National Press Club

Corporate CEOs launch global Cyber Readiness Program for small business

December 19, 2018 | By Anne Bader | anne.bader@gmail.com

It was standing room only Dec. 17 at a National Press Club Headliner Newsmaker event as leaders of Mastercard, IBM and Microsoft launched the Cyber Readiness Program, a global initiative of The Cyber Readiness Institute (CRI), to provide support to small and medium-sized businesses as recommended by an Obama bipartisan commission on cybersecurity in late 2016.

“One of the recommendations to President [Barack] Obama was that there was not enough focus on small and medium-sized businesses,” said retired IBM CEO and President Samuel Palmisano.

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McClatchy’s Julie Moos named Press Club Journalism Institute executive director

December 11, 2018 | By Donna Leinwand Leger | dcleinwand@gmail.com

Julie Moos, managing director of news at McClatchy, will be the executive director of the National Press Club Journalism Institute (NPCJI), the institute's board announced Dec. 7.

Moos will begin work at NPCJI on Jan. 7.

As managing director of news at McClatchy, Moos led coaching and training for reporters and editors in 30 newsrooms. Programs included a wide range of subjects, such as fair use and audience-centered storytelling. She also led a real-time news team of reporters and editors who drive millions of readers to McClatchy products each month.

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Former Guardian editor: Journalism must be better

December 10, 2018 | By Justin Duckham | justinjduckham@gmail.com

While the modern media landscape is marked by diminishing trust among readers and an uncertain future online, Alan Rusbridger, The Guardian’s former editor-in-chief, told a book luncheon audience at the National Press Club Dec. 7 that journalism needs to rise to the occasion by simply being better.

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Post editor Baron uses Club's Fourth Estate Award dinner to call out Trump

December 2, 2018 | By Wesley G .Pippert | pippertw@missouri.edu

Marty Baron, executive editor of The Washington Post, used the occasion of his receiving the National Press Club’s Fourth Estate Award Thursday to go after President Donald Trump's attacks on journalism and facts.

“History tells us we can’t always rely on our leaders to safeguard free expression in the cause of truth,” Baron said after receiving the Club's highest honor with Dean Baquet, executive editor of The New York Times, at the 46th annual dinner. “Today, we face another threat arguably more pernicious. This one is against the very concept of truth itself."

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Marvin Kalb: With a free press, you are going to be free

November 18, 2018 | By Joe Luchok | Joseph.luchok@verizon.net

Speaking to an audience at the National Press Club on Thursday, Nov. 15, Marvin Kalb said President Donald Trump’s “attacks on the press are attacks on the foundation of democracy.”

Kalb was discussing his book “Enemy of the People: Trump’s War on the Press, the New McCarthyism, and the Threat to American Democracy.”

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Legal experts caution House impeachment action, say wait for Mueller

November 16, 2018 | By Kristina Groennings | ksgroennings@gmail.com

Democrats taking control of the House of Representatives in January will need to determine the most prudent means to direct their newfound investigative powers.

A panel of distinguished attorneys, moderated by former National Press Club President Donna Leinwand Leger Thursday and organized by Leinwand Leger and Headliners Team member Aaron Cohen, weighed in on what actions would be most effective and legally sound.

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Psychosocial counselor offers field guide for families, children coping with serious illness

November 15, 2018 | By Louise D. Walsh | ldwalsh@earthlink.net

Using her decades of experiences with very sick children and their families, author and psychosocial counselor Joanna Breyer brought her comprehensive field guide for helping families cope to a National Press Club Headliners Book Event on Tuesday.

Club Vice President Alison Fitzgerald Kodjak, an NPR News health policy and economics correspondent, introduced Breyer and noted how much guidance exists “when you’re expecting a child but where does a parent turn for self-help when their biggest nightmare turns true?”

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World War II Battle for Manila detailed at American Legion Post 20 meeting

November 14, 2018 | By Ken Dalecki | kdalecki@hotmail.com

James M. Scott, author of "Rampage," a stirring account of the 29-day battle for Manila in early 1945, told a Nov. 14 luncheon meeting of the National Press Club American Legion Post 20 that the U.S. Army realized it was occupying a crime scene once the fighting ended.

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NASA scientists look to InSight landing on Mars for clues to planet’s past and our future

November 14, 2018 | By Louise D. Walsh | ldwalsh@earthlink.net

InSight, a NASA spacecraft scheduled to land on Mars Nov. 26, aims to answer “critical unknowns” about the Red Planet’s composition in preparation for human habitation, according to a science panel at a National Press Club Headliners event on Tuesday.

“Mars rocks are time machines,” said Dr. James Garvin, chief scientist of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. “As I tell my students, no rock has ever lied to me!” he said to laughter.

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VA secretary vows to improve efforts to help active duty military transition to veterans status

November 11, 2018 | By Ken Dalecki | kdalecki@hotmail.com

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie told a National Press Club luncheon audience Friday that he does not expect the upcoming change in control of the U.S. House of Representatives from the Republicans to Democrats to affect efforts to improve services for more than 20 million veterans receiving VA health care benefits.

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