Robert Ames Alden

Robert Ames AldenRobert Ames Alden retired from the Washington Post in 2000 after more than 48 years as an editor, making him the longest-serving editor in the paper’s history.  As night news editor in 1963, he put together the Post's first extra edition since Pearl Harbor to cover the assassination of President Kennedy.  For more than 40 years, he was a key news editor at the Post, putting together countless newspapers on historic days from the beginning of the 1960s through the end of the 1990s -- including wars, riots, assassinations, natural disasters, elections, massive demonstrations, and many other memorable events.

As world news editor in 1974, he was the principal architect of the Post for the historic edition on the resignation of President Nixon. Culminating a personal seven-year effort in 1975, he was the principal founder of the National Press Foundation and served four terms as the Foundation's first president. He spearheaded the Foundation's efforts to improve journalism education. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, he was the leading male advocate for the admission of women into the National Press Club, where he served as president in 1976. he first native Washingtonian to lead the Press Club, he began his career as a sportswriter for the Cleveland Press in 1947. He helped innovate the use of more statistics in baseball coverage and was an award-winning writer.

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Ron Fisher, Captain, U.S. Navy (Retired)

J. Ronald FisherJames Ronald Fisher is an honors graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, a retired Navy captain, and the founder and executive director of WeThePeopleNow.org.  Additionally, he is an engineer, businessman, church and community leader, and civil rights advocate.  Fisher’s 30 years of military service includes 15 nuclear submarine patrols during the Cold and Vietnam Wars. Also, he managed the overhaul and repair of nuclear submarines and inspections of almost every major naval command as the assistant Naval inspector general for logistics on the staff of the Secretary of the Navy/Chief of Naval Operations. His Navy work also included collateral duties as a prosecutor, defense counsel and summary court martial officer. His Navy awards include the Legion of Merit.

As a civilian, he worked at two engineering services firms. He founded and led the Defense Fire Protection Association to improve the safety and survivability of U.S. military forces. Also, he founded and led the Veterans Sales and Services Corporation (VetSS), which specialized in hiring disabled veterans. His web site has, among other things, plans to end United States wars and occupation, put more Americans to work and reform financial systems. In politics, he was chairman of the Northern Virginia Presidential primary campaign for his classmate John McCain in 2000, and held the same post in 2008 for Dennis Kucinich. He was first in his class in Submarine, Nuclear Power and Basic Engineering Duty Officer Schools and is the author of numerous research papers.


John Edward Hurley


John Edward Hurley is Chairman of the McClendon Group, which is named for the legendary White House correspondent Sarah McClendon and meets in the McClendon Room at the National Press Club.  His career in the journalism and non-profit world has included his work with the major media as a White House correspondent, as a commentator on News Talk America, and as a member of the Public Information Committee of the National Academy of Sciences.

In addition to his work with the major media, he is the Commander of the National Press Club American Legion Post, a member of the Board of Directors of the VA Medical Musical Group, and serves on the History and Heritage Committee of the National Press Club. 
He developed the public relations program that brought together the various breed registries that comprise the American Horse Council, was a long-time sponsor of the Rappahannock Hunt, and is a patron of the Thornton Hill Hounds. He also is President and Chairman of the Confederate Memorial Association's museum and library in Washington, DC. He is the historian for the John Barry Division of the Hibernians, and a co-founder of the Capitol Hill Civil War Roundtable. Throughout his career, he has had a special interest in the integrity of the court system and has hosted several news events on the subject, including one in 2009 covered by C-SPAN from the National Press Club.

 

John Kelly

 

John Kelly directs John Kelly & Associates Public Relations. Previous employers have included NBC News, CBS News, the State of New York, and the Central Intelligence Agency. His news topics have included cutting-edge stories on the 1960 Kennedy Presidential campaign, Cape Canaveral space launches, the historic 1961 integration of University of Georgia at Athens, and flying to Washington to witness the Kennedy Inauguration and, from a nearby camera platform, hearing the words, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country."

He reported exclusives about Albert "The Boston Strangler" DeSalvo, Cuban militants planning Castro's overthrow, Soviet espionage, Mafia crime, and Watergate.

Kelly interrupted his reporting career, leaving his post as an editor at NBC News at its Rockefeller Center headquarters in New York, to become a CIA covert action officer serving in Indo-China, among other duties. Later, he returned to reporting. Afterward, he was appointed by New York Governor Hugh Carey to serve as a Deputy Commissioner and Director of the State Department of Taxation and Finance.

As a recent dinner speaker at the National Press Club in Washington, he has spoken about weapons containing depleted uranium and other toxins being used by the U.S. military that have caused cancerous conditions in veterans in the 1991 Iraq-Kuwait War, according to Iraq and Afghanistan veterans organization, attorneys, academicians and medical professionals. "As was the case with the cover-up of the effects of Agent Orange on GIs after the Viet Nam War, the Pentagon and its entities, including Walter Reed Army Medical Center, are in denial while Western Europe allies have prohibited the use of such weapons," he commented. He has spoken about unauthorized and unlawful telephone eavesdropping on American citizens in the U.S. by the National Security Agency and has participated in panel discussions with former federal agent and intelligence officer whistleblowers. Also, he has criticized the editorial control of broadcast news organizations by their corporate owners in ways contributing to the demise of public confidence in the American news media.

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Andrew Kreig

Andrew KreigJustice Integrity Project Executive Director Andrew Kreig has two decades experience as an attorney and non-profit executive in Washington, DC. An author and longtime investigative reporter, his primary focus since 2008 has been exploring allegations of official corruption and other misconduct in federal agencies. Also, he has been a consultant and volunteer leader in advising several non-profit groups fostering cutting-edge applications within the communications industries. 

In 2008, he became an affiliated research fellow with the Information Economy Project at George Mason University School of Law. From 2009 to 2012, he a senior fellow with the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University. As president and CEO of the Wireless Communications Association International (WCA) from 1996 until 2008, Kreig led its worldwide advocacy that helped create the broadband wireless industry. 

Previously, he was WCAI vice president and general counsel, an associate at Latham & Watkins, law clerk to a federal judge. Listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World since the mid-1990s and currently, he holds law degrees from the University of Chicago School of Law and from Yale Law School. His undergraduate degree is from Cornell University, where he studied history, reported for the Cornell Sun, rowed and boxed. He is a member of numerous legal and journalism professional groups, including a quarter century with the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

He began his career in 1970 as a reporter for the Hartford Courant, and then became a freelance magazine writer, and author of a Spiked: How Chain Management Corrupted American's Oldest Newspaper, a pioneering book in 1987 about the impact of a news organization's ownership on its news coverage.A description of Spiked is here. The book was highly controversial upon publication because it examined operations of Times Mirror, a conglomerate that was widely considered one of the two best of the nation's newspaper chains as well as one of the most powerful. But the research was vindicated by events, as indicated by the following reader reviews and the author's more than 100 radio, television and cable interviews.

“Anyone who has been a reporter will recognize the characters in this compelling book, whether or not they've worked for a chain. The arrogance, pretentiousness and downright cowardice so common to newspaper management appear here in bold relief.”

-- John R. MacArthur, Publisher, Harper's Magazine

“…well - written chronicle .... Spiked provides a realistic glimpse of the workings of a newspaper and the forces that help shape coverage."

-- Barron's

“...a pretty chilling tale... very well reported.”

-- Jonathan Alter, Senior Editor and Media Writer, Newsweek

"Andrew Kreig's case study has national significance."

-- Ralph Nader

Kreig's latest book is Presidential Puppetry: Obama, Rmoney and Their Masters. It draws on the author's previous experiences, especially the work of the Justice Integrity Project, to document what many millions have long suspected: secretive elites guide our government leaders. The narrative unfolds step-by-step as the author draws on Washington-based news stories and legal cases explored by the Project to expose irregularities in government operations that hurt the public.

The first book to analyze the Obama second term is also one of the first to examine the 2012 elections. Puppetry reveals scandals and shows why Congress, courts, and other watchdog institutions fail to report key facts about even the biggest news makers.

Puppetry unfolds like a mystery extending over decades to the present. By the end, this compelling narrative documented with more than 1,100 endnotes shows hidden links between puppet masters, political leaders, spy agencies, and the economic austerity now being imposed on a hapless public. By exposing key secrets, it provides a roadmap for reform.