National Press Club

Union Pacific CEO Lance Fritz calls for modernizing, not withdrawing from, NAFTA

July 12, 2018 | By Michelle Amber |

Withdrawing from the North American Free Trade Agreement would be “disastrous” for the U.S. economy as well as for workers, Union Pacific CEO Lance Fritz said at a National Press Club Headliners luncheon on Thursday.

Instead, he said, the Trump administration should be looking at ways to “modernize” the trade agreement.

Fritz applauded the administration for its tax reform measures as well as its “sensible approach” to regulations, but said withdrawing from NAFTA "threatens to undo that progress.”

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Schoo leaves legacy of friendship, lasting impact on National Press Club

July 11, 2018 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. |

Julie Schoo knew a valuable painting when she saw it and was even more skilled at spotting something to treasure within each person she met.

“Julie Schoo was a collector and connoisseur of life’s finer things, that includes people,” Kathy Kiely said at a July 10 memorial service for Schoo, the former executive director of the National Press Club Journalism Institute. “Julie curated, cherished and took care of us.”

Schoo, 69, died suddenly and unexpectedly May 9.

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Delta Air Lines CEO praises Trump on trade

June 27, 2018 | By Lawrence Feinberg |

The chief executive officer of Delta Air Lines, Ed Bastian, praised the Trump administration for helping his industry in its dispute with Middle East air carriers and said at a National Press Club Headliners Luncheon that the trade concerns of other U.S. industries should also be addressed.

"We are 100 percent in agreement with what the Administration is doing to help American workers compete on a level playing field," Bastian said at the Club luncheon June 27.

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Ethiopian journalist freed from prison expresses cautious optimism for reform

June 21, 2018 | By Lorna Aldrich |

Ethiopian journalist Eskinder Nega, freed from prison earlier this year, expressed cautious optimism for reform in his country at a news conference June 20 co-sponsored by the National Press Club Journalism Institute and the Freedom of the Press Team.

Nega noted that Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who took office in April, promises change, but has not said what kind of change. According to, Ahmed replaced his predecessor, Hailemariam Desalegn, and freed, or slated for freedom, 1,000 prisoners after widespread anti-government protests.

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Kalb Report wins Gold Medal in international competition

June 21, 2018 | By Gilbert Klein |

For the third time, The Kalb Report won the Gold World Medal in the 2018 New York Festivals International Radio Awards as the “Best Talk/Interview Special.”

The winning program was “The Kalb Report: Guardians of the Fourth Estate” that featured moderator Marvin Kalb questioning New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet and Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron.

The program bested entries from networks and local stations across the U.S. and around the world.

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Meacham optimistic America will win the battle for its better angels

June 20, 2018 | By Kristina S. Groenning |

Presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Jon Meacham told a June 20 National Press Club Book Rap audience that Time magazine's request for his thoughts on the violence in Charlottesville, Va. led to the thesis for his latest book, "The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels."

“What I wanted to do was make the argument not that we’ve been through this before so therefore let’s relax, [but] that we’ve been there before, try not to set your hair on fire twice a day – once is fine,” Meacham said.

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Author names resilience as lesson for military and families

June 16, 2018 | By Eleanor Herman |

What lessons do military service members and their families learn over the years? Resilience, for one thing, according to Harris Faulkner, author of "The 9 Rules of Engagement, A Military Brat’s Guide to Life and Success."

“We have the kind of resilience required to design luggage,” she said at a June 14 National Press Club Headliners’ book event.

Club President Andrea Edny interviewed the Emmy award-winning news anchor of Outnumbered Overtime.

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Author says moguls combine profitability with journalistic integrity and content

June 14, 2018 | By Dominique Bonessi |

Journalist, author and professor Dan Kennedy said newspapers are not dying during a June 13 National Press Club Book Rap.

Former Club President Myron interviewed the author about his new book, "The Return of Moguls: How Jeff Bezos and John Henry are Remaking Newspapers for the Twenty-first Century," during the event.

Kennedy researched Jeff Bezos’s purchase of The Washington Post, John Henry’s purchase of The Boston Globe, and Aaron Kushner—“no relation to Jared Kushner”—and The Orange County Register.

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June 5 wine dinner features local chef and author

June 11, 2018 | By Al Teich |

Blogger, chef, and cookbook author Jennifer Segal was the guest chef at a June 5 wine dinner in the National Press Club’s Fourth Estate restaurant.

Between courses, Segal spoke animatedly about her experiences cooking as a restaurant chef and for her family, plus the challenges involved in publishing her cookbook, "Once Upon a Chef."

The 60 diners enjoyed a menu featuring selections from her cookbook. Executive Chef Susan Delbert supervised their preparation and selected wines for each course.

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Lovenheim explains at Club book event how our early attachment styles shape our lives

June 8, 2018 | By Louise D. Walsh |

Author and journalist Peter Lovenheim told a National Press Club audience Thursday that attachment is “the actual source of how we connect, the true heart.”

Lovenheim was the guest at a Headliners book event to discuss his latest work, “The Attachment Effect: Exploring the Powerful Ways Our Earliest Bond Shapes Our Relationships and Lives.”

Seven years earlier, he discovered “attachment theory” in his younger daughter’s dorm room, leafing through texts from her psychology class. From there he began a years-long odyssey of self-discovery that led to this latest book.

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