National Press Club

Houston activist urges U.S. to address basic needs in Afghanistan

May 13, 2012 | By Robert Webb |

Joanne Herring, whom Julia Roberts played in the 2007 movie, "Charlie Wilson's War," urged Congress and the nation at a May 10 NPC event to support her crusade to rescue Afghanistan from the Taliban by addressing basic needs.

She urges assistance to end the country's vast illiteracy, poverty and other needs.

Herring came to the Club directly from Capitol Hill where she had appealed for Congressional support for "winning the peace" by addressing those needs that also include clean water, health care, and better schools.

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Book Rap on AP breach of 1945 embargo sparks journalism ethics discussion

May 13, 2012 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver |

Associated Press (AP) correspondent Ed Kennedy broke a military embargo in 1945 to announce the end of war in Europe, an action examined at a National Press Club Book Rap May 9.

The Book Rap presented Kennedy's memoir, "Ed Kennedy's War: V-E Day, Censorship and the Associated Press."

In May 1945, British and American military leaders invited 17 reporters, including Kennedy, to witness the signing that ended the war with the Germans in Reims, France. This signing, unlike the one on May 8 in Berlin, was not attended by the Russians.

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Speaker on Latin America says U.S. has lost ground

May 10, 2012 | By Kimberly Mikec |

Daniel Linsker, vice president for Control Risks' Global services in South America, said that the U.S. focuses on its domestic issues of immigration and security while Latin Americans want to discuss trade, finance and partnership at a May 10 Newsmaker event.

He believes the U.S. has lost a lot of ground in relations with Latin America because of this discrepancy. He said it has serious implications for foreign policy, geopolitical and economic interest in the region as well as potential implications for how U.S. companies do business.

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Billie Jean King urges more tennis to combat childhood obesity

May 9, 2012 | By Robert Webb |

Tennis legend Billie Jean King urged more tennis to combat American children's obesity at a May 9 club luncheon.

King won 12 grand slam singles titles and 16 grand slam doubles titles. She once was ranked the number one tennis player in the world, after defeating tennis great Bobby Riggs in "The Battle of the Sexes" in 1973.

She said more than 800,000 Americans are on the courts today but it is urgent to get more children there.

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Rizzo Tells Press Club Baseball Stadium Will Be 'Place to Be'

May 5, 2012 | By Jonathan D. Salant |

Washington Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo offered this tip during a speakers' luncheon on May 4: Buy your tickets now. Nationals Park, he said, is "going to be the place to be and the ticket to have."

Corporations and lobbyists should be buying tickets for their clients as well, he said.

"If I was a corporation, I'd be having my clients out to the ballpark," he said. "There's not a better place to be."

Rizzo said that attendance will boom as the team, currently in first place in the National League's Eastern Division, continues its strong performance.

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Louis Armstrong moves to top of iTunes Jazz after release of Club recording

May 2, 2012 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. |

Louis Armstrong climbed to the top position in the jazz section of iTunes the day after a recording of what is believed to be the music legend's final trumpet performance was released at a National Press Club news conference on April 27.

Armstrong, widely acclaimed as the best trumpet player of all time, staged his final concert at the Club on Jan. 29, 1971, about five months before his death. After his Club performance in front of 300 journalists and their enthusiastic guests, Armstrong made some public appearances but never sang and played the trumpet as he did that night.

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NPC's own 'Mr. Baseball' Paul Dickson hits home run at Book Rap

April 25, 2012 | By Joseph Luchok |

National Press Club member Paul Dickson spoke about his new book, Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick, to a very appreciative audience at the Press Club on April 24. Like Veeck, he is doing everything he can with his clothes on to sell the book, Dickson said.

This is Dickson's first biography and writing it was very different from other types of books because getting too far into the person can destroy the person, he said. Veeck is a fascinating person and Dickson had to deconstruct him to write about him, he added.

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Bob Woodward to receive Press Club’s top honor, Sept. 21 at Fourth Estate Dinner

April 24, 2012 | By Jerry Zremski |

Bob Woodward, the Washington Post investigative reporter and editor whose work on the Watergate scandal led to the resignation of an American president, has been selected as the 2012 recipient of the Fourth Estate Award, the National Press Club’s most-honored prize.

Woodward will receive the award at a gala dinner Friday, Sept. 21. He is the 40th recipient of the Fourth Estate Award, which recognizes a journalist who has made significant contributions to the field through a lifetime of excellence.

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Interior Secretary Salazar defends Obama energy policy at NPC luncheon

April 24, 2012 | By Ken Dalecki |

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar defended the Obama administration's energy policy at a National Press Club luncheon April 24, insisting that it has an "all of the above" approach to energy development that is the best way to increase the nation's energy security.

Salazar cited the need for oil, gas, nuclear, solar, biofuel, wind, geothermal and other energy sources as necessary to reduce imports and lessen the impact of the kinds of oil-price shocks the country has experienced since the 1970s.

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Alec Baldwin sticks to script, advocates more arts funding

April 16, 2012 | By Richard Lee |

Actor-activist Alec Baldwin, famously candid and notoriously outspoken, was relatively serious and subdued at his National Press Club luncheon appearance April 16, as he discussed his own cultural growth and stressed the importance of more federal funding for the arts — even in the current struggling economy.

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