National Press Club

Podcast features former NBC reporter and White House press secretary Ron Nessen

February 23, 2018 | By Adam Konowe |

After serving as war correspondent for NBC News during the Vietnam conflict and later as the network's Washington D.C. correspondent in the 1970s, Ron Nessen moved on to become press secretary for President Gerald Ford from 1974-1977.

In this edition of Update-1, National Press Club Broadcast/Podcast Committee member Lincoln Smith interviews Nessen about his books, It Sure Looks Different from the Inside and Making the News, Taking the News.

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Foundation awards press-freedom grant to National Press Club Journalism Institute

February 16, 2018 | By Julie Schoo |

The National Press Club Journalism Institute (NPCJI) has received a $107,000 grant from the Evelyn Y. Davis Foundation to support a series of programs that will examine barriers to press freedom in the United States and abroad.

Founded in 1989, the Evelyn Y. Davis Foundation makes grants each year to nonprofits active in journalism, as well as nationally prominent universities, arts organizations and hospitals.

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Author Danni Starr encourages empathy, discussion of mental-health problems

February 14, 2018 | By Eleanor Herman |

If radio talk show host Danni Starr could pass anything onto her two daughters, it would be empathy, she said at a Feb. 13 National Press Club Headliner’s Book Event.

Club President Andrea Edney interviewed Starr about her new memoir, Empathy and Eyebrows: A Survivalist’s Stories on Reviving your Spirit after Soul-Crushing Sh*tstorms.

A few years ago, Starr, 33, had it all. A successful radio career, a happy marriage, and a new baby. Then she sank into severe post-partum depression.

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New Club President Edney vows to protect press freedoms in inaugural address

February 12, 2018 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver |

The National Press Club will continue to defend journalism from the dangers of a government that wants to dictate the news, Club President Andrea Edney told approximately 220 friends, family and colleagues at the Feb. 10 gala in the Club ballroom celebrating her inauguration.

“We are going to keep fighting to protect press freedoms in this country and throughout the world, because at the National Press Club, that’s just what we do,” said Edney, a Bloomberg News editor.

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Admiral tells NPC American Legion Post 20 Coast Guard needs more money

February 2, 2018 | By Ken Dalecki |

Rear Admiral Peter Gautier, director of governmental and public affairs for the U.S. Coast Guard, told a meeting of National Press Club American Legion Post 20 on Jan. 30 that the move from the Department of Transportation to the Department of Homeland Security in 2003 gave his branch of the service a much-needed boost in funding but the Coast Guard still faces budgetary challenges.

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Press Club celebrates Milne's birthday with special Kids Night, visit from Winnie the Pooh

January 24, 2018 | By Mesfin Mekonen |

National Press Club members and their children enjoyed food, cake and an appearance by Winnie the Pooh at the Reliable Source to celebrate author A. A. Milne’s birthday on Jan. 18.

The restaurant hosted a Kids Night honoring Pooh Bear with a buffet fit for the Hundred Acre Wood. Memorable Pooh and friends cartoons were displayed on the Reliable Source's two plasma screens.

Alan Alexander Milne was born Jan. 18, 1882, in London. He died Jan. 31, 1956, in Sussex, England.

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Lawyer, playwright sheds light on Native-American rights at Headliners Newsmaker

January 23, 2018 | By Menachem Wecker

The first draft of Mary Kathryn Nagle’s new play “Sovereignty", premiering Jan. 24 at Arena Stage, was 190 pages. The play, which is part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival, is so packed with facts and the history of Nagle’s prominent Cherokee family that audience members may leave looking dizzy, admitted the lawyer and playwright at a National Press Club Headliners Newsmaker on Jan. 23.

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NPC board votes to rescind Charlie Rose's Fourth Estate Lifetime Achievement Award

December 20, 2017 | By Julie Schoo |

The National Press Club Board of Governors voted unanimously at its Dec. 18 meeting to rescind its Fourth Estate Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Charlie Rose in 2014 and the accompanying honorary Club membership.

Allegations about Rose’s conduct, acknowledged in part by him, led three news organizations to sever ties with him. The board concluded such conduct does not represent the values of the Club nor the criteria for the award, which goes to a journalist who “has achieved distinction for a lifetime of contributions to American journalism.”

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Isaacson urges audience to adopt Leonardo da Vinci’s curiosity and observation

December 18, 2017 | By Lorna Aldrich |

Walter Isaacson, biographer of Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs and Leonardo da Vinci, urged a National Press Club audience on Monday to cultivate curiosity and observation as da Vinci did, saying the example changed and enriched the author’s own life.

Speaking at a Dec. 18 Headliners Breakfast book event about his biography of da Vinci, Isaacson pulled out his small, red notebook, the same size as some used by the painter, to encourage the audience to follow suit.

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Democratic strategist Brazile calls Trump 'vulgar,' takes her party politicians to task

December 14, 2017 | By Wesley G. Pippert |

Democratic strategist Donna Brazile told a National Press Club audience Tuesday that President Donald Trump was “vulgar” in his remark about a woman senator, and added she wouldn't object to re-litigating the sexual behavioral accusations against Bill Clinton and Clarence Thomas.

The National Press Club Headliners Book Rap included a conversation with Club President Jeff Ballou, who quickly asked Brazile about Trump’s remark that, in the past, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) “would do anything” to get campaign contributions from him. Some interpreted Trump’s remark as sexually suggestive.

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