National Press Club

Retiring Postmaster General Urges Congress to Forgo 'Absurd Mandate' and 'Shortsightedness'

January 6, 2015 | By Lorna Aldrich |>;

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, retiring this month, used a Tuesday Newsmaker to urge Congress, postal unions and the mailing industry to grant the Postal Service flexibility to adjust to changes.

He started his list of recommendations with retiree health benefits, which he called "my favorite example of an absurd mandate" because Congress requires the Postal Service to prepay a 40-year obligation in 10 years. This could have been done if the Internet had not been invented, he said.

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Podcast Features History of PR

January 6, 2015 | By Adam Konowe |

The latest National Press Club podcast is now on the website and iTunes.

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Bloomberg's John Hughes Elected National Press Club President

December 12, 2014

John Hughes of Bloomberg News has been elected president of the National Press Club, the world's leading professional organization for journalists.

Hughes is an editor for Bloomberg First Word, the breaking-news desk in Washington. Before that he was Bloomberg's aviation and transportation reporter for more than a decade, covering the Sept. 11 attacks, airline and auto bankruptcies and aviation accidents including the Miracle on the Hudson.

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'Kalb Report' hears how Edward R. Murrow influenced NPR's unique sound

December 10, 2014 | By Gil Klein |

The spirit of Edward R. Murrow flowed through the National Press Club ballroom Dec. 9 as Marvin Kalb, host of "The Kalb Report," interviewed five icons of NPR about how NPR news developed and where it is heading.

Discussing “The Sound of News: An Evening with NPR,” veteran public radio correspondents Scott Simon, Nina Totenberg, Susan Stamberg, Mara Liasson and Steve Inskeep told how Murrow in his radio reports from London during World War II set the standard for the NPR sound.

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Data analytics help control infectious diseases, make Hershey candy kisses -- and more

December 10, 2014 | By Lorna Aldrich |

BSA | The Software Alliance, an advocate to governments for the software industry -- whose members include Adobe, Apple, Dell, IBM, Microsoft and 20 other companies -- reported survey results showing that 97 percent of large businesses in the United States and Europe regard data analytics as important to their companies at a Dec. 10 National Press Club Newsmaker event

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Leonsis, Bettman tout hockey's Winter Classic Jan. 1 in D.C. at luncheon

December 5, 2014 | By Bill Miller |

The capital of the United States will become the capital of hockey on New Year’s Day when Washington, D.C., hosts the National Hockey League’s wildly popular annual Winter Classic, a game that will be played in the way the sport originated -- outdoors in shivering cold.

“There is no better way for us to start 2015,” longtime NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman told a Dec. 5 luncheon audience at the National Press Club, where he appeared with Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis to promote the game.

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Media suppression growing in Latin America, report publishers from Ecuador, Venezuela

December 2, 2014 | By Wesley G. Pippert |

Two publishers from Ecuador and Venezuela said Tuesday that there is suppression of the media in their countries and one warned that it is spreading into other Latin American nations “like an epidemic.”

Miguel Henrique Otera, owner and publisher of El Nacional in Venezuela, said that in a 14 year period there had been more than 1,400 assaults on his newspaper and staff. One person who was arrested — and identified by authorities as acting “spontaneously” — served a mere one hour in jail.

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Life of political reporter and educator Mike Shanahan to be celebrated Dec. 6

November 25, 2014 | By Jonathan D. Salant |

A celebration of the life of Michael Shanahan, a reporter and educator, will be held Saturday, Dec. 6, at George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs, 1957 E St. NW.

The event will begin at 11 a.m. No reservations are necessary. For more information, see

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Focus fight against Ebola in Africa, Fauci tells Club Luncheon

November 25, 2014 | By Varun Saxena |

The battle against Ebola should be waged in western Africa, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told a Club Luncheon Nov. 21.

The battle against Ebola is making progress there, especially in Liberia, where the number of new cases is coming down, thanks in part to the efforts of the U.S. military to build new hospitals in the region.

“Just because numbers are going down in a particular country is no reason to think that we have won this battle,” Fauci said. “The downtick in numbers has not diminished at all our efforts.”

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Schumer says Democrats should "embrace government"

November 25, 2014 | By Robert Weiner and Evan Baumel |,

Sen. Charles Schumer of New York, the No. 3 Democrat in the Senate, called on Democrats to “embrace government, not run away from it” at a Club Newsmaker Nov. 25.

“The nation is on the edge of a crisis” as the middle class continues to suffer from weak wage growth," he said. "If wage deterioration continues, “we will have a fundamentally different country, a sour, angry country where people no longer get along.”

People are looking for a party that “offers positive and concrete solutions,” but do not want “to be disappointed each time,” he said.

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