National Press Club

Swimmer Ledecky tells National Press Club Headliners Luncheon she's going pro

March 26, 2018 | By Bill McCloskey |

Olympic gold-medal swimmer Katie Ledecky is giving up her last two years of college-team eligibility to turn pro so she can enhance her focus on preparing for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, she told a National Press Club Headliners Luncheon on March 26.

A native of Bethesda, Maryland, Ledecky said turning pro will allow her to accept paid endorsements and sponsorships, and relieve her of competing in NCAA events.

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Air Force public-affairs restrictions could hinder press coverage

March 20, 2018 | By Adam Konowe |

New training requirements for U.S. Air Force public-affairs officials and their commanders could have a chilling effect not just on investigative journalism, but on more benign coverage as well, Jill Aitoro, executive editor of Defense News, told Adam Konowe in the latest edition of Update-1, the National Press Club's podcast.

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Author gives behind-the-scenes look at book on Hulk Hogan/Gawker lawsuit

March 18, 2018 | By Talia Schmidt |

Ryan Holiday became more sympathetic to Gawker than he expected as he researched and wrote Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue, a book about the suit against the website’s publication of a sex tape, he told a National Press Club Headliners Book Rap on March 15.

“I came away easily being able to see both sides,” Holiday told former Club President Angela Greiling Keane, who interviewed him at the event.

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Flake cites Trump behavior as reason to drop reelection run, leaves possible presidential bid open

March 15, 2018 | By Wesley G. Pippert |

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., told a National Press Club audience March 15 that his resistance to President Trump's behavior helped persuade him not to seek a second term.

Flake, speaking to a luncheon audience in the Holeman Lounge, read a prepared speech that was highly critical of Trump. But first out of the box during the question and answer period was Club President Andrea Edney's question: "Are you running for president?"

"Next question," Flake said, flashing his famed smile, then added, "Running for president is not in my plans. But I'm not ruling anything out."

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Panel urges reporters to educate government workers on right to speak to press

March 15, 2018 | By Bill McCloskey |

A panel of journalists and government accountability experts told a National Press Club audience March 14 that journalists need to educate government employees that they have a legal right to talk to reporters.

The education is necessary if reporters expect to combat what surveys say is a growing effort by agencies to inject public information officers between news gatherers and news sources, the speakers said.

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Institute panel reports troubled and dangerous times for journalists

March 14, 2018 | By Louise D. Walsh

Despite growing tensions between the media and government officials in the United States, journalists elsewhere face far worse conditions, according to a six-member panel of veteran reporters and media advocacy groups who spoke at a National Press Club Journalism Institute symposium on March 12.

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Authors focus on racism in America during Book Rap

March 11, 2018 | By Mark Krikorian |

Anthony C. Thompson, director of the Center on Race, Inequality and the Law at New York University, told a National Press Club Book Rap March 6 that "racism is in the DNA of America."

He joined Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, to discuss "A Perilous Path: Race, Inequality, and the Law," the book they co-authored with former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and death penalty lawyer Bryan Stevenson.

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Press Club panel addresses rising U.S. maternity mortality rate

March 9, 2018 | By Talia Schmidt |

Christy Turlington Burns and Nan Strauss of Every Mother Counts, a global nonprofit dedicated to improving access and removing barriers to care for women, presented a screening of two documentaries about the rising maternal mortality rate among American women March 8 and discussed the documentaries with National Press Club President Andrea Edney.

After experiencing complications post-childbirth about 14 years ago, Turlington Burns decided she had to look into how prevalent childbirth complications and postpartum medical issues were. What she found shocked her:

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New suit beefs up effort to free Mexican journalist Emilio Gutierrez from federal detention

March 6, 2018 | By Gilbert Klein |

Human rights attorneys filed a second law suit March 6 in their effort to free from federal detention a Mexican journalist who won the National Press Club’s Aubuchon Freedom of the Press Award last October.

The suit argues that the detention of Emilio Gutierrez Soto and his son Oscar violates the U.S. Constitution and international law because they have been held by the federal government for three months without being charged with a crime.

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Closing workplace gender gap: insights, solutions offered at NPC Book Event

March 2, 2018 | By Louise D. Walsh |

Veteran journalist Joanne Lipman told a National Press Club Headliner’s Book Event Thursday that her latest book, That’s What She Said: What Men Need to Know (and Women Need to Tell Them) About Working Together, came from years of conversations with women who feel “marginalized, overlooked, interrupted and not heard until their point was repeated by a guy.”

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