National Press Club

Initiation Waiver Extended; 84 New Members Welcomed into Club

January 22, 2009

The waiver of the initiation fee for new Club members will continue through 2009.

The Board of Governors approved continuing the waiver, which was originally implemented during the Club’s Centennial year, at its first meeting of 2009 on Friday following the membership meeting.

Membership Secretary Mark Hamrick said the waiver had proved to be “a very successful recruitment tool.”

The Board also approved the applications of 84 new members:

Donghui Yu - The China Press, Chief Correspondent; Glenn Marcus – Freelance, Producer/Writer; Jane Hautanen - Salem Communications, Station Services Representative; John Wordock - MarketWatch Radio Network, Managing Editor; Joseph Webster - The Associated Press, Deputy Director; Karen H. Kaplan - Nature Publishing Group, Assistant Editor; Kausar Javaid - Pakistan Post, Bureau Chief; Kristian Koukal - Reuters, ABC, Television Camera Operator; Patrick Thibodeau – Computerworld, Reporter; Marco Vicenzino - Self-Employed, Freelance; Richard J. Marks - Productions 1000 Ltd., Link TV, Producer/Director; Robert L. Manuel - Georgetown University, Dean, School of Continuing Studies; Robert Thomason - Washington Post, Staff Writer; Sami Abraham - GEO TV/ Daily Jang/Daily the News, Sr. Correspondent/Producer; Sofia Mannos - Associated Press, Newswoman, Reporter, Radio Anchor

Active Reinstatement
James D. Henderson - USA Today, Managing Editor; John Steven Sweet - Publish2, Inc., Editorials; Lynn Sweet - Chicago Sun-Times, Washington Bureau Chief

Active Non-Resident
Barbara Baker Burrows, New York, NY - Life, Time, Inc., Director of Photography; Gregory A. Tillman, Marshall, TX - Wiley College, Director, Department of Communications/Professor; J. Randolph Jessee, Glen Allen, VA - Richmond Times-Dispatch, Special Projects Editor; Jessica Gaitan, Baltimore, MD - Frederick News-Post, Copy Editor; Juan Carlos Iragorri, Brookline, MA - Semana (Newsmagazine), U.S. Correspondent; Katina Arnold, Canton, CT – ESPN, V.P. of Communications; Mike McQueen, New Orleans, LA - The Associated Press, Chief of Bureau; Terisa L. Estacio, San Rafael, CA - KRON-TV, Reporter/Video Journalist; Thomas E. Franklin, Hackensack, NJ - The Record, Photographer/Multimedia Manager

Active Non-Resident Reinstatement
Rajeev Poduval, Mountain View, CA - Freelance, Reporter; Teresa Sobenko, New York, NY - Saga II Ltd., International Correspondent

Active Under 35
Andrea Snyder - Bloomberg News, Consumer News Editor; Eugene Russo - Nature Publishing Group, Editor; Marlene Hall - Blues Matters Magazine/On Top Magazine, Freelance; Ryan Teague Beckwith - The News & Observer, Chief Political Blogger

Active Under 30
Dayo Olopade - The Root, Washington Correspondent; Derek Wallbank - Congressional Quarterly, Scheduler, Administration; Eric Morath - Dow Jones Newspapers, Reporter; Krista Rossow - National Geographic Society - Traveler Magazine, Assistant Photo Editor; Zengxin Li - Caijing Magazine, Reporter/Correspondent

Active Over 65 Reinstatement
Benjamin Lightman - Time Magazine, Retired Editor

Provisional Under 30
Andrew David Burt - U.S. News & World Report, Opinion Section; Blayne B. Alexander - NCB News, Washington Bureau, Desk Assistant

Darren W. Berry - Self-Employed, National Security Consultant; P.K. Ewing - Unites States Marine Corps/ WMET, Reserve Duty/Host, Co-Producer; Perry Letson – ACDI & VOCA, V.P. Public Relations & Communications; Rebecca Miller Spicer - National Beer & Wholesalers Association, Vice President, Public Affairs

Affiliate Reinstatement
Jeff Patch - Center for Competitive Politics, Communications Manager; Zora Sarif Hopkins - Voice of America, Retired - International Broadcaster; Terry L. Jemison - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Press Officer

Affiliate Under 35 Reinstatement

Theresa C. Sanchez - U.S. Peace Corps, Volunteer

Affiliate Over 65
Edgar E. Johnson - Retired, Reporter; Lawrence Daks - U.S. Information Agency Foreign Service, Retired - Public Affairs

Affiliate Over 65 Reinstatement
Raymond W. Phipps - Midwest Family Broadcasting Co., Inc., Retired

Affiliate Non-Resident Reinstatement
Anthony Spearman-Leach, Detroit, MI - Charles H. Wright Museum, Chief Communications Officer

Al Tyree - Graduate School, USDA, Director of Marketing & Communications; Jackie R. Brown - Self/Of Counsel - Larson, Berg & Perkins, Attorney/Freelance; Kelley Ann Kranzler - International Union of Bricklayers/Allied Craftworkers, C.I.O.; Laura B. Catalano - Fleishman-Hilliard International Communications, SVP and Partner; Lynn Donnelly Gorton - Gorton Channing Associates, LLC, Partner/Principal; Molly Torsen - The International Intellectual Property Institute, Vice President; Susan Roth - Roth Public Relations, Principal

Associate Reinstatement
Charmaine Yoest - American United for Life, President & CEO; Gloria Chamberlin - Chamberlin & Chamberlin, LLC, Principal; Julie E. Rones - U.S. House Committee on Operations & Government Reform, Deputy Chief of Staff; Ruthann Saenger - National Rural Letter Carriers Association, Retired

Associate Over 65 Non-Resident Reinstatement
Victor Pesqueria - Huntsville, AL - Xerox Corp., Retired

Associate Non-Resident
Robert L. Wroblewski, Nevis, MN - University of North Dakota, Chief Surgery Resident Researcher; Rosemary Reder, Palm Beach, FL - Beacon Publications/American Flag Society, New Editor, Photographer/CEO

Associate Non-Resident Reinstatement
Christopher McEntee, Atlanta, GA - Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta, Vice President, Director - Corporate Communications; Mara Sheldon, Greenwood Village, CO - CGI Technologies Solutions, Director of Media Relations

Associate Under 35
Corinna Zarek - The Reporter's Committee for Freedom of the Press, Freedom of Information Director (attorney); Edward Garnett - Department of Treasury, Financial Economist; Erin Howard - American Academy of Pediatrics, Assistant Director, Public Affairs; Jesse Swart - Full View Radio/Consultant, Producer/Software Engineering; Jodi Omear - National Governors Association, Communications Director; Shawna Williams - Genetics & Public Policy Center, Sr. Science Writer

Building Tenant
Bernadeen P. Emamali - National Association of Beverage Importers, Inc., V.P., Assistant Treasurer; Brian Mosley - APS Physics, Legislative Correspondent; Edward R. Osann - Potomac Resources, Inc., President/Consultant; Michael S. Lubell - American Physical Society, Director of Public Affairs; Peter Rush - Kellen Company, CEO; Richard Cristol - Kellen Company, John Adams Associates, President; William T. Earle - National Association of Beverage Importers, Inc., President

Student Reinstatement
Lesley Lopez – Eurovision, News Desk Producer

Student Non-Resident
Chris Detloff, Sartell, MN - St. Cloud State University, Graduate Student