National Press Club

Metro GM Wiedefeld says system will emphasize 'getting trains running on time again'

November 30, 2016 | By Wesley G. Pippert |

On his first anniversary as general manager of Washington Metro, Paul Wiedefeld said the troubled system has moved from dealing with safety issues to a focus in the coming year "on getting the trains running on time again."

Wiedefeld was more upbeat in his talk at a National Press Club luncheon Wednesday than he was in a similar talk last March when he said he had found things "much worse than I expected."

"It's unbelievable," said Wiedefeld, previously manager of Baltimore's BWI airport, "what's been accomplished."

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Groups call for action on expiring energy tax credits

November 30, 2016 | By Frank Maisano |

Advocates for renewable energy called on Congress to extend expiring tax credits in the year-end budget at a Nov. 29 National Press Club Newsmaker press conference.

Tax experts and energy industry leaders discussed the intricacies of a potential fix to the tax treatment, which they said has substantial implications for nascent and critically important renewable energy technologies, including fuel cells, geothermal heat pumps, small wind, Combined Heat and Power (CHP), microturbines and thermal energy.

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Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg calls for 'sustained dialogue' to calm political climate

November 29, 2016 | By Ferdous Al-Faruque |

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg called for a "sustained dialogue" to calm the tense "current climate of our nation" at a recent event held at the National Press Club.

While much of the country was still reeling from a divisive presidential election that often divided friends and family, Ginsburg spoke at a Nov. 17 private gala hosted by the Sustained Dialogue Institute, where she accepted the group's third National Dialogue Award.

Ginsburg stressed the importance of respectfully engaging with people who hold opposing views.

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Olympic Gold Medalist Centrowitz: Father kept him focused

November 22, 2016 | By Bob Weiner and Ben Lasky |

Matthew Centrowitz, who in Rio this summer became the first U.S. Gold Medalist in the 1500 meter run (the metric mile), told a Newsmaker event at the National Press Club that his father, a two-time Olympian, kept him “focused.” Matt, the father, added: “The Rockefellers probably talked about money, the Kennedys holding office. In our house, we talked about racing splits.”

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NPC Honors Johnny Holliday’s Coast-to-Coast Career

November 22, 2016 | By Adam Konowe |

On Monday night, long-time sports announcer and former Top 40 radio disc jockey Johnny Holliday became the latest “Legend of Broadcasting” honored by the National Press Club’s broadcast/podcast committee.

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EPA Administrator Says Clean-Energy 'Inevitable' No Matter What Trump May Do

November 22, 2016 | By Lawrence Feinberg |

Gina McCarthy, the outgoing Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, declared "the train to a global, clean-energy future has already left the station" and expressed confidence that it would not be derailed by the incoming Trump administration.

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"Smitty" talk dominates Unipressers reunion at the Club

November 20, 2016 | By Wesley G. Pippert |

During its glory days, UP (subsequently UPI) was fueled by a host of talented but underpaid and understaffed correspondents, eternally bonded by a sense of esprit de corps.

The brightest star in this constellation was Merriman Smith. When Smitty, as he was almost universally known, died the UPI story identified him as “Merriman Smith, the dean of White House correspondents." The next day, one UPI staffer said the lead should have identified him as, simply and elegantly, “Merriman Smith, the White House reporter." In other words, “THE White House reporter.”

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“Always be honest with the press,” Communicators Summit hears

November 15, 2016 | By Julia Haskins |

Communications experts spanning a range of industries gathered at the National Press Club Tuesday for the annual Communicators Summit to discuss the role of crisis communications in politics and media.

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Newsmaker panel sees regulatory rollback for education

November 15, 2016 | By Jean Gossman |

Although education was "far from a top-tier" 2016 campaign issue, stakeholders should anticipate Trump administration efforts to scale back the U.S. Department of Education, a leading education advocate warned during a National Press Club Newsmaker event on Nov. 14.

Action is also likely on the Higher Education Act, overdue for reauthorization, and on K-12 school choice, said Caroline Hendrie, executive director of the Education Writers Association during a Newsmaker forum Monday.

Panelists noted the names that have already floated for education secretary include

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New PBS series 'Soundbreaking,' previewed at Club, tells overlooked history of recorded music

November 10, 2016 | By Shelby Ostergaard |

The evolution of recording technology is one of the most important stories of the 20th Century that remains untold, speakers at a preview of the upcoming PBS television series, “Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Music,” said at a National Press Club Newsmaker event Nov. 9.

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