.S. population growth with lead to environmental calamity if people fail to build more efficiently and take better care of the country's natural resources.

Leavell, a late-blooming environmentalist who is also a well-known keyboardist with rock groups including the Allman Brothers, Eric Clapton, and the Rolling Stones, co-founded the popular website Mother Nature Network. He spoke Tuesday at a National Press Club Newsmaker about his new book Growing A Better America.

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FBI's growing portfolio requires new leadership, Graff tells NPC book rap

March 30, 2011 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver

As the Obama administration chooses the next FBI director, it should look for someone with strong managerial skills _ a chief executive rather than a law enforcement or intelligence official, Garrett M. Graff told a National Press Club audience Tuesday.

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Author Kim Barker says Afghan people yearn for war to end

March 28, 2011 | By Jeffery King |

The people of Afghanistan are exhausted by the constant state of warfare in the country and yearn for its conclusion, regardless of who is winning, the author of a new book told an audience at the National Press Club on March 24.

Kim Barker called her book Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan “a darkly funny story.” In the book, she recounts her experiences as a Chicago Tribune correspondent and as a woman in the countries from 2002 to 2009.

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Social media provides new challenges, opportunities for broadcast media, Diane Sawyer tells Club

March 24, 2011 | By Gil Klein |

Television newscasts can co-exist – and thrive – in the Internet age if the networks use the Internet’s resources to create a compelling newscast, Diane Sawyer, ABC World News anchor, told host Marvin Kalb on March 22.

“I don’t see it as a competition with the Internet,” Sawyer said on the latest edition of the Club’s “The Kalb Report.” “We have to be out there creating a unique and important conversation, answering questions in unique and important ways so that you want to come to us.”

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Defected Libyan ambassadors pledge effort to oust Gaddafi

March 16, 2011 | By Robert Webb |

Libyans from across North America pledged their support of the movement against Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi at a March 11 event that brought at least 18 news organizations -- including Press TV of Tehran -- to the National Press Club ballroom.

Both defecting Libyan ambassadors -- Abdel Rahman Shalgam from the United Nations and Washington-based Ali Aujali -- were also there.

The ambassadors made clear their support for the Libyan Republic's Interim Transitional National Council (ITNC), which is representing the protesters. They now represent the Council in the United States.

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Conyers urges legislation to prevent gun violence in wake of Giffords shooting

March 15, 2011 | By Lisa Gillespie and Bob Weiner |,

Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., ranking minority member of the House Judiciary Committee, is calling on Congress to take action on gun control in the wake of the January shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz.

At a March 14 Newsmaker, Conyers advocated checks on gun buyers, standing up to the National Rifle Association and a reenactment of the Federal Assault Weapons Ban, which expired in 2004.

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Shearer: News "template" obscured true Katrina story of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' failure

March 14, 2011 | By Terry Hill |

Locking itself into a news coverage “template,” the mainstream media focused solely on the emotional aspect of damage caused to New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and deliberately avoided the major culprit of the disaster — flooding enabled by flawed U.S. Army Corps of Engineer design and construction, comedian-filmmaker Harry Shearer charged during a National Press Club luncheon on March 14.

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Tucson massacre catalyzes effort to help mentally ill

March 11, 2011

A quarter of U.S. adults are mentally ill or have addictions but fewer than half get treatment, Linda Rosenberg, president of the Washington D.C.-based National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare(NCCBH), said at a March 10 Newsmaker.

Her remarks came as the Council stepped up in the wake of the January Tuscon disaster its effort to help people recognize and aid victims of mental illness.

"A tragic event or a famous person gets our attention, but the real faces of mental illness are far more ordinary," she said.

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Journalism icon David Broder dies; received Fourth Estate Award in 1988

March 9, 2011

Pulitizer-prize-winning journalist and National Press Club member David Broder died on March 9 at 81 from diabetes complications.

For more than 40 years, Broder was a reporter and columnist for the Washington Post, winning journalism’s top award in 1973 for his coverage of the Watergate scandal. Renowned in the capital and beyond the Beltway for his incisive analyses, he defined the rubric for political reporting and commentary.

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NPR chief defends funding, rebuffs bias accusations

March 7, 2011

Editor's note: Two days after speaking at a March 7 National Press Club luncheon, NPR chief executive Vivian Schiller resigned in the wake of the release of a videotape showing another NPR executive at a Feb. 22 meeting criticizing the Tea Party as "racist" and asserting that NPR would be better off without federal funding. Following is the coverage of Schiller's appearance at the Club.

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