National Press Club

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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Screenwriters' quest to learn more about Sen. Ted Kennedy led to Chappaquiddick film

June 4, 2018 | By Kristina S. Groennings |

Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan thought that they were well-informed on all things Kennedy. Their upbringing in Dallas was an immersion in the Kennedy family allure and Camelot myth.

When they found out about the Chappaquiddick tragedy that shaped Sen. Edward Kennedy’s career and changed the course of history, their mission to learn more resulted in a screenplay for a major motion picture, the screenwriters said at a May 31 National Press Club Headliners event.

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PBS and GI Film Festival announce at Newsmaker a partnership to bridge the military-civilian divide

May 24, 2018 | By Louise D Walsh |

Local PBS stations will host live events in 2019 that offer military-themed content from the GI Film Festival (GIFF) in a new partnership to build public understanding of the military experience and bridge the military-civilian divide, the two groups announced Thursday at a National Press Club Headliners Newsmaker event.

The PBS events, part of the network’s “Stories of Service” initiative, are aimed at alleviating a divide that according to the Defense Dept. is expanding and poses a threat to the viability and sustainability of the current all-volunteer force.

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Don't stereotype voters, authors of book on populist coalition warn at Book Rap

May 24, 2018 | By Joseph Luchok |

Voters should not be typecast, said authors Selena Zito and Brad Todd of voters they interviewed for their book, “The Great Revolt: Inside the Populist Coalition Reshaping American Politics,” in a discussion of the book at a National Press Club Book Rap Wednesday evening.

“You get into their lives and find they are not stereotypes,” said Zito of voters in the 2016 presidential election she and Todd interviewed. “They took their vote seriously.”

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Former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, honored by Club's Communicator Team, sees positive U.S. future

May 23, 2018 | By Aileen Roberta Schlef |

Former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, honored as a “Communicator Legend” by the National Press Club’s Communicator Team at a May 16 dinner at the Club, expressed optimism for a positive future the United States.

“America’s future is strong, he said in remarks upon receiving the tribute, “because of the great diversity of our people, which should be celebrated, and not demonized.”

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'Madam Secretary' star sings, plugs music education in appearance at Club

May 23, 2018 | By Kristina S. Groennings |

Erich Bergen, best known for his portrayal of Blake Moran, assistant and confidant to Téa Leoni on the CBS television series “Madam Secretary,” showcased a different set of skills Tuesday night at a National Press Club Headliners event.

Appearing as comfortable at a grand piano as he does on screen, Bergen belted out “Walking in Memphis” and “Your Song” for a fan-filled audience in the Club’s Fourth Estate restaurant. Before the set he checked the time.

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