National Press Club

Washington Post, McClatchy leaders call for journalist Austin Tice’s freedom

August 17, 2018 | By Lorna Aldrich |

Fred Ryan, publisher of The Washington Post, called for the immediate and safe release of freelance journalist Austin Tice at an Aug. 14 event at the National Press Club marking the sixth year since he was detained in Syria.

“The work of Austin Tice reminds us of the importance, impact and yes dangers of great reporting,” Ryan said at the event, which was cosponsored by the Club and Reporters Without Borders.

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Sean Spicer talks about the press at Club Headliners event

August 14, 2018 | By Wesley G. Pippert |

Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, conceding little in his criticism of the news media, told journalists that journalists need to look at themselves as critically as they look at the Trump administration.

Spicer spoke Monday at a National Press Club Headliners Book Event about his new book, “Briefing: Politics, the Press Corps and the President.”

He rejected his former boss's characterization of the press as the "enemy of the people."

He said he doesn't like it when any group is characterized, "but it goes both ways."

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NPC's Gil Klein reveals the hidden, sordid tales of Lafayette Square

July 27, 2018 | By Donna Leinwand Leger |

Each day as Gil Klein strolled through Lafayette Square on his way to the National Press Club, he marveled at the public square at the heart of Washington and wondered about its history. And like any good reporter, that curiosity got the best of him and a book was born.

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Journalists focus on individuals to tell the US border story

July 26, 2018 | By Lorna Aldrich |

Four women journalists, working as 2018 fellows of the International Women’s Media Foundation, focused on individuals to tell the story of immigrants at the United States border. The four described their reporting at a July 26 event co-sponsored by the Foundation and the National Press Club Journalism Institute.

Tamara Merino, an independent documentary photographer based in Chile and Lujan Agusti, a photographer and storyteller based in Mexico and Argentina, worked together. They aimed to tell the hopeful aspect of the story, Merino said.

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Carlson, Hopper explain Miss America 2.0 at National Press Club Luncheon

July 24, 2018 | By Gwen Flanders |

The Miss America competition is not a beauty pageant, it's a competition for a job. That's Miss America 2.0 as described at a July 24 National Press Club Headliners Luncheon by the organization's leaders, Gretchen Carlson (Miss America 1989) and Regina Hopper (Miss Arkansas 1983).

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Fired cartoonist expresses concern over Trump influence on news outlets

July 22, 2018 | By Michelle Amber |

Rob Rogers, an editorial cartoonist fired in June by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, expressed concern over President Trump’s growing influence over news outlets at a July 19 National Press Club Journalism Institute event.

Rogers, a 25-year veteran of the Pittsburgh paper, said he was fired after a new editor overseeing the editorial page killed 18 of his cartoons or ideas that were critical of Trump. The paper, which he said had always been left-leaning, began changing after the publisher became “enamored“ with Trump, Rogers said.

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NIAID head says universal flu vaccine on the horizon

July 19, 2018 | By Stephenie Overman |

A steamy July day made an unlikely setting for discussion of this winter’s flu season, but Dr. Anthony Fauci is on a mission to promote finding an effective universal flu vaccine.

Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), spoke Wednesday at a National Press Club Headliners Luncheon.

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Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred addresses challenges and solutions for "America's Pastime" created by technology

July 16, 2018 | By Bill McCloskey |

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred proclaimed himself "an analytics-based decision maker" at a National Press Club Newsmakers Luncheon on Monday, a day before MLB's All-Star game will be played at Nationals Park in Southeast Washington.

Manfred wove analytics into his answers to a variety of questions posed by Club board member and Nationals season-ticket holder Mike Freedman during a 60-minute Q&A session that replaced the usual formal speech format of Club luncheons.

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Kasich faults “wrecking ball strategy” in frayed relations with U.S. allies

July 16, 2018 | By Louise D. Walsh |

The Trump administration's foreign policy is eroding the NATO alliance that has kept peace in Europe since World War II, Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio, told a National Press Club audience Thursday.

European members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) have questioned whether they can still depend on the United States, Kasich said at the Club Newsmaker Headliners event.

"The alliance that has kept the peace for 70 years is being frayed," Kasich said."There is growing disunity…a growing sense of a lack of trust.”

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Emmy Award-winning actor Alan Alda launches podcast to encourage meaningful conversations

July 12, 2018 | By Kristina S. Groennings |

At a time when political discourse often results in a breakdown of interpersonal communications, actor Alan Alda is on a mission to promote meaningful conversations through empathy and understanding.

The seven-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winner, screenwriter, director, and most recently host of the podcast “Clear + Vivid with Alan Alda,” joined National Press Club President Andrea Edney in a discussion on Wednesday about his latest project.

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