National Press Club

Kalb explores Trump and the Sunday shows with Todd, Dickerson

November 12, 2015 | By Gil Klein |

So, as the moderator of one of the most-popular and longest-running Sunday morning talk programs, how do you prepare to interview Donald Trump? That was a question posed to Chuck Todd of NBC’s "Meet the Press" and John Dickerson of CBS’s "Face the Nation" during the “Kalb Report” at the National Press Club on Nov. 9.

Both Todd and Dickerson have interviewed Trump, who made his foray into the top tier of the Republican presidential candidates by contesting every interviewer and making repeated exaggerated assertions.

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P.J. O’Rourke comments on presidential candidates during National Press Club Book Rap

November 11, 2015 | By Joe Motheral |

Noted humorist and author P.J. O’Rourke came to the National Press Club's Book Rap on Nov. 10 with his book, Thrown Under the Omnibus, a collection of excerpts from his previous 16 books, but he didn't read from it.

Instead of reading from his book, O'Rourke opted to talk about the presidential candidates.

“My new book is an anthology full of material from my old books and I’ve read them already," O'Rourke said. "What reporter could resist this presidential campaign.”

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VA Secretary McDonald touts reforms he's implemented during Press Club Luncheon

November 6, 2015 | By Varun Saxena |

In the aftermath of a scandal involving long waiting lines at veterans hospitals and falsified records, progress is being made, but there is still lots of work to done, Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald repeatedly said during a Nov. 6 National Press Club Luncheon.

The former CEO of Proctor & Gamble and graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point was chosen last year by President Barack Obama to lead the tarnished agency’s turnaround effort, dubbed the MyVA Transformation Plan.

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NPC podcast explores efforts to reverse sexism in the world of science journalism

November 6, 2015 | By Candace Smith |

Sexism is a major concern among science journalists. In the latest edition of the National Press Club's podcast, Update-1, Broadcast Committee member Candace Smith interviews Deborah Blum, director of the Knight Science Journalism program at MIT, about gender bias and the challenges facing science writers who are women.

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Former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy calls for mental health parity

November 6, 2015 | By Julia Haskins |

Former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy called for action to treat addiction and mental illness as legitimate diseases at a National Press Club Newsmakers event Nov. 5 in the Fourth Estate Restaurant.

“We’re living in a watershed time for the movement to ensure that mental illness and addiction are covered as the diseases they are ... and are no longer discriminated against because of age-old prejudices based on unfounded inaccuracies,” Kennedy said.

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National Press Club member Sam Holt recalls founding of Broadcast Committee

November 6, 2015 | By Bill McCloskey |

National Press Club member Sam Holt was a founding member in 2006 of the NPC's Broadcast Task Force, which has since become an official committee of the Club. At this month's committee meeting Holt cataloged his other "founding" credentials.

In 1964, Holt founded the all-news format for a Birmingham radio station, the first with the format in the South. He later hooked up with WGBH in Boston and became a founding head of programming for television's Public Broadcasting Service.

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President Obama congratulates Beyer, winner of the National Press Club Spelling Bee

November 6, 2015 | By Julia M. Pyper |

Virginia Democrat Don Beyer took home the trophy at the National Press Club “Politicians vs. Press” Spelling Bee Oct. 21 that pitted seven mem­bers of Con­gress against eight members of the fourth estate.

Nearly 400 people packed into the Press Club ballroom for the event, which was sponsored by Discovery Communications. Attendees mumbled letters under their breath, gasped at fumbles and cheered at successes as contestants tackled words like “avun­cu­lar,” “ac­qui­esce,” and “Plant­a­gen­et.”

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This Week in NPC History: Truman reminisces during National Press Club appearance

November 4, 2015 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein |

This Week In National Press Club History:

Nov. 2, 1961: Former President Harry S. Truman reminisces about his White House years before a capacity National Press Club luncheon crowd. He criticizes the economic policies of the Eisenhower administration, and reviews the priorities of the new Kennedy administration favorably.

Nov. 4, 1982: Simeon Booker, of Johnson Publications, is the tenth recipient of the Press Club’s Fourth Estate Award.

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Soccer's Abby Wambach says inequity remains in women's sports despite big gains

October 28, 2015 | By Jesse Rifkin |

U.S. Women's Soccer star Abby Wambach, in her first public remarks since announcing she'll retire from the sport next month, praised the media Wednesday at a National Press Club speakers luncheon for shining a spotlight on women's sports.

“My sincere thanks to those who pushed to cover the Women’s World Cup,” Wambach said."The media helped change not just my life but also many young lives, sending the message that they can do whatever they want in life.”

Media attention helped bolster support for Women's World Cup soccer over her 14-year career, Wambach said.

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Newsmaker: Affirmative Action under Supreme Court scrutiny again

October 27, 2015 | By Bill McCloskey |

The U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 9 will take another look at the Fisher v. University of Texas affirmative action case that has ping-ponged between the high court and the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals since 2012.

That the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case this time "is bad news for the University of Texas," said attorney Andrew Grossman of BakerHostetler, who represents the Cato Institute and who has filed a Supreme Court brief on UT applicant Abigail Fisher's side in the case.

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