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In 1987, Kreig's book Spiked: How Chain Management Corrupted America's Oldest Newspaper documented a pioneering case study on how changes in the newspaper industry were harming civic life. The book was a regional best-seller and prompted his appearance on more than one hundred broadcast interviews. spiked best cover2In earning a law degree from the University of Chicago, his independent study project on "Market Failures In Media Regulation" under constitutional scholar and future White House Office of Management and Budget regulator Cass Sunstein provided a scholarly basis for analyzing the kinds of civic harms documented by his book. He later worked as a Washington, DC-based attorney in the communications field. He began as a law firm associate working in an office of a major law firm with past and future Federal Communications Commission chairmen of both major parties. In 1996, he was named Wireless Communications Association president/CEO, coordinating the trade association's worldwide advocacy until 2008.

His 2013 book Presidential Puppetry, the first in-depth book about the Obama administration's first term, presidential puppetry 2revealed important but rarely reported parts of the biographies of recent U.S. presidents. These revelations, including patrons and sources of wealth for candidates, illustrated how the American public is increasingly deprived of information about how candidates ascend to the highest office, including via election-rigging and hidden controllers over presidents and other top elected officials.

Kreig has been a research fellow at three major universities, has lectured about communications on five continents, and co-keynoted in 2008 the annual Futures Summit of the National Association of Broadcasters. He is a member of a number of journalism and bar groups. These include the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the American Society of Newspaper Editors, the District of Columbia Bar, the National Press Club and the Overseas Press Club.

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Table of Contents

  1. Definitions used in this Policy
  2. Data protection principles we follow
  3. What rights do you have regarding your Personal Data
  4. What Personal Data we gather about you
  5. How we use your Personal Data
  6. Who else has access to your Personal Data
  7. How we secure your data
  8. Information about cookies
  9. Contact information


Personal Data – any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person. Processing – any operation or set of operations which is performed on Personal Data or on sets of Personal Data. Data subject - a natural person whose Personal Data is being Processed. Child - a natural person under 16 years of age. We/us (either capitalized or not) –

Data Protection Principles

We promise to follow the following data protection principles:

  • Processing is lawful, fair, transparent. Our Processing activities have lawful grounds. We always consider your rights before Processing Personal Data. We will provide you information regarding Processing upon request.
  • Processing is limited to the purpose. Our Processing activities fit the purpose for which Personal Data was gathered.
  • Processing is done with minimal data. We only gather and Process the minimal amount of Personal Data required for any purpose.
  • Processing is limited with a time period. We will not store your personal data for longer than needed.
  • We will do our best to ensure the accuracy of data.
  • We will do our best to ensure the integrity and confidentiality of data.

Data Subject's rights

The Data Subject has the following rights:

  1. Right to information – meaning you have to right to know whether your Personal Data is being processed; what data is gathered, from where it is obtained and why and by whom it is processed.
  2. Right to access – meaning you have the right to access the data collected from/about you. This includes your right to request and obtain a copy of your Personal Data gathered.
  3. Right to rectification – meaning you have the right to request rectification or erasure of your Personal Data that is inaccurate or incomplete.
  4. Right to erasure – meaning in certain circumstances you can request for your Personal Data to be erased from our records.
  5. Right to restrict processing – meaning where certain conditions apply, you have the right to restrict the Processing of your Personal Data.
  6. Right to object to processing – meaning in certain cases you have the right to object to Processing of your Personal Data, for example in the case of direct marketing.
  7. Right to object to automated Processing – meaning you have the right to object to automated Processing, including profiling; and not to be subject to a decision based solely on automated Processing. This right you can exercise whenever there is an outcome of the profiling that produces legal effects concerning or significantly affecting you.
  8. Right to data portability – you have the right to obtain your Personal Data in a machine-readable format or if it is feasible, as a direct transfer from one Processor to another.
  9. Right to lodge a complaint – in the event that we refuse your request under the Rights of Access, we will provide you with a reason as to why. If you are not satisfied with the way your request has been handled please contact us.
  10. Right for the help of supervisory authority – meaning you have the right for the help of a supervisory authority and the right for other legal remedies such as claiming damages.
  11. Right to withdraw consent – you have the right withdraw any given consent for Processing of your Personal Data.

Data we gather

Information you have provided us with This might be your e-mail address, name – mainly information that is necessary for delivering you a product/service or to enhance your customer experience with us. We save the information you provide us with in order for you to comment or perform other activities on the website. This information includes, for example, your name and e-mail address. The Newsfeed signup is administered by Google Feedburner, you can go to our Contact page and request to be removed from the Feedbuner email posts, please include your email address. Information automatically collected about you This includes information that is automatically stored by cookies and other session tools. For example, your IP address. This information is used to improve your customer experience. When you use our services or look at the contents of our website, your activities may be logged. Information from our partners We gather information from our trusted partners with confirmation that they have legal grounds to share that information with us. This is either information you have provided them directly with or that they have gathered about you on other legal grounds. See the list of our partners below Publicly available information We might gather information about you that is publicly available.

How we use your Personal Data

We use your Personal Data in order to:

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  • enhance your customer experience;
  • fulfil an obligation under law or contract;
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We use your Personal Data on legitimate grounds and/or with your Consent. On the grounds of entering into a contract or fulfilling contractual obligations, we Process your Personal Data for the following purposes:

  • to identify you;
  • to provide you a service or to send/offer you a product;
  • to communicate
  • to send newsletters

On the ground of legitimate interest, we Process your Personal Data for the following purposes:

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As long as you have not informed us otherwise, we consider offering you products/services that are similar or same to your purchasing history/browsing behaviour to be our legitimate interest. With your consent we Process your Personal Data for the following purposes:

  • to send you newsletters

We Process your Personal Data in order to fulfill obligation rising from law and/or use your Personal Data for options provided by law. We reserve the right to anonymise Personal Data gathered and to use any such data. We will use data outside the scope of this Policy only when it is anonymised. We might process your Personal Data for additional purposes that are not mentioned here, but are compatible with the original purpose for which the data was gathered. To do this, we will ensure that:

  • the link between purposes, context and nature of Personal Data is suitable for further Processing;
  • the further Processing would not harm your interests and
  • there would be appropriate safeguard for Processing.

We will inform you of any further Processing and purposes.

Who else can access your Personal Data

We do not share your Personal Data with strangers. Personal Data about you is in some cases provided to our trusted partners in order to either make providing the service to you possible or to enhance your customer experience. We share your data with: Our processing partners:

  • Google Analytics, Google Feedburner

Connected third parties: We only work with Processing partners who are able to ensure adequate level of protection to your Personal Data. We disclose your Personal Data to third parties or public officials when we are legally obliged to do so. We might disclose your Personal Data to third parties if you have consented to it or if there are other legal grounds for it.

Here at Justice Integrity Project we take privacy seriously and will only use your personal information to administer your account.


When you submit a contact form, we collect your first name and last name (only when provided) and your email address so that we can correspond with you. When you subscribe to our newsletter we collect your name (only when provided) and your email address so that we can correspond with you. Your personal data will only be sent in the Contact Form to the website admin. GDPR – Request personal data.

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We use FlexiContact for our Contact Form, it is GDPR compliant. In FlexiContact we only store your email address and name when you yourself provide it to us.

How we secure your data

We do our best to keep your Personal Data safe. We use safe protocols for communication and transferring data (such as HTTPS). We use anonymising and pseudonymising where suitable. We monitor our systems for possible vulnerabilities and attacks. Even though we try our best we can not guarantee the security of information. However, we promise to notify suitable authorities of data breaches. We will also notify you if there is a threat to your rights or interests. We will do everything we reasonably can to prevent security breaches and to assist authorities should any breaches occur. If you have an account with us, note that you have to keep your username and password secret.


We do not intend to collect or knowingly collect information from children. We do not target children with our services.

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The Justice Integrity Project reports misconduct, primarily in the justice and political systems, that harms individuals, communities and democratic values. The project is non-partisan and supported by advertising revenue and paid subscriptions.

Coverage began in February 2010 to expose irregularities in the federal court system in high-profile political prosecutions. Since then coverage has expanded to include revelations on intelligence, surveillance, Wall Street, health care, the media and foreign policy. The project operates with editorial independence from any political, government or commercial special interest. Its editorial policy seeks common ground to expose corruption and injustice.


The project was founded with a primary focus on alleged abuses in the United States legal system. At first, its primary focus was upon political and other arbitrary prosecutions as well as official corruption cases targeting malefactors whose actions hurt many people.

Since then its oversight has expanded to include related topics in all branches of government and the news media, as well as global issues illustrating gross injustice. The expansion was because many of the most serious irregularities in the court system not receiving news coverage had roots in political and financial intrigues, some of which involved media opinion leaders.

The project's research focuses mainly, but not exclusively, on U.S. domestic federal investigations. Sample areas include warrantless surveillance, intimidation of families and witnesses, suppression of evidence, appearance of judicial bias, and irregular financial incentives. Also, the project has examined oversight by higher courts, Congress, and the news media that permit abuses that, in the aggregate, threaten the foundations of democracy.

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"You join a small but ardent band of warriors for justice and for the transparency that stands a chance of restoring justice. It does not matter who the president is, nor the attorney general. The culture of the DOJ survives administrations. It happens that the current administration started out with more promise than most, and so the disappointment is palpable. But Obama is too prone to please and to protect himself against being perceived as soft and weak, and Holder is in fact too weak to take on the old boys network (and, indeed, he was part of the problem when he was a federal prosecutor). It is very exasperating.

"But it's very good that we have exposure and criticism coming now from all ends of the political spectrum. You are doing an enormously important public service."

-- Harvey A. Silverglate, longtime defense litigator, adjunct Harvard Law School adjunct professor, Cato Institute Fellow, co-founder of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), and author of Three Felonies A Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent


Cyril Wecht"The flagrant, unbridled abuse of governmental power by the DOJ and FBI in attempting to destroy an individual (financially, professionally, socially, and sometimes physically) for personal and political reasons, and to an extent that is grossly disproportionate to any alleged act of criminality, is the hallmark of a totalitarian government."

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-- Louis M. Manzo, author, New Jersey former legislator and defendant in the historic and controversial Bid Rig III prosecution that led to Chris Christie's election as governor


Board of Directors

 The Justice Integrity Project was founded in February, 2010. All of the original five founding directors are listed below.


Ron FisherJames Ronald Fisher is an honors graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and retired Navy Captain. Also, he is Founder and Executive Director of, 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 US 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 HurleyJohn Edward Hurley is Chairman of the McClendon News Group, which is named for the legendary White House correspondent Sarah McClendon and meets in the McClendon Room at the National Press Club to host speakers on important but often underreported topics. 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 a past Commander of the National Press Club's American Legion Post; developed the public relations program that brought together the various breed registries that comprise the American Horse Council; and was a long-time sponsor of the Rappahannock Hunt and the Thornton Hill Hounds.

He also is President and Chairman of the Confederate Memorial Association's museum and library, the historian for the John Barry Division of the Hibernians, and a co-founder of the Capitol Hill Civil War Roundtable. Additionally, he is on the Public Relations Committee of the Medical Musical Group (, a symphony orchestra made up of doctors and care-givers in the Veterans Administration Hospitals that perform worldwide concerts to benefit our veterans. Throughout his career, he has had a special interest in the integrity of the court system and has hosted many news events on the subject, which have included coverage by C-SPAN from the National Press Club.


Andrew Kreig

Andrew Kreig is Justice Integrity Project Executive Director and co-founder. 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 the federal government. Also, he has been a consultant and volunteer Andrew Kreig bioleader in advising several non-profit groups fostering cutting-edge applications within the communications industries. Between 2008 and 2016, he was an affiliated research fellow with the Information Economy Project at George Mason University School of Law. From 2009 to 2012, he was also a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and a half dozen journalism societies, including the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the American Society of Newspaper Editors, the National Press Club and the Overseas Press Club of America.

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. He has lectured about communications on five continents, and avvo top rated 2019co-keynoted the annual Futures Summit of the National Association of Broadcasters. Previously, he was WCA vice president and general counsel, an associate at Latham & Watkins, law clerk to a federal judge, author of the book Spiked about the newspaper business, and a longtime reporter for the Hartford Courant.

He holds excellent ratings from the lawyer-rating services Avvo and Martindale-Hubbell. Listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World from the mid-1990s and currently, he holds law degrees from the University of Chicago School of Law and from Yale Law School. Reared in New York City, his undergraduate degree in history is from Cornell University, where he was a student newspaper editor, rowing team member, and a Golden Gloves heavyweight regional finalist.


John KellyJohn 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 Kennedy's words, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country."

He is the sole survivor of journalists who covered the Kennedys at their 1960 victory celebration. He reported exclusives about Albert "The Boston Strangler" DeSalvo, Cuban militants planning Castro's overthrow, Soviet espionage, Mafia crime, and Watergate.

In 1962 on the 50th anniversary of the Titanic disaster, he interviewed three survivors. He then reported at sea on the U.S. Navy's interception of Soviet vessels during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Also that year, he flew with federal hurricane hunters based in Jacksonville, Florida into the eye of a storm. 

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. He was intimately involved in two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. One was an $85 million suit against the State of New Jersey for discriminatory against New Yorkers working in New Jersey. The other was defending New York against a suit by Vermont, which sought to prevent New York from auditing the books of Vermont vendors selling in New York.

As a dinner speaker at the National Press Club in Washington, he has called for investigations about weapons containing depleted uranium and Agent Orange being used by the U.S. military in Vietnam that have caused some 400,000 deaths with others being disfigured. He has raised similar concerns about 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.

jfk hs lookingupKelly's career began as a high-school copyboy for the New York Journal-American. While participating in a training program and riding with a reporter and photographer team, one night he met famed columnist Walter Winchell sitting in a street. Winchell, a pioneering columnist and radio reporter beginning in the Roaring Twenties, was cradling in his lap the head of a car accident victim, who was gushing, "Walter! Walter!" in happiness over his brush with fame. After a stint with a New Haven newspaper and television station Kelly returned to New York to report for United Press Movietone Television News on national assignments. His coverage of the John F. Kennedy (left) 1960 campaign included responsibilities as the pool reporter on Election Night at Kennedy's home in Hyannis, Massachusetts.

In February 1965, he obtained an exclusive interview for NBC with Malcom X (shown at right) in which the black leader correctly predicted malcolm x stamp black heritagethat he would not make it through the weekend without assassination. Kelly's other work in the 1960s included first-hand reports of astronaut John Glenn's lift-off. As a correspondent accredited at the United Nations, he covered also Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev's iconic speech at the United Nations banging his shoe on a desktop for emphasis. Kelly was covering the United Nations Security Council when U.S. Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge removing a secret microphone from artwork installed in the Moscow embassy. Soviets had given the embassy a decorative U.S. seal, but with a microphone in the eagle's beak.

As night editor at NBC's headquarters news desk located at 30 Rockefeller Center, Kelly obtained permission from FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover for exclusive arrest news film footage of the arrest of 18 Ku Klux Klan members for the infamous "Mississippi Burning" murders of three civil rights activists whose bodies were dumped in a swamp. Kelly's work included interactions on sensitive stories on teams led by NBC anchors Chet Huntley and David Brinkley, and CBS anchor Walter Cronkite. As a foreign correspondent UP Movietone in London, Kelly covered Parliament, served in Paris and covered intrigues involving Berlin Wall escapes and reprisals. Besides assignments in Hong Kong, Thailand and Japan, he covered the so-called Secret War in Laos. He lived in the mountains with anti-communist Montagnard tribes, and flew on Air America drops of rice and paratroopers. While posing as a student and traveling by train between Munich and Berlin through East Germany during annual Warsaw Pact Maneuvers, he was once taken into custody by the East Germany State Police and Stasi, the East German secret police. Similarly, he was taken into custody by agents of the Communist Pathet Lao and held at their headquarters in Vientiane before release.

ge building by david shankboneAs an NBC reporter, writer and news editor in the 19-building complex portrayed by photographer David Shankbone at left, Kelly's assignments included living on the secret bases of the militant anti-Castro organizations Alpha 66 and Brigade 2506 as they planned commando raids on the Cuban mainland from camps in the Florida Everglades. The FBI's Hoover authorized Kelly to meet with former Soviet GRU intelligence agent Kaarlo Toumi, who was being hunted by the Soviet KGB and on its hit list, in safe houses in New York after the Finnish-born Russian switched sides to become a double-agent for the U.S. For years, Soviets failed to detect the agent's switch.

Later, as a reporter at CBS News, Kelly covered Watergate cover-ups in Washington, Miami and California. Among his exclusives were the Army's use of the University of Minnesota campus police for surveillance and photographing students during rallies and campus activities. Also, Kelly broke stories showing that Army instructors rigged tests measuring Army reactions to potential missile attacks. Kelly served as a CIA covert action officer, but resigned after calling for a congressional investigation into Vietnam War corruption by local officials and cover-ups by U.S. officials who failed to provide oversight. "The two most abused things in Vietnam," Kelly was quoted in media reports as saying, "are the American G.I. and the U.S. taxpayer's dollar."

In the administration of New York's governor, Kelly's responsibilities included mustering congressional support for passage of anti-organized crime legislation aimed at ending interstate cigarette bootlegging. The smuggling was siphoning $90 million of state tax revenue, with the money going into the coffers of three major organized crime families. Later, Congress enacted an omnibus anti-organized crime bill. Also, Kelly helped develop New York's Parent and Student Savings (PASS) tuition savings program that allowed tax deductions for parents and/or guardians on their deposits for their dependents' future student tuition. Under the new law, students could declare the funds as income on their tax returns spread over a five-year, post-graduation period.

Kelly is a Manhattan resident who serves on the boards of the New York Symphonic and the Japan-U.S. Concert Society.  He has also served on boards of trustees of philanthropic foundations that emphasize in grants in health, education and the arts.


 Robert Ames Alden

In Memoriam: Robert Ames Alden





Robert 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 until that point. 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. As world news editor in 1974, he was the principal architect for the Post’s coverage of the resignation of President Nixon. Culminating a seven-year effort in 1975, he co-founded and later led the National Press Foundation 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.

The 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. He was a visionary community leader in planning a green, central park, library, outdoor stage, community center and theater for McLean, VA, whose Alden Theatre carries his name. He earrned bachelor and master’s degrees from the George Washington University, where he won the university's top history award as a student for 17 years in the 1950s and 1960s. In 2005, university officials bestowing a distinguished alumnus award described Alden as “a living legend” in Washington journalism.


Robert Ames Alden (Marie Marzi Washington Post photo)

 Robert Ames Alden, a former Washington Post editor, was the 1976 National Press Club president. Photo: Marie Marzi for the Washington Post.


Excerpted Biographies

Justice Integrity Project, In Memoriam: Post Editor, JIP Co-Founder Robert Alden, 1932-2020, Andrew Kreig, June 21, 2020. Longtime Washington Post editor Robert Ames Alden died this month at age 87, leaving an inspiring leadership legacy in journalistic and other civic affairs. Of particular note here, he was one of five founding directors of the Justice Integrity Project (JIP) a decade ago and provided active encouragement and other support until his final illness. 


National Press Club, 1976 Club President Bob Alden dies, Gil Klein, June 15, 2020. Former National Press Club President Robert Alden, who had been an active member for more than six decades, died June 7 at his home in McLean at the age of 87.

The cause was complications from Alzheimer’s disease, his wife, Diane Alden, told the Washington Post.

Alden had been a Washington Post news and layout editor for 48 years, helping to design and lay out the newspaper’s first section with stories that included the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963 and the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon in 1974.

Joining the Club in 1957, Alden took an active role in the Club’s governance in the early 1970s and was elected president for 1976.

Before his death, he was the most senior past Club president.

In 1970, he took a leading role in pushing the all-men’s Club to admit women. During a debate among members that year, Alden came down hard for finally including them.

“The Club is the most important non-government news forum in Washington,” Alden said. “Women are now an important segment of the national press. A court challenge under the 14th Amendment would be disastrous.”

In the final vote taken at the Club’s annual meeting Jan. 15, 1971, the measure passed 227 to 56.

After that, Alden became an advocate for advancing women into Club leadership positions.

“I will always be grateful for the moral support Bob gave me and other women journalists who joined the Club right after the official barriers to our membership came down,” said Vivian Vahlberg, who was elected the Club’s first woman president for the year 1982.

“Not everyone was welcoming, but Bob surely was,” Vahlberg said. “He fought hard for women to be admitted and was jubilant when we were. And, he supported me every step of the way as I moved up the ladder.”

During his year as president, Alden led the drive to create the National Press Foundation, a non-profit, tax exempt foundation that was designed to support the Club’s library, professional development and scholarship work. The Foundation later split with the Club, which then created the National Press Club Journalism Institute as a separate entity.

Alden was born in Washington on Feb. 5, 1933. He spent some of his childhood in Ohio and his first journalism job was with the Cleveland Press from 1947 to 1951.

He returned to Washington first as a statistician for the Office of Price Stabilization before joining the Washington Post in 1952.

While working at the paper, he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1965 and a master’s degree in history in 1968 at George Washington University.

In 1958, he married Diane Heidkamp, who survives him along with four children, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

A resident of McLean, Virginia. since 1953, he was a longtime civic activist helping to plan McLean’s downtown, including a park and community center. The 386-seat community theater is named for him.

“I had the pleasure of getting to know Bob Alden later in his life,” said current Club President Mike Freedman. “I remember him as a gracious and dedicated person who was justifiably proud of his many contributions to both The Washington Post and the National Press Club. Our time together left a lasting impression of a good and decent man who made a positive difference personally and professionally. It was an honor to know him.”


 washington post logoWashington Post, Robert Alden, Washington Post news and design editor, dies at 87, Bart Barnes, June 13, 2020. Robert A. Alden, a Washington Post news and layout editor for 48 years who helped design the inside pages of the newspaper’s first section, died June 7 at his home in McLean, Va. He was 87.

The cause was complication from Alzheimer’s disease, his wife, Diane Alden, said.

Mr. Alden retired from The Post in 2000. His career included the design and layout of newspaper pages containing stories, photographs and headlines about happenings that ranged from routine procedures of local governing boards to airplane crashes, natural disasters and historic events including the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963 and the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon in 1974.

On busy nights, the page designs and layouts had to be changed several times to keep up with fast-breaking events.

Mr. Alden was also president of the National Press Club in 1976, and he was a co-founder of the National Press Foundation, which supports educational programs for journalists. He was among the early advocates of the admission of women to press-club membership, which came about in the 1970s.

Mr. Alden had lived in McLean since 1953 and saw it evolve from a rural community of dairy cows and farms into a bustling suburb of shops and expensive houses. He was a longtime civic activist who helped plan McLean’s downtown, including a park and community center. The 386-seat community theater is named in his honor.

Robert Ames Alden was born in Washington on Feb. 5, 1933, and he spent part of his childhood in Rocky River, Ohio. As a high school student, he worked part-time at the Cleveland Press from 1947 to 1951 as a writer and reporter.

Returning to Washington after high school, he was a statistician at the Office of Price Stabilization before joining The Post news staff in 1952.

While working at the paper, he attended George Washington University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in 1965 and a master’s degree in history in 1968.