National Press Club

Kazakh Official: Good Relations with U.S. to Continue

November 24, 2008 | By Peter Hickman

The Chairman of the Committee for International Affairs, Defense and Security of the Lower House of Parliament of Uzbekistan told a Nov. 21 Newsmaker that good relations with the U.S. are one of his Central Asian country's “highest foreign policy priorities” and that he thinks those ties will continue on a positive note under an Obama administration.

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NPC Roasts and Toasts Christiane Amanpour, 2008 Fourth Estate Award Winner

November 24, 2008 | By Jerry Zremski

The 300 people who attended Friday's Fourth Estate Award dinner for Christiane Amanpour of CNN knew they were going to see one of the world's great journalists receive the National Press Club's highest honor -- but they didn't know they were going to see Madeleine Albright do stand-up comedy.

The former secretary of state stole the show at the dinner, regaling the "elites" in the audience and noting that the National Press Club must be anti-American -- because it chose to call itself the National Press Club rather than the American Press Club.

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Foreign Correspondents Assess Obama Victory

November 21, 2008

Barack Obama’s victory was proof of the American dream, a nation where everything is possible, foreign correspondents said during a discussion Nov. 19 about the view of the U.S. election through the eyes of other countries.

A panel of foreign correspondents, organized by the Club’s International Correspondents Committee, discussed the foreign reaction to Obama’s election and anticipation for its impact on foreign affairs in a forum organized by the International Correspondents Committee.

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Club Salutes Journalists Who Risked Their Lives

November 20, 2008 | By John M. Donnelly

The Club hosted some of the most courageous journalists in the world at an event Nov. 20.

The Club’s Press Freedom Committee co-sponsored an annual news conference with the Committee to Protect Journalists to tell the stories of the reporters who will receive the CPJ’s 2008 International Press Freedom Awards on Nov. 25 in New York City.

John M. Donnelly, the Club Board of Governors’ vice chairman and its liaison to the Press Freedom Committee, kicked off the press conference by saying that press freedom is a core mission of the Club.

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New Model for Journalism, But Threats to First Amendment

November 20, 2008 | By Gil Klein

SAN DIEGO – The Voice of San Diego, an online news and investigative reporting service, provides a new model for delivering serious journalism, a National Press Club forum was told Tuesday.

But new online journalism combined with the decline in resources for traditional media are threatening First Amendment and freedom of information rights.

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HUD Secretary Announces Help for Distressed Mortgage Borrowers

November 19, 2008

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Steve Preston announced new federal efforts to help distressed borrowers refinance their mortgages at a Club luncheon Nov. 19.

Preston said changes to the HOPE for Homeowners program will reduce costs and expand eligibility for consumers and lenders alike. More homeowners will be able to get fixed-rate 40-year mortgages under a simplified progress.

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Hoyer Promises Dems Will Govern Responsibly, Work to Restore Economy

November 19, 2008

"Minorities don't win elections, and majorities often lose them," said Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), who spoke at Nov. 18 Newsmaker about the agenda for the 111th Congress and President-elect Obama.

Now that Democrats are a national party for the first time in decades, "we must govern from the middle," he said, adding that "we will govern responsibly."

American voters found Republican ideas wanting on Nov. 4, and it's possible that Republicans will now move toward a narrow agenda, Hoyer said.

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Prime Minister Says Turkey Can Be Guide to Financial Recovery

November 18, 2008 | By Mark Schoeff Jr.

With its proximity to geopolitical hotspots like Iraq and Iran, Turkey often is a factor in international security developments.

But Turkey also can provide leadership on the global financial crisis, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at a simultaneously translated Newsmaker on Friday, Nov. 14.

Erdogan touted Turkey’s recovery from a severe economic setback in 2001-02. The country instituted structural reforms that have resulted in strong growth.

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New J School Requires Flexibility, Transparency, AZ State U Dean Says

November 18, 2008 | By Gil Klein

PHOENIX – Constructing a new journalism building in this time of turmoil in the news business required planning versatility into the space so that it can change as journalism changes, Christopher Callahan, dean of Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, said Monday.

The school is celebrating a weeklong “Cronkite Week” to honor the opening of its 100,000-square-foot building in downtown Phoenix. It invited the National Press Club to present its centennial documentary, “The National Press Club: A Century of Headlines,” as the opening event.

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BSO's Alsop Transforms Symphony and Makes Gender History, Too

November 18, 2008 | By Richard Lee

Marin Alsop, music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and first woman to have that job with a major American orchestra, spoke humorously and passionately to her NPC Luncheon audience Monday about the “transformational power” of music in her life.

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