National Press Club

NIAID head says universal flu vaccine on the horizon

July 19, 2018 | By Stephenie Overman |

A steamy July day made an unlikely setting for discussion of this winter’s flu season, but Dr. Anthony Fauci is on a mission to promote finding an effective universal flu vaccine.

Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), spoke Wednesday at a National Press Club Headliners Luncheon.

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Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred addresses challenges and solutions for "America's Pastime" created by technology

July 16, 2018 | By Bill McCloskey |

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred proclaimed himself "an analytics-based decision maker" at a National Press Club Newsmakers Luncheon on Monday, a day before MLB's All-Star game will be played at Nationals Park in Southeast Washington.

Manfred wove analytics into his answers to a variety of questions posed by Club board member and Nationals season-ticket holder Mike Freedman during a 60-minute Q&A session that replaced the usual formal speech format of Club luncheons.

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Kasich faults “wrecking ball strategy” in frayed relations with U.S. allies

July 16, 2018 | By Louise D. Walsh |

The Trump administration's foreign policy is eroding the NATO alliance that has kept peace in Europe since World War II, Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio, told a National Press Club audience Thursday.

European members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) have questioned whether they can still depend on the United States, Kasich said at the Club Newsmaker Headliners event.

"The alliance that has kept the peace for 70 years is being frayed," Kasich said."There is growing disunity…a growing sense of a lack of trust.”

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Emmy Award-winning actor Alan Alda launches podcast to encourage meaningful conversations

July 12, 2018 | By Kristina S. Groennings |

At a time when political discourse often results in a breakdown of interpersonal communications, actor Alan Alda is on a mission to promote meaningful conversations through empathy and understanding.

The seven-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winner, screenwriter, director, and most recently host of the podcast “Clear + Vivid with Alan Alda,” joined National Press Club President Andrea Edney in a discussion on Wednesday about his latest project.

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Union Pacific CEO Lance Fritz calls for modernizing, not withdrawing from, NAFTA

July 12, 2018 | By Michelle Amber |

Withdrawing from the North American Free Trade Agreement would be “disastrous” for the U.S. economy as well as for workers, Union Pacific CEO Lance Fritz said at a National Press Club Headliners luncheon on Thursday.

Instead, he said, the Trump administration should be looking at ways to “modernize” the trade agreement.

Fritz applauded the administration for its tax reform measures as well as its “sensible approach” to regulations, but said withdrawing from NAFTA "threatens to undo that progress.”

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Schoo leaves legacy of friendship, lasting impact on National Press Club

July 11, 2018 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. |

Julie Schoo knew a valuable painting when she saw it and was even more skilled at spotting something to treasure within each person she met.

“Julie Schoo was a collector and connoisseur of life’s finer things, that includes people,” Kathy Kiely said at a July 10 memorial service for Schoo, the former executive director of the National Press Club Journalism Institute. “Julie curated, cherished and took care of us.”

Schoo, 69, died suddenly and unexpectedly May 9.

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Delta Air Lines CEO praises Trump on trade

June 27, 2018 | By Lawrence Feinberg |

The chief executive officer of Delta Air Lines, Ed Bastian, praised the Trump administration for helping his industry in its dispute with Middle East air carriers and said at a National Press Club Headliners Luncheon that the trade concerns of other U.S. industries should also be addressed.

"We are 100 percent in agreement with what the Administration is doing to help American workers compete on a level playing field," Bastian said at the Club luncheon June 27.

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Ethiopian journalist freed from prison expresses cautious optimism for reform

June 21, 2018 | By Lorna Aldrich |

Ethiopian journalist Eskinder Nega, freed from prison earlier this year, expressed cautious optimism for reform in his country at a news conference June 20 co-sponsored by the National Press Club Journalism Institute and the Freedom of the Press Team.

Nega noted that Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who took office in April, promises change, but has not said what kind of change. According to, Ahmed replaced his predecessor, Hailemariam Desalegn, and freed, or slated for freedom, 1,000 prisoners after widespread anti-government protests.

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Kalb Report wins Gold Medal in international competition

June 21, 2018 | By Gilbert Klein |

For the third time, The Kalb Report won the Gold World Medal in the 2018 New York Festivals International Radio Awards as the “Best Talk/Interview Special.”

The winning program was “The Kalb Report: Guardians of the Fourth Estate” that featured moderator Marvin Kalb questioning New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet and Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron.

The program bested entries from networks and local stations across the U.S. and around the world.

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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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