National Press Club

Nancy Reagan’s press secretary shares inside look at first lady’s life

April 5, 2018 | By Julia Haskins |

Walking away from her job as press secretary to First Lady Nancy Reagan was one of the hardest things that Sheila Tate ever did, she told a National Press Club Headliners Book Rap on April 4.

“She was a much more interesting person than most people knew,” Tate said as she discussed her new book, “Lady in Red: An Intimate Portrait of Nancy Reagan.”

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Centennial of World War I sparks interest in the Great War, museum director says at Newsmaker

April 4, 2018 | By Jean Gossman |

The World War I centennial has spurred a “deep vein of interest” in the United States, with visits to the National World War I Museum and Memorial up by 63 percent, Matthew Naylor, the Kansas City landmark’s president and chief executive, told a National Press Club Headliners Newmaker event on March 29.

Many historians consider the Great War as the defining event of the 20th century and beyond. By the end of the war in 1918, more than 16 million soldiers and civilians had died, and dramatic geopolitical and social upheaval that can still be seen and felt one hundred years later had begun.

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Marine archaeologist addresses NPC American Legion Post 20

March 29, 2018 | By Ken Dalecki |

Marine Archaeologist Tane Casserley of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration's Office of National Maritime Sanctuaries (ONMS) dove into the history of World War II German U-boat operations off the Atlantic Coast at a luncheon meeting of the National Press Club's American Legion Post 20 on March 28 at the Club.

Casserley, whose explorations have taken him to wrecks as deep as 260 feet, focused on the 90 merchant ships, anti-submarine trawlers and four German submarines sunk during World War II along the wreck-rich North Carolina coast.

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'60 Minutes' team discusses 50 years of tradition, groundbreaking journalism at NPC

March 28, 2018 | By Matt Schudel |

In the words of Don Hewitt, the founding producer of “60 Minutes,” the secret to the news magazine’s success can be found in four words: “Tell me a story.”

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Swimmer Ledecky tells National Press Club Headliners Luncheon she's going pro

March 26, 2018 | By Bill McCloskey |

Olympic gold-medal swimmer Katie Ledecky is giving up her last two years of college-team eligibility to turn pro so she can enhance her focus on preparing for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, she told a National Press Club Headliners Luncheon on March 26.

A native of Bethesda, Maryland, Ledecky said turning pro will allow her to accept paid endorsements and sponsorships, and relieve her of competing in NCAA events.

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Air Force public-affairs restrictions could hinder press coverage

March 20, 2018 | By Adam Konowe |

New training requirements for U.S. Air Force public-affairs officials and their commanders could have a chilling effect not just on investigative journalism, but on more benign coverage as well, Jill Aitoro, executive editor of Defense News, told Adam Konowe in the latest edition of Update-1, the National Press Club's podcast.

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Author gives behind-the-scenes look at book on Hulk Hogan/Gawker lawsuit

March 18, 2018 | By Talia Schmidt |

Ryan Holiday became more sympathetic to Gawker than he expected as he researched and wrote Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue, a book about the suit against the website’s publication of a sex tape, he told a National Press Club Headliners Book Rap on March 15.

“I came away easily being able to see both sides,” Holiday told former Club President Angela Greiling Keane, who interviewed him at the event.

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Flake cites Trump behavior as reason to drop reelection run, leaves possible presidential bid open

March 15, 2018 | By Wesley G. Pippert |

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., told a National Press Club audience March 15 that his resistance to President Trump's behavior helped persuade him not to seek a second term.

Flake, speaking to a luncheon audience in the Holeman Lounge, read a prepared speech that was highly critical of Trump. But first out of the box during the question and answer period was Club President Andrea Edney's question: "Are you running for president?"

"Next question," Flake said, flashing his famed smile, then added, "Running for president is not in my plans. But I'm not ruling anything out."

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Panel urges reporters to educate government workers on right to speak to press

March 15, 2018 | By Bill McCloskey |

A panel of journalists and government accountability experts told a National Press Club audience March 14 that journalists need to educate government employees that they have a legal right to talk to reporters.

The education is necessary if reporters expect to combat what surveys say is a growing effort by agencies to inject public information officers between news gatherers and news sources, the speakers said.

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Institute panel reports troubled and dangerous times for journalists

March 14, 2018 | By Louise D. Walsh

Despite growing tensions between the media and government officials in the United States, journalists elsewhere face far worse conditions, according to a six-member panel of veteran reporters and media advocacy groups who spoke at a National Press Club Journalism Institute symposium on March 12.

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