National Press Club

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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International chefs meet Obama, serve 200 disadvantaged people, eat lunch in Amish barn

August 2, 2013 | By Lorna Aldrich |

White House executive chef Cristeta Comerford told a National Press Club Newsmaker audience Aug. 1 that 20 top chefs would experience American diversity on a week-long visit to the United States.

The chefs, who work for heads of states around the world, prepared a charity lunch for 200 disadvantaged people in New York, ate a barn lunch prepared by Amish people in Lancaster, Pa., and visited restaurants reflecting Irish and Spanish cuisines, she said.

In New York, the visitors also met UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon.

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Rep. Fudge addresses the state of African-American women in America

August 2, 2013 | By Jennifer A. Ejim |

Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, a third-term representative and the new chair of the Congressional Black Caucus,defined the state of the African-American woman in America today as a source of “provocation, misunderstanding, and misinterpretation,” at a National Press Club Newsmaker Aug. 1.

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Actress Shirley Jones embraces role as TV 'grandma', rejects computers

July 28, 2013 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver |

Yes, Shirley Jones is her real name, the actress who shot to fame in Broadway musicals and as the singing TV mom on "The Partridge Family" told the audience at a National Press Club Book Rap on July 26.

Jones, who is touring the United States to promote her book, "Shirley Jones: A Memoir," says she prefers nature to computers and social media, and keeps active with TV appearances, touring and an upcoming 50th anniversary of "The Music Man".

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Newsmaker: Austrian Priest Leads Catholic Reform Movement From Within

July 23, 2013 | By Marie Robey Wood |

If the Catholic Church wishes to draw in more priests and young people and continue ministering to all its faithful, it must become more inclusive and transparent, according to Rev. Helmut Schüller, an Austrian Catholic priest who spoke at a National Press Club Newsmaker event on Monday.

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Club Softball Most Successful Season in Team History

July 18, 2013 | By Anne Whitaker, BOC Intern |

The National Press Club softball team finished second in the Metropolitan Media Softball League playoffs for the first time in team history on Saturday, July 13. After losing to Comcast SportsNet 5-4 for their first loss of the 2013 playoffs, the team rallied to beat Allbritton 3-2 on a walk-off double by Sophia Cope, keeping their season alive.

The third and final game of the day came against Comcast again, which defeated the Press Clubbers 8-3, ending the most successful season in NPC team history.

Watch the video wrap-up below:

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Tom Young and The Warriors Book Rap

July 17, 2013 | By Joe Motheral |

National Press Club Member Tom Young discussed his latest book, The Warriors, at a book rap hosted by the Club’s Book and Author Committee.

Young brings forward the protagonists, Col. Parsons and Sophia Gold, from his earlier books and puts them at an air base in Kyrgyzstan dealing with a Bosnian arms dealer named Victor Dusek. His story kicks off when a plane carrying opium crashes in a thunderstorm at the air base. The book contains flashbacks to the 1990's during periods of "Ethnic Cleansing” in the Balkans.

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AFP presents Pulitizer-winning photo to Club

July 12, 2013 | By David Barnisin and Monica Link |,

Mladen Antonov, director of photography for Agence France-Presse North America, presented to the National Press Club on July 10 the 2013 Pulitzer Prize winning photograph taken by Javier Manzano, an AFP freelancer.

During a lunch meeting with members of the Club's Photo Committee, Antonov gave the shot to Club President Angela Greiling Keane. It will hang with other Pulitzer photos that adorn the Club’s halls.

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SCOTUSblog, Time, USA Today, ABC among National Press Club Journalism Award winners

July 3, 2013 | By Will Lester |

SCOTUSblog won the Breaking News Award for its coverage of the Supreme Court’s health care ruling, while Time Magazine’s Michael Scherer won a top award for political analysis this year in the National Press Club Journalism contest.

USA Today won awards for online journalism and its coverage of the aviation industry.

Scherer won the Lee Walczak Award for Political Analysis for his thorough look at the re-election campaign of President Barack Obama and its sophisticated use of technology to identify voters and donors.

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