National Press Club

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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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/

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Applewhite Donates Pulitzer-winning Clinton Photo

December 18, 2008 | By Darlene Shields, Photography Committee chairwoman

AP senior photographer J. Scott Applewhite presented one of his two Pulitzer Prize-winning photos to the Club on Dec. 17 at an NPC Photography Committee meeting.

The photo, which Applewhite described as from “the cave-painting stage of digital photography,” shows President Clinton walking in the Rose Garden on Dec. 11, 1998, to make a short statement on his impeachment inquiry.

Applewhite’s gift is the fourth Pulitzer Prize-winning photo presented to the Club, all arranged by member Marshall Cohen. Applewhite’s photo was the first digital image to win a Pulitzer Prize.

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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.”

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Gordon Peterson is 500th New Member of 2008

December 18, 2008 | By Mark Hamrick, membership secretary

The National Press Club Board of Governors welcomes the 500th new member approved this year, ABC 7/WJLA senior correspondent and anchor Gordon Peterson.

Having covered news in Washington for four decades, Peterson has been called the "Dean of Anchors" in the nation's capital.

His was one of 78 applications approved this month, capping a year of strong recruitment for the NPC. As part of the celebration of the Club's centennial, the board has waived initiation fees for applicants in 2008, representing a savings of up to $350.

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Toyota Receives NPC Founder's Award for Generosity

December 17, 2008

The Club presented its Centennial Founder’s Award to Toyota in recognition of the automaker’s support of Press Club programs and events during 2008 – our centennial year.

The award was presented by NPC President Sylvia Smith to Ed Lewis of Toyota’s Washington office at a ceremony Wednesday evening. Toyota is one of three firms to receive such recognition from the Club during its centennial.

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Iraqi Spokesman Lauds Status of Forces Agreement with U.S.

December 15, 2008 | By Peter Hickman

Most Iraqis think the Status of Forces Agreement their government recently signed with the U.S. "is good for them and the best available arrangement possible at present," Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh told a Dec. 11 Newsmaker.

The SOFA is part of a strategic framework agreement and defines the role of the U.S. military in Iraq whose UN mandate expires at year's end. It is seen by many as a success for both Washington and Baghdad, and a serious setback for Iran in the region.

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