National Press Club

Actor Richard Dreyfuss urges civility in politics, life

January 27, 2011

American civilization is in a precarious state, the political environment has never been more toxic, and there is a dire need for more civility in our daily life, actor-activist Richard Dreyfuss said Tuesday at a Newsmaker event at the National Press Club.

Dreyfuss, best known for his Oscar-winning performance in 1977's "The Goodbye Girl", announced “The Dreyfuss Initiative,” a plan to reinstate civics education in public schools.

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Heart disease will increase over next 20 years, heart association head says

January 25, 2011

The American Heart Association(AHA) predicts that about 40% of the U.S. population will have some type of cardiovascular disease.

AHA Chief Executive Officer Nancy Brown announced the organizations projections, based on a study on the future costs of care for hypertension, coronary heart disease, heart failure and stroke, at a Jan. 24 Newsmaker event at the National Press Club.

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Hamrick takes office as NPC president, launches blog

January 24, 2011

Associated Press broadcast journalist Mark Hamrick took office as the National Press Club's 104th president at the NPC annual membership meeting on Jan. 21. Later in the day, he launched a blog on the Club homepage (

Found under the heading, "From the President’s Desk," the blog will give Hamrick a forum for highlighting the Club’s agenda, activities and achievements.

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Bregg photographs on exhibit at NPC transport viewers to Iranian hostage crisis

January 24, 2011

Canadian Photojournalist Peter Bregg was there when 52 Americans, held hostage in Iran for more than two years, stepped off a plane in Algeria, en route to freedom.

"Nothing had the juices flowing like those moments," Bregg said Friday at the opening of his National Press Club exhibit. "I had goose bumps."

Bregg's photographs transported NPC members and guests back 30 years when the nation was transfixed by the fate of the 52 hostages held captive in the U.S. Embassy from Nov. 4, 1979 to Jan. 20, 1981.

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Opponents Say Venezuelan President Chavez Violates Constitution

January 13, 2011

Three Venezuelan opposition political leaders from different parties told a Jan. 12 Newsmaker that "anti-democratic" actions by President Hugo Chavez and the National Assembly have led to "the alarming weakening of...Venezuelan democracy, alterations to the constitutional order and...disrespect for popular will as expressed in parliamentary elections" in September.

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Pawlenty: Downward Drift Threatens U.S. Security

January 13, 2011

The nation is in a downward spiral that could deepen its economic crisis and threaten its security, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty told a Jan. 13 luncheon audience packing the ballroom.

"There is something amiss," Pawlenty said. Americans are losing their "sense of hope in the future," as result of the federal government's huge and mounting debt.

He left no doubt that he would make deficit and debt reduction his prioity if he became president. He said he would decide in the next two months whether to seek the Republican Party's 2012 nomination.

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Red Cross Chief Executive Outlines Haiti Relief

January 12, 2011

Raising nearly $500 million for Haiti relief, erasing a budget deficit and strengthening its ability to generate donations through social media are among the accomplishments of the American Red Cross over the last year, according to its chief executive.

“The depth and breadth of what we do continues to amaze even me,” said Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the American Red Cross, at a Jan. 12 National Press Club luncheon.

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Please Welcome 16 New Members

December 15, 2010

The Board of Governors approved 16 membership applications at its meeting Dec. 13.

Bruce Edwards – Canadian Broadcasting Corp., producer and manager, U.S. operations; Merrill Goozner – The Fiscal Times, senior correspondent; Liz Skinner – Crain Communications, reporter

Journalist Non-Resident

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Hoyer Says House Will OK Tax Cuts with Amendments

December 14, 2010

Out-going House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said the House will pass President Obama’s tax compromise bill, but Democrats will offer amendments to reduce breaks for estates and the wealthy.

At a Newsmaker press conference Dec. 13, Hoyer said that while the middle-class tax cuts will help the economy, breaks for the rich will have minimal value. He was particularly critical of raising the estate tax break to $5 million, which he said exempts “just the 39,000 wealthiest Americans” who “do not need” tax assistance.

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Mark Hamrick, AP Broadcast Journalist, Elected Club President

December 10, 2010

Associated Press broadcast journalist Mark Hamrick was elected the National Press Club's 104th president Dec, 10. He will take office during the annual membership meeting Jan. 21, 2011, succeeding Alan Bjerga, Bloomberg News correspondent, for a one-year term.

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