National Press Club

Filmmaker gives account of false arrest in "Central Park 5," becomes 'card-carrying journalist'

April 13, 2013 | By Richard Lee |

Ken Burns' latest documentary for the Public Broadcasting System turned out to be a family undertaking for him, he told a National Press Club Luncheon audience April 12.

Burns, celebrated for previous in-depth examinations of the Civil War, baseball, jazz, and prohibition, among other subjects, said he was “inspired” and “angered” by daughter Sarah’s 2011 book, The Central Park Five: A Chronicle of a City Wilding, and the years of research that produced it.

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Chief Lanier describes policing strategies for changing D.C. areas at Press Club Newsmaker

April 11, 2013 | By Lorna Aldrich |

Cathy Lanier, police chief for Washington, D.C., described the development of policing strategies for 14 changing areas of the city at an April 10 National Press Club Newsmaker.

The analysis process weighs such factors as rents and homeownerhsip, the number of households, demographic data, income, business licenses, traffic counts, business openings, and restaurants and bars, Lanier said. The goal is to deploy police ahead of time, she added

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'Shocking the Conscience': Simeon Booker raps about book at National Press Club

April 10, 2013 | By Jeffery King |

Simeon Booker, the second African-American to become a National Press Club member, a Fourth Estate winner, a Golden Owl, the first African-American reporter for the Washington Post and Jet Magazine's White House correspondent for a half-century, discussed his book Shocking the Conscience: A Reporter's Account of the Civil Rights Movement at at an NPC Book Rap on April 9.

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Scottish First Minister predicts independence from United Kingdom at Press Club Newsmaker

April 10, 2013 | By Peter Hickman |

While Scotland -- if it achieves independence from the United Kingdom following the 2014 referendum on that issue -- "will never be a global superpower, it will be a good global citizen," Alex Salmond, the first minister of Scotland, told an April 10 National Press Club Newsmaker.

An independent Scotland will carry with it far-reaching economic, legal, political and security consequences for all of the U.K., Salmond said

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Successful innovators have Ninja qualities, CEA president says at National Press Club event

April 10, 2013 | By Donna Leinwand Leger |

Today's most successful business innovators embrace the same qualities that defined the historical and mythical Ninja clans, including discipline, mission-oriented strategy, adaptability, decisiveness and a will to win, said Gary Shapiro, president of the Consumer Electronics Association.

Shapiro discussed his new book, Ninja Innovation: The Ten Killer Strategies of the World's Most Successful Businesses on April 3 at the National Press Club.

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Mayo Clinic CEO calls for reimbursement reforms at National Press Club Luncheon

April 9, 2013 | By Ken Dalecki |

Dr. John H. Noseworthy, president and chief executive officer of the Mayo Clinic, called for scrapping the current federal reimbursement system for Medicare and Medicaid patients at a National Press Club Luncheon address April 9 and replacing it with one that rewards health care providers who use the most effective and cost-efficent treatments.

The U.S. "faces perhaps the most profound challenge in its history" regarding health care as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare," Noseworthy said.

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NPC member raps about 'Color Blind: The Forgotten Team that Broke Baseball’s Color Line'

April 8, 2013 | By Joe Motheral |

Well before Jackie Robinson took to the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 becoming the first African-American to play Major League Baseball since a ban on black players had been imposed in 1880s, a semi-professional baseball team was integrated.

National Press Club member Tom Dunkel appeared at an April 4 Book & Author Committee Book Rap to discuss his just-published first book, Color Blind: The Forgotten Team that Broke Baseball's Color Line.

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Nestle executive forecasts growth in bottled water despite environmental concerns

April 4, 2013 | By Marie Wood |

The consumption of bottled water will overtake that of carbonated soft drinks in the next five or six years, according to Kim Jeffery, chairman of Nestle Waters of North America, at a National Press Club Newsmaker April 4.

“The ascendancy of a water-drinking generation is one of the biggest things to happen in this country in the last 50 years, beginning now, ”Jeffery said.

“Over 73 percent of America drinks bottled water.” Jeffery added, “while the percentage of Americans drinking soft drinks continues to decrease."

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Jesuit says new pope shuns pomp, focuses on poverty

April 4, 2013 | By Sean Lyngaas |

The election last month of Pope Francis represents a renewed focus from the Vatican on the Gospel’s basic teachings regarding poverty and humility, Father Thomas Reese, a Jesuit priest, said at an April 3 National Press Club Newsmaker.

The spartan life led by Francis as archbishop of Buenos Aires before becoming pope indicates that he will make poverty alleviation a centerpiece of his agenda, Reese said. The then-archbishop, whose birth name is Jorge Mario Bergoglio, reportedly turned down the bishop’s palace for his own apartment and commuted by bus rather than limousine.

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Cummings pushes gun trafficking legislation

April 3, 2013 | By Bob Weiner and Rich Mann |

Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md, the ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, urged “action” on gun legislation in Congress at an April 2 Newsmaker.

He underlined the current dangers associated with gun trafficking and made the case for tough federal penalties aimed at “straw purchasers.”

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