National Press Club

NPC Honors Johnny Holliday’s Coast-to-Coast Career

November 22, 2016 | By Adam Konowe |

On Monday night, long-time sports announcer and former Top 40 radio disc jockey Johnny Holliday became the latest “Legend of Broadcasting” honored by the National Press Club’s broadcast/podcast committee.

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EPA Administrator Says Clean-Energy 'Inevitable' No Matter What Trump May Do

November 22, 2016 | By Lawrence Feinberg |

Gina McCarthy, the outgoing Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, declared "the train to a global, clean-energy future has already left the station" and expressed confidence that it would not be derailed by the incoming Trump administration.

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"Smitty" talk dominates Unipressers reunion at the Club

November 20, 2016 | By Wesley G. Pippert |

During its glory days, UP (subsequently UPI) was fueled by a host of talented but underpaid and understaffed correspondents, eternally bonded by a sense of esprit de corps.

The brightest star in this constellation was Merriman Smith. When Smitty, as he was almost universally known, died the UPI story identified him as “Merriman Smith, the dean of White House correspondents." The next day, one UPI staffer said the lead should have identified him as, simply and elegantly, “Merriman Smith, the White House reporter." In other words, “THE White House reporter.”

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“Always be honest with the press,” Communicators Summit hears

November 15, 2016 | By Julia Haskins |

Communications experts spanning a range of industries gathered at the National Press Club Tuesday for the annual Communicators Summit to discuss the role of crisis communications in politics and media.

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Newsmaker panel sees regulatory rollback for education

November 15, 2016 | By Jean Gossman |

Although education was "far from a top-tier" 2016 campaign issue, stakeholders should anticipate Trump administration efforts to scale back the U.S. Department of Education, a leading education advocate warned during a National Press Club Newsmaker event on Nov. 14.

Action is also likely on the Higher Education Act, overdue for reauthorization, and on K-12 school choice, said Caroline Hendrie, executive director of the Education Writers Association during a Newsmaker forum Monday.

Panelists noted the names that have already floated for education secretary include

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New PBS series 'Soundbreaking,' previewed at Club, tells overlooked history of recorded music

November 10, 2016 | By Shelby Ostergaard |

The evolution of recording technology is one of the most important stories of the 20th Century that remains untold, speakers at a preview of the upcoming PBS television series, “Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Music,” said at a National Press Club Newsmaker event Nov. 9.

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VFW commander urges military budget reforms, end of sequestration

November 10, 2016 | By Ken Dalecki |

Brian Duffy, national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), called on the incoming president and Congress to end the use of sequestration, a spending cap procedure that he said is "destroying our military," at a National Press Club Newsmaker event Nov. 10.

The head of the nation's oldest veterans' organization also called for greater stability in leadership at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

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Immunotherapy could cure cancer within 10 years, physicians tell Newsmaker

November 1, 2016 | By Shelby Ostergaard |

Gary Gilliand and David Maloney, physicians at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, used a National Press Club Newsmaker event Nov. 1 to announce the opening of a Seattle immunotherapy clinic that will expand the number of patients in clinical trials of the treatment, which they think could cure cancer within the next decade.

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Silicon Valley's Peter Thiel defends funding lawsuit against Gawker, support of Trump

October 31, 2016 | By Angela Greiling Keane |

Venture capitalist and entrepreneur Peter Thiel told a packed National Press Club audience Oct. 31 that his only regret about funding a lawsuit against Gawker Media is that he wasn’t more transparent about being the person with the deep pockets financing the suit.

Thiel's comments about the highly publicized suit, which led to the website's bankruptcy, came at a Speakers newsmaker event where he also defended his controversial support for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. That position has garnered criticism from Thiel’s Silicon Valley counterparts.

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Cosgrove eulogized as 'bridge between founders, future' of National Press Club

October 23, 2016 | By Wesley G. Pippert |

With the blessing of his faith and the tribute of his country, John Patrick Cosgrove, the beloved oldest surviving president of the National Press Club and the president who gave President John F. Kennedy his Club membership, was given fond and final farewell Friday.

The funeral mass was held in the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, the same sanctuary where Kennedy's funeral was held in 1963. Two years earlier, the two young presidents, both in their 40s, had taken part in the membership ceremony.

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