National Press Club

CDC Director catalogs health threats that are ‘just a plane ride away’

September 10, 2013 | By Stephenie Overman | saoverman@gmail,com

Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is worried about coughs.

In his Sept. 10 talk at the National Press Club, Frieden cataloged the many types of health threats posed by the many new, deadly, sometimes drug-resistant pathogens loose in today’s interconnected global environment.

“A virus anywhere is just a plane ride away,” Frieden said, and “most of our seafood, fruits and vegetables, and our medication supply comes from other countries.”

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CNN fields largest, fastest media team in NPC Beat the Deadline 5K Race

September 8, 2013 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. |

CNN fielded the largest and fastest media team in the National Press Club 5K race on Sept. 7.

The cable network entered 22 people in the event. Its top three finishers completed the course in an average time of 19:41, edging out It’s Business Time, which clocked in at 19:47, and CQ/Roll Call, which finished at 20:55.

The top male finisher was Alemayehu Deksisa, 34, who ran the race in 15:27. He was followed by Phil Reutlinger (16:28), 34, and Travis Boltjes (16:56), 34.

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NAACP's President Jealous deplores racial profiling

August 29, 2013 | By Sean Lyngaas |

If history is any guide, racial profiling is ineffective, inhumane and indefensible, Benjamin Jealous, president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), told an Aug. 29 National Press Club luncheon.

The United States is a young country, so “we have no excuse not to know our own history,” Jealous said. “When we forget our history, we repeat it. And we do so at a great price.”

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Kalb Report: Talking About “The Dream”

August 29, 2013 | By Gilbert Klein |

The "Kalb Report" Aug.27 was an historic event on top of an historic event.

Gathered with host Marvin Kalb were three of the leaders of the 1960's civil rights movement – Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga, Andrew Young and Julian Bond - along with John Wilson, the president of Martin Luther King’s alma mater, Morehouse College; PBS News anchor Gwen Ifill; and Dorothy Gilliam, the first African American woman hired by The Washington Post.

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Experts say Egyptian democracy possible but unlikely in current political climate

August 28, 2013 | By Marie Robey Wood |

A panel of experts in Middle East policy said democracy is still possible, but unlikely in the current political climage, at a National Press Club's Newsmakers conference on Sept. 27.

Panelists said the military leadership continues to lead the country down a path toward instability, violence and economic upheaval.

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Sheinin presents RGIII book

August 28, 2013 | By Rodrigo Valderrama |

Dave Sheinin, sports reporter for The Washington Post, presented his book on Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, "RGIII, The Promise," at the National Press Club Aug. 21.

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Financial experts blame politics for inadequate economic policies

August 21, 2013 | By Lorna Aldrich |

A panel of financial experts blamed Congressional politics for inadequate policies addressing the underperforming U.S. economy at an Aug. 21 National Press Club Newsmaker.

Mohamed El-Erian, chief executive and chief investment officer of Pacific Investment Management Co., said "the economy is driving in second gear...when this car is capable of being driven in third, fourth or even fifth gear." A better performance is technically, but not politically, possible, he said.

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NPC celebrates courage of whistle blowers at Awards Night

August 8, 2013 | By Will Lester and John M. Donnelly |

The National Press Club celebrated courage to tell the truth in adverse circumstances Tuesday when it bestowed the John Aubuchon Press Freedom Awards on the "Whistle-blower" and a Turkish journalist who has been jailed for reporting on controversial topics.

The domestic award recognizing the "Whistle-blower" honored an entire group of people, named and unnamed, who brave personal repercussions to expose wrongdoing. It is the first time the Club has honored a group of people, rather than an individual, with this award.

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Texas' Sen. Davis willing to filibuster, take on critics to stand up for families, education

August 6, 2013 | By Monica Coleman |

"Texas isn’t listening to families,” Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis told a National Press Club audience Monday.

Davis, who filibustered in the Texas Senate for more than 10 hours to block Senate Bill 5, legislation that would have created more restrictions on abortion regulations in Texas, said her actions were meant to draw attention to the disconnect between state leaders and Texas families who struggle with lack of health insurance and poorly funded public education.

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‘Hello D.C.!’ Voice of ‘Yakko Warner’ entertains Press Club

August 4, 2013 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver |

Daytime Emmy Award-winning voice actor Rob Paulsen told the National Press Club Aug. 1 that “with all due respect to Lou Gehrig, I am the luckiest man on the face of the Earth.”

“I was very fortunate. I think you are looking at a lottery winner,” Paulsen said. “I get paid to do things that used to get me in trouble in the seventh grade.”

Paulsen entered the room with a Loud “Hello D.C.!” in the voice of Yakko Warner and the enthusiastic crowd went wild. Yakko is a character on Animaniacs, the show that changed Paulsen’s life, he said.

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