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Experts advocate apprentice programs, citing Swiss experience

June 26, 2015 | By Wesley G. Pippert |

Nancy Hoffman, education reform spokesperson, Swiss Ambassador Martin Dahinden and Deputy Assistant Labor Secretary Eric Seleznow described apprenticeships that youths can use in place of -- or at the same time as -- regular academic programs at a National Press Club Newsmaker June 25

"These are much better than complaining about their boredom in high school," Hoffman said. She told of a 15-year-old whose room was a mess and whose parents had trouble getting her out of bed to go to school. Then the teenager learned of an apprenticeship program that changed her life.

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Advocate for LGBT community seeks culture in which it can live

June 24, 2015 | By Keith M. Hill |

Sara Kate Ellis, president and CEO of the nation's LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) media advocacy group, GLAAD, said the organization seeks to create a culture in which that community can live. She spoke at a Press Club Newsmaker event June 22.

Ellis discussed the pending U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, a same-sex marriage case regarding state recognition of legal out-of-state marriages.

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Kalb Report wins top broadcasting award

June 23, 2015 | By Gil Klein |

For the second time, the National Press Club's premier forum, "The Kalb Report," won the Gold World Medal in the New York Festival's International Radio Awards Competition.

Host Marvin Kalb and Executive Producer Michael Freedman accepted the award June 22 for their program last October that featured a rare joint appearance by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein to talk about their Watergate investigation 40 years after the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon (watch the full interview here).

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Press Club pods heard 'round the world

June 23, 2015 | By David Melendy |

The National Press Club Broadcast Committee's podcasts are bringing the sound of press freedom and journalism issues to listeners worldwide.

The committee produces 10- to 15-minute audio programs, or podcasts, offering insight into news, politics, entertainment and sports, as well as broader topics related to journalism, communications, freedom and transparency. They're a forum for listeners to learn more about newsworthy stories originating from the Club's facilities and issues discussed at Club events.

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Author Coulter chastises Republicans for taking advice from The New York Times

June 18, 2015 | By Joseph Luchok |

Ann Coulter, interviewed about her new book, "Adios, America," at a June 17 Book Rap, chastised Republicans for listening to The New York Times' opinions on their election strategy.

Republicans listen to what the Times tells them they need to do to win an election, she said. So she believes they follow the paper on issues like abortion, guns, ERA and lose elections. She said, “Unless you are being called racist by The New York Times, Republicans, you are losing.”

The stupidity is chasing the Hispanic vote, “which they can’t win”.

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Archbishops term papal encyclical on environment moral guidance, not policy

June 18, 2015 | By Jennifer Ejim |

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, D.C., told a June 17 Newsmaker audience that Pope Francis' newly released encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si, is not a set of "policy proposals."

Francis has urged people to “start a conversation” on the issue of environmental stewardship with a view toward protecting the earth and leaving a good legacy for the upcoming generation, Wuerl said.

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Experts clash on value of streetcars

June 17, 2015 | By Anthony Gallo |

Are Streetcars Good for America? Marc Scribner, Research Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, said "No," at an NPC Newsmaker event on June 16. Dan Tangherlini, former Administrator, General Services Administration and Director of Transportation for the District of Columbia, said "Yes."

Currently 12 metropolitan areas have streetcar projects under construction; eight cities have authorized streetcar projects, while nine are in the advanced planning phase according to the Center for Public Transportation.

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Sinise calls helping veterans 'most rewarding mission'

June 17, 2015 | By Yasmine El-Sabawi |

Actor Gary Sinise reaffirmed his commitment to military families and veterans at a National Press Club Speakers breakfast event June 16 and called helping them "the most rewarding mission" he's ever had.

Sinise - Oscar-nominated for his role as the Vietnam-era commanding officer, Lt. Dan, in 1995's Forrest Gump - is perhaps most familiar to audiences for his nine-year starring role on CSI: NY. He was in Washington to receive the America Leadership award from the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Education Foundation.

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Documentary maker lauds women's role in the Arab Spring

June 14, 2015 | By Louise Walsh |

Gini Reticker executive director of a documentary, “The Trials of Spring," told a National Press Club audience June 10 that the film shows three Egyptian women fighting for freedom and social justice during the Arab Spring.

In a discussion following the film's trailer and five accompanying digital films of North African, Arabian Gulf and Egyptian women, Reticker explained, “Women in the region are at the forefront of progressive change. They are tortured and targeted by violent extremists, but they are not invited to the table to talk about violent extremism.”

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Actor tells Press Club event: Rohingya camps like 'Polish ghetto under the Nazis'

June 13, 2015 | By Yasmine El-Sabawi |

Oscar-nominated actor Matt Dillon described harrowing scenes in Myanmar's western Rakhine state at a NPC Speakers press conference at the National Press Club on June 12, telling the crowd that during his visit to the Rohingya refugee camps, he encountered no non-governmental organizations and, on one occasion, was told to turn off his camera and leave.

Dillon, who is currently starring in the Fox series "Wayward Pines," traveled to Myanmar six weeks ago after hearing about the persecuted and stateless Muslim minority group from activist Thun Khin, who is himself a Rohingya.

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