National Press Club

Dunn, Enoch Honored as Top NPC Volunteers

January 14, 2009

Remarks from President Sylvia Smith Tuesday evening as she presented the Berny Krug Award to the 2008 co-chairs of the Events Committee, Frederica Dunn and Joe Enoch:

Read more

ConocoPhillips CEO Urges Pragmatic Approach to Green Energy

January 14, 2009 | By Hope Katz Gibbs

James Mulva does not yet drive a plug-in or hybrid car, but at a Jan. 13 luncheon, the chairman and CEO of ConocoPhillips was adamant that the Obama administration focus on the energy opportunities.

Read more

Journopalooza Rocks National Press Club

January 12, 2009

NEW & NOTEWORTHY
Posted by Ryan Howell - 01/12/2009 | Email the editor
Journopalooza Rocks National Press Club

Four journalist-driven bands rocked the Club on Friday in the first-ever Journopalooza music festival for charity. The Club sold more than 700 tickets for the event and raised about $15,000, according to an early estimate, packing the ballroom and overflowing onto the 13th floor in a concert for which every dime benefited a journalist.

Read more

NASDAQ Chief Advocates Reform, Applauds Markets

January 9, 2009 | By Andrew Krei

The head of the NASDAQ stock market used his Jan. 8 Club luncheon platform to outline causes of the U.S. economic crisis last fall, and to urge regulatory reforms to provide trading markets with better information for investors.

Robert Greifeld, president and CEO since 2003 of the electronic stock market, said the breakdown''s root cause was "bad decision-making based on bad information….Throughout the economy, trillions of dollars in investment instruments were never subject to the rigor of trading on a transparent, well-regulated market."

Read more

Author Describes History of Sesame Street

January 7, 2009 | By Joe Luchok

Calling the book “a labor of love,” author Michael Davis discussed his book "Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street" at the Club on Tuesday.

Davis stated that Sesame Street is the world’s most influential television program with over 120 versions playing in countries around the globe.

Read more

Pulitzer Photog Describes Getting the "Lucky" Shot

January 5, 2009 | By Sylvia Smith

Last month Scott Applewhite donated one of his Pulitzer Prize-winning photos to the Club, one that depicts then-President Clinton as he headed to make a statement about the impeachment inquiry and to apologize for his conduct in the Monica Lewinsky affair. The photo is visually striking, showing Clinton emerging from the colonnade at the White House. We're most grateful for the gift, and it will hang with our other Pulitzer photos. I was at the presentation ceremony and told Scott how much we appreciated his gift. He then gave the most interesting talk about how the photo was created.

Read more

Market Storm Fails to Shake Faith in 401(k) Plans, Survey Says

December 29, 2008 | By Mark Schoeff Jr.

A collapsing stock market has not shaken investor confidence in their retirement plans, according to a survey released at a Newsmaker on Friday, Dec. 19.

The Investment Company Institute analyzed data from more than 22 million 401(k) retirement savings accounts sponsored by its members and other large financial administrators.

The study found that 3 percent of investors stopped contributing to their plans in 2008 and that 3.7 percent took some kind of withdrawal. “In sum, 401(k) investors are not racing for the exits,” said

Read more

Nobelist Krugman Favors Massive Stimulus, Forecasts Higher Joblessness

December 21, 2008 | By Lorna Aldrich

Paul Krugman, 2008 economics Nobel laureate, Princeton professor and New York Times columnist, intertwined economic and history lessons with prediction and analysis at a Dec. 18 Club Luncheon.

He said the Federal Reserve’s tools to contain the current economic crisis had reached their limit without stemming the economy’s downward slide and that massive federal spending was the remaining policy tool to check that slide. He foresaw unemployment rates in the 9 to 10 percent range by the end of this year because spending projects won’t start immediately.

Read more

Episcopal Leader Urges Focus on Issues of Hunger, Disease, Poverty

December 19, 2008 | By Hope Katz Gibbs

“Help us tell the world that fear is not the answer,” the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori told a room filled with the faithful and skeptical who came to hear her speak at a Club luncheon Tuesday.

Jefferts Schori is the 26th presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, and the first woman to lead a national church in the 520-year history of Anglicanism/

Read more

Ocean Threats Seen in Overfishing, Pollution, Climate Change

December 18, 2008 | By Pat Rizzuto

The day after two University of Rhode Island scientists announced that climate change will harm jumbo squid, a panel of top U.S. marine scientists discussed the crisis that verfishing, pollution, and climate change is causing to the oceans that feed the world.

At a Dec. 16 Newsmaker, Michael Hirshfield, chief scientist of North America Oceana, said: “We’ve been borrowing against the future for far too long, and the oceans can’t lend us any more. We must act responsibly and live within our means.”

Read more