National Press Club

Motivational speaker writes book on how to ‘Be Fearless’

March 1, 2019 | By Talia Schmidt |

Jean Case, chairman of the board for the National Geographic Society, wants everyone to “be fearless” and she has written a book to illustrate how it can be done.

“I’ve often wondered why so few people branch out and take their ideas forward and others don’t,” Case mused at a National Press Club Headliners Book Rap on Feb. 27 as she promoted Be Fearless: 5 Principles for a Life of Breakthroughs and Purpose.

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Former NYT editor Abramson defends new book, explores media digital disruption

February 19, 2019 | By Kristina Groennings |

Even before she had a chance to talk about the substance of her new book at a Feb. 14 National Press Club event, former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson addressed the controversy over alleged plagiarism and inaccuracies in the text.

At the beginning of the session, Abramson told the moderator, Club President Alison Fitzgerald Kodjak, that she would not have fired a reporter who committed similar transgressions but would have brought him or her in for a bracing conversation.

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Black funeral homes knew where you could sleep: Dorothy Butler Gilliam on life as a civil rights journalist

January 25, 2019 | By Joseph Luchok |

Dorothy Butler Gilliam, a legendary civil rights journalist, highlighted the importance of diversity in the media at a National Press Club Headliners Book Event on Thursday, Jan. 24.

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Preserved notes, source cooperation help Washingtonian get scoop on celebrity chef

January 18, 2019 | By Chris Teale |

A working relationship and years-old previously unused notes were some of the most useful components for the food editors of Washingtonian magazine as they reported on the downfall of celebrity chef and restaurateur Mike Isabella.

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Documentary maker credits Putin’s success to his grasp of Russian soul, fears

January 18, 2019 | By Pat Sherr |

Vitaly Mansky, producer of a documentary on the rise of Russian leader Vladimir Putin screened Wednesday at the National Press Club, created the film using clips of former Soviet leaders Boris Yeltsin and Mikhail Gorbachev and Putin himself, made before Putin came to power.

When Yeltsin appointed Putin, a KGB veteran, to replace him for the last three months of his presidency, Mansky, as director of documentaries in Russia at the time, had easy access to Putin to complete this film.

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CVS plans to be a health care center

January 14, 2019 | By Gwen Flanders |

CVS is working on a transformation of how Americans get health care, starting with its drugstores.

Larry Merlo, president and chief executive of CVS Health, outlined what he called the company's bold vision at a National Press Club Headliners luncheon Monday.

At the center are CVS drugstores, soon to become destinations for patients to receive a range of health services, including monitoring for chronic conditions, lab tests, eye exams and hearing tests, said Merlo, who began his career as a pharmacist.

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Inaugural: Club President Kodjak wants to increase access to government information

January 14, 2019 | By Louise D. Walsh |

National Press Club President Alison Fitzgerald Kodjak told a soldout ballroom audience Saturday that she wants to widen the Club’s role protecting freedom of the press to include gaining greater access to government information so people can know what their government is doing.

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Membership meeting: Kodjak takes gavel as 112th National Press Club president

January 11, 2019 | By Lorna Aldrich |

Alison Fitzgerald Kodjak, the 112th National Press Club president, received the Club’s presidential gavel from President Andrea Edney at a General Membership Meeting Friday.

“I think it’s incredibly important that we work together to make the Club a valuable place for our members and also make the Club a valuable voice in the world of journalism,” Kodjak said after taking office.

The handover followed reports on the Club’s membership and financial status and a summary of 2018 highlights.

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Update-1 chronicles challenges faced by Filipino journalist

December 21, 2018 | By Adam Konowe |

Maria Ressa, co-founder and editor of Rappler, a news website in the Philippines was recently interviewed for Update-1, the National Press Club's podcast, by Irv Chapman, a longtime member of the Press Club.

Ressa worries about the loss of editorial control of information by serious news organizations and the retrogression to authoritarianism in countries whose democratic evolution she has covered.

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Corporate CEOs launch global Cyber Readiness Program for small business

December 19, 2018 | By Anne Bader |

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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