The official release:
The National Press Club, the largest and most prestigious press club in the world, announced today its membership has elected Buffalo News National correspondent Jerry Zremski as its 100th president. Zremski will be sworn in during a black tie inaugural gala on January 20, 2007.
Zremski, currently the National Press Clubâ€™s vice president, also has served as membership secretary and treasurer since joining the Club in 1989. He has identified freedom of the press as the primary issue of focus for his 2007 term in office.
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“The National Press Club has been a strong voice for the free press worldwide and a home away from home for Washington’s journalists for nearly 100 years,” said Zremski. “I see it as my job to protect those traditions and carry them forward into the Club’s second century.”
Zremski also plans to attract the most prominent and newsworthy speakers to the Club’s trademark luncheon program, to put in place plans for the Club’s centennial celebration in 2008, and to complete the organization’s strategic plan that he began as vice president.
A reporter for The Buffalo News since 1984, Zremski joined the Washington bureau in 1989. In addition to covering the Western New York congressional delegation, Zremski has covered the last two presidential elections and the Iraq War. He served as president of the Regional Reporters Association in 1997, and was a Nieman fellow at Harvard University in 1999-2000.
A native of Elkland, Pa., Zremski holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Syracuse University and a master’s degree in political science from American University. He lives in Washington.
The 2007 inaugural celebration, the “Black Tie and Snow Boots Ball,” will be an irreverent tribute to Zremski’s adopted hometown of Buffalo, N.Y. Food and wine from Western New York will be served, special guests from Buffalo and Washington will be on hand, and a prize will be awarded to the attendee sporting the best pair of boots.
The event will be held in the National Press Club’s ballroom at 6:30 p.m. on January 20, 2007. Tickets are $85 and can be purchased by calling the Club at 202-662-7501.
The National Press Club, founded in 1908, has close to 3,700 members in Washington and worldwide. Widely known for its Speakers Luncheon Series televised by C-SPAN and broadcasted on XM Radio, the NPC also is Washington’s most frequently used venue for news conferences. The NPC conducts an aggressive program of professional education for journalists, funds scholarships for minority journalism students, and operates the nation’s only non-academic research library for journalists.