National Press Club

Two figures in Virginia Tech shooting -- a survivor and a reporter -- revisit the massacre at NPC event

April 5, 2019 | By Eleanor Herman |

“I belong to a club no one wants to belong to,” said Kristina Anderson at a National Press Club Headliners Book Event April 4. She’s among the survivors of the mass shooting 12 years ago at Virginia Tech.

As the anniversary of the massacre approaches, Anderson reflected on the shooting -- the largest in history at a college campus -- at the Club event along with former Richmond Times-Dispatch journalist Thomas Kapsidelis.

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U.S. must 'do better' to stop unjust detainment of Americans abroad, says panel

April 3, 2019 | By Louise D. Walsh |

The United States must become more effective in holding foreign nations and groups accountable for crimes against Americans unjustly detained abroad, agreed panelists at a National Press Club Journalism Institute event Tuesday.

“We must do better,” said Diane Foley, president and founder of the James W. Foley Foundation named after her murdered son. Foley appeared on a panel that included Jason Rezaian, a Washington Post journalist who was imprisoned 544 days in Iran, and Brett McGurk, the diplomat who negotiated his release.

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For women journalists, the times are better, Cokie Roberts tells 'Kalb Report'

April 2, 2019 | By Gil Klein |

With all of the talk about sexual harassment in business and politics, veteran newswoman Cokie Roberts told host Marvin Kalb at Monday night's taping of "The Kalb Report" at the National Press Club that conditions for women in journalism are much improved now than they were when she launched her career in the mid-1960s.

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Schwarzenegger says he wants to ‘terminate’ gerrymandering

March 26, 2019 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver |

Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, wants to “terminate gerrymandering” and he is happy to have former Attorney General Eric Holder, a Democrat, as an ally in the effort.

Gerrymandering is the practice of trying to gain political advantage for a particular party by manipulating district boundaries often in ways that make no geographical sense.

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Institute event reveals why and how to use campaign finance data

March 18, 2019 | By Lorna Aldrich |

A panel of experts on campaign finance data called it the key to politics and provided practical guidance to journalists for accessing and using it at a National Press Club Journalism Institute event Monday.

Ellen Weintraub, chair of the Federal Election Commission, said campaign finance "affects who gets elected, what gets enacted.”

She encouraged reporters to contact the commission because its reporting data is set up to help them follow the money. For data go here, to contact the agency, go here.

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Legionnaires hear tales of World War I German subs off U.S.

March 15, 2019 | By Ken Dalecki |

During the early days of World War I, "Americans didn't think German U-boats could reach the U.S.," NOAA marine archeologist Tane Casserly told National Press Club American Legion Post 20 members and guests on Thursday. "They were wrong."

By war's end in 1918, some 200 U.S. vessels were attacked by U-boats with losses from the Carolinas to New England.

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Climate analysts share data, sourcing tips for Sunshine Week

March 13, 2019 | By Justin Duckman |

A firm grasp of the latest data and insight into the independence of sources are both valuable tools for journalists tasked with climate reporting, a panel of climate analysts said during a discussion at the National Press Club on Monday.

Emily Therese Cloyd, director for public engagement with science and technology at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, advised reporters to turn to data sets maintained by the federal government, calling them "a really good place to start.”

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Iraq War veteran Duckworth says it's harder to find qualified military recruits

March 13, 2019 | By Anne Bader |

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, a veteran of the Iraq War, said it is becoming harder to find qualified recruits for the U.S. armed forces.

"Only 29 percent of today’s recruits are considered fit to serve,” she told a National Press Club Headliners Newsmaker on Wednesday. “We can’t dominate if three fourths of our citizens don’t qualify.”

Duckworth, D-Ill., ticked off several reasons, including obesity, cuts in nutrition programs, the opioid crisis and education spending reductions.

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After losing his daughter to violence, father becomes advocate for gun safety

March 7, 2019 | By Julia Haskins |

Andy Parker became an advocate the day his daughter Alison Parker, a news reporter for a Roanoke, Virginia, television station, was killed on air. At a National Press Club Headliners Book and Author event on Wednesday, Parker discussed his new book, “For Alison: The Murder of a Young Journalist and a Father's Fight for Gun Safety,” and how the tragedy spurred him to action.

Alison Parker, 24, and her colleague, photojournalist Adam Ward, 27, were fatally shot on August 26, 2015, during a live interview for WDBJ-TV's morning news show.

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Don't expect a calmer hurricane season this year, NOAA expert says

March 6, 2019 | By Justin Duckham |

This year's hurricane season is not expected to be any milder than the previous year’s, according to the lead seasonal hurricane forecaster for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

“We’re still in a high activity era,” Dr. Gerry Bell said at a National Press Club Headliners Newsmakers Tuesday. He said hurricane activity can generally be determined by looking at dominant climate patterns that can last for decades.

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