National Press Club

RFK documentary on apartheid screened at Club

May 12, 2019 | By Pat Sherr |

A documentary screened Friday, May 10, at the National Press Club showed late Sen. Robert Kennedy defying apartheid in South Africa during a short visit in June 1966.

Kennedy spoke in and visited Cape Town, Durban and Soweto while the South African regime allowed only limited contact between whites and “non-whites.” An engaging speaker, he delivered in the film words of hope to mixed audiences.

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Gottlieb warns Medicare-for-all could hit political fast-track after election

May 12, 2019 | By Stephenie Overman |

Debate on the presidential campaign trail about a national health care program could become a political reality if Democrats win the White House and the Senate, former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said at a May 10 National Press Club Headliners luncheon.

Candidates advancing so-called "Medicare for all," a proposed single national health insurance program for all U.S. residents, could implement it with only a slim Senate majority, he said.

Gottlieb said he doesn't support the Medicare for all approach but he warned it could be put on a political fast-track.

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Panera founder slams "short-sighted" investors, aims for long-term value in companies

April 26, 2019 | By Gwen Flanders |

Ron Shaich, who founded Panera bakery-cafes and built the company into the best-performing restaurant stock for the past 20 years, figures he knows something about business success, and he's on a quest to convert corporate boards to his view.

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Panels say social media platforms pose quandaries for regulation and monitoring

April 25, 2019 | By Lorna Aldrich |

Legal and media experts presented the quandaries social media platforms pose for government regulators, self- monitoring by the platforms themselves, journalists and third-party monitoring during a symposium at the National Press Club Thursday.

The event, which included two panels, was co-sponsored by the Club’s Journalism Institute and the University of Missouri's schools of law and journalism.

Keynote speaker Brian Stelter, chief media correspondent for CNN Worldwide, identified the challenge, “The real world and the virtual world have merged.”

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Kudlow lauds economic expansion, says Trump policies will bring more growth

April 23, 2019 | By Lorna Aldrich |

Larry Kudlow, director of the inter-agency National Economics Council in the Trump administration, cheered continued economic expansion since the 2008 recession with a stream of economic statistics and indicators at a National Press Club Headliners Luncheon on Tuesday in the Holeman Lounge.

Kudlow credited Trump administration policies for his expectation of continued good news on the economy and stuck by his prediction of 3% growth, while acknowledging many mainstream economists disagree.

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Earth Day’s founding organizer promises historic action on event’s 50th anniversary

April 23, 2019 | By Justin Duckham |

Earth Day co-founder Denis Hayes expects next year’s 50th anniversary of the annual event will spur a record-breaking level of activism.

“The 50th anniversary of Earth Day next year will be the largest, most diverse action, I believe, in human history,” Hayes said during a briefing Monday at the National Press Club.

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Chung and Povich banter over careers, news evolution and celebrity at "Legends of Broadcasting" dinner series

April 22, 2019 | By Bill McCloskey |

Washington natives Connie Chung and Maury Povich bantered their way through a question-and-answer session as the latest guests in the National Press Club Broadcast & Podcast Team's "Legends of Broadcasting" dinner series on April 17.

Perhaps hoping, unsuccessfully, to avoid questions from the 30 attendees in the Club's Winner's Room, each had brought questions to ask the other.

He, a former WWDC Radio newsman and WTTG Sports Director and she, a former WTTG newsroom secretary, writer and reporter, married in 1984.

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Kalb Report: Apollo 11’s Michael Collins reflects on the Earth and the Moon 50 Years after historic space mission

April 16, 2019 | By Gil Klein |

As he rocketed toward the moon in his epic flight 50 years ago, astronaut Michael Collins recalled that what beguiled him most was not the pale lunar surface getting nearer. He had seen that all his life.

What captivated him, he told moderator Marvin Kalb at The Kalb Report on Monday, was “looking back over my shoulder at planet Earth.” He had spent his whole life on it, but seeing it afresh, glittering in the sunlight with the brilliant blue seas, the white clouds and the green and brown land masses gave him a new appreciation for home.

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Photojournalist, freed from prison, describes repression in Bangladesh

April 15, 2019 | By John Donnelly |

The government of Bangladesh has created a “climate of fear” for reporters and concerned citizens, a renowned Bangladeshi photojournalist told a National Press Club audience Thursday.

But, Shahidul Alam added, “While fear is contagious, so is courage.”

Alam has earned international fame for his own bravery in the face of brutal conditions. He was named a Time magazine “person of the year” in 2018.

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RFK’s civility, eloquence a lesson for today’s politicians, daughter says

April 10, 2019 | By Chris Teale |

Robert F. Kennedy’s ability to win over hostile crowds and be civil during debates would serve politicians well in the present day, his daughter Kathleen Kennedy Townsend said during a Book Event at the National Press Club Wednesday evening.

Townsend said Kennedy’s willingness to take on difficult opponents, like mob bosses or hostile crowds calling for civil rights, showed he wanted to engage with everyone and use civility while doing so.

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