National Press Club

Press Club panel addresses rising U.S. maternity mortality rate

March 9, 2018 | By Talia Schmidt |

Christy Turlington Burns and Nan Strauss of Every Mother Counts, a global nonprofit dedicated to improving access and removing barriers to care for women, presented a screening of two documentaries about the rising maternal mortality rate among American women March 8 and discussed the documentaries with National Press Club President Andrea Edney.

After experiencing complications post-childbirth about 14 years ago, Turlington Burns decided she had to look into how prevalent childbirth complications and postpartum medical issues were. What she found shocked her:

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New suit beefs up effort to free Mexican journalist Emilio Gutierrez from federal detention

March 6, 2018 | By Gilbert Klein |

Human rights attorneys filed a second law suit March 6 in their effort to free from federal detention a Mexican journalist who won the National Press Club’s Aubuchon Freedom of the Press Award last October.

The suit argues that the detention of Emilio Gutierrez Soto and his son Oscar violates the U.S. Constitution and international law because they have been held by the federal government for three months without being charged with a crime.

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Closing workplace gender gap: insights, solutions offered at NPC Book Event

March 2, 2018 | By Louise D. Walsh |

Veteran journalist Joanne Lipman told a National Press Club Headliner’s Book Event Thursday that her latest book, That’s What She Said: What Men Need to Know (and Women Need to Tell Them) About Working Together, came from years of conversations with women who feel “marginalized, overlooked, interrupted and not heard until their point was repeated by a guy.”

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Black Panther is “seminal change” for movie industry, says superhero novelist

February 28, 2018 | By Chris Teale |

Having made more than $750 million at the box office, the movie “Black Panther” represents a “seminal change” in the industry, said a novelist who wrote a book featuring the Marvel hero.

Jesse J. Holland, the author of the recent novel “Who is the Black Panther?” said the movie has shown what can be possible with a majority-black cast, production crew and director. He spoke at a National Press Club Headliners Book Event on Feb. 27.

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The Titanic without icebergs or steerage

February 23, 2018 | By Joseph Luchok |

In the late 1960’s the Washington Post called The Watergate a "glittering Potomac Titanic" without icebergs or steerage, Joseph Rodota told a National Press Club Headliners Book Rap on Feb. 21. He said there was an iceberg a few years later when the Watergate break-in happened.

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Podcast features former NBC reporter and White House press secretary Ron Nessen

February 23, 2018 | By Adam Konowe |

After serving as war correspondent for NBC News during the Vietnam conflict and later as the network's Washington D.C. correspondent in the 1970s, Ron Nessen moved on to become press secretary for President Gerald Ford from 1974-1977.

In this edition of Update-1, National Press Club Broadcast/Podcast Committee member Lincoln Smith interviews Nessen about his books, It Sure Looks Different from the Inside and Making the News, Taking the News.

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Foundation awards press-freedom grant to National Press Club Journalism Institute

February 16, 2018 | By Julie Schoo |

The National Press Club Journalism Institute (NPCJI) has received a $107,000 grant from the Evelyn Y. Davis Foundation to support a series of programs that will examine barriers to press freedom in the United States and abroad.

Founded in 1989, the Evelyn Y. Davis Foundation makes grants each year to nonprofits active in journalism, as well as nationally prominent universities, arts organizations and hospitals.

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Author Danni Starr encourages empathy, discussion of mental-health problems

February 14, 2018 | By Eleanor Herman |

If radio talk show host Danni Starr could pass anything onto her two daughters, it would be empathy, she said at a Feb. 13 National Press Club Headliner’s Book Event.

Club President Andrea Edney interviewed Starr about her new memoir, Empathy and Eyebrows: A Survivalist’s Stories on Reviving your Spirit after Soul-Crushing Sh*tstorms.

A few years ago, Starr, 33, had it all. A successful radio career, a happy marriage, and a new baby. Then she sank into severe post-partum depression.

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New Club President Edney vows to protect press freedoms in inaugural address

February 12, 2018 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver |

The National Press Club will continue to defend journalism from the dangers of a government that wants to dictate the news, Club President Andrea Edney told approximately 220 friends, family and colleagues at the Feb. 10 gala in the Club ballroom celebrating her inauguration.

“We are going to keep fighting to protect press freedoms in this country and throughout the world, because at the National Press Club, that’s just what we do,” said Edney, a Bloomberg News editor.

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Admiral tells NPC American Legion Post 20 Coast Guard needs more money

February 2, 2018 | By Ken Dalecki |

Rear Admiral Peter Gautier, director of governmental and public affairs for the U.S. Coast Guard, told a meeting of National Press Club American Legion Post 20 on Jan. 30 that the move from the Department of Transportation to the Department of Homeland Security in 2003 gave his branch of the service a much-needed boost in funding but the Coast Guard still faces budgetary challenges.

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