National Press Club

Marvin Kalb to present his new book, “Enemy of the People,” Nov. 15

November 10, 2018 | By Lindsay Underwood |

In his latest book, “Enemy of the People: Trump’s War on the Press, the New McCarthyism, and the Threat to American Democracy,” Marvin Kalb pulls from recent history to prove that the great American experiment would suffer certain failure if not for a free and vigorous press.

Kalb will explain how he arrived at this conclusion and sign copies of his book at a National Press Club Headliners event on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 6:30 the conference rooms.

The event will feature a discussion with the author, an audience question-and-answer session and a book signing. Tickets are $5 for Club members and $10 for the general public. When purchasing tickets for the event online, attendees will also have the option of buying copies of the book at check-out.

After more than six decades of experience holding the powerful accountable, journalist Marvin Kalb has endured his fair share of hostility. But when President Donald Trump made the assertion just weeks after his inauguration that the press was the “enemy of the American people,” Kalb, who held a prominent position on President Nixon’s Enemies List, knew the media-bashing so characteristic of Trump’s presidential campaign had just reached a dark and dangerous turning point – a charge that if left unchallenged, was capable of completely eroding the public’s trust in the press and toppling a pillar of American democracy.

Kalb is moderator of the highly acclaimed public broadcasting series “The Kalb Report,” co-produced by the National Press Club Journalism Institute and now in its 25th season. He is also Edward R. Murrow Professor Emeritus at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, a nonresident senior fellow with the Foreign Policy program at The Brookings Institution, and senior advisor to the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

In a distinguished 30-year career in journalism, Kalb served as chief diplomatic correspondent for CBS News and NBC News, and moderator of "Meet the Press." He went on to serve as the founding director of Harvard’s Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy. Among his many honors are two Peabody Awards, the DuPont Prize from Columbia University, the 2006 Fourth Estate Award from the National Press Club and more than a half-dozen Overseas Press Club awards. Kalb has authored or co-authored 14 books including two best-selling novels.

Books will also be available for purchase at the event. Proceeds from book sales will benefit the non-profit affiliate of the Club, the National Press Club Journalism Institute, so we kindly ask that you leave all outside books and memorabilia at home.