National Press Club

Rockwell painting sale brings $10.2 million to Club, Institute

November 19, 2015 | By Lorna Aldrich |

The sale of the Club's Norman Rockwell painting, "Norman Rockwell Visits a Country Editor," brought in $10.2 million at an auction by Christie's in New York.

The price was within Christie's estimate of $10 million to $15 million, though Club members who had gathered to watch the auction got concerned when bidding temporarily stopped at $5 million before resuming its upward climb.

"When it cleared $9 million people whooped. When it went over $10 million they went crazy." Club Manager Bill McCarren said.

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Sen. Warren says she's concerned about Hillary Clinton's ties to Wall Street

November 19, 2015 | By Wesley G. Pippert |

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren told a Club audience Wednesday that she was was concerned about former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's ties to Wall Street but when asked if she wished she had run for president, the Massachusetts senator said, "No."

Then, she responded to a question about taking the No. 2 spot by saying, "If I were running for vice president, that would assure an all-women ticket."

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Kasich: U.S. must lead response to ISIS terrorist attacks

November 18, 2015 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. |

Republican presidential candidate John Kasich called Tuesday for the U.S. to lead a global response to last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris.

Speaking at the Club, he urged the formation of an international coalition to fight ISIS, the terrorist group entrenched in Iraq and Syria that is blamed for the carnage in France that left at least 129 people dead. The effort would involve ground troops.

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Protecting freelance foreign correspondents in a new era of volatility

November 13, 2015 | By Dan Macy |

The risks are increasing for freelance journalists reporting in conflict zones around the world. A panel of journalists and experts brought together by the National Press Club’s Freelance and Press Freedom Committees Nov. 9 sized up those risks and offered advice on how to handle them.

“I think we are at a turning point,” said Charles M. Sennott, GlobalPost co-founder, the GroundTruth Project founder and executive director.

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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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