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December 30, 2021

National Press Club of Washington elects Jen Judson of Defense News as its 115th President.

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Photo: Miss. Jed Judson of Defense News elected President of the National Press Club.

WASHINGTON, December 30, 2021 — Jen Judson, the land warfare reporter for Defense News, was elected as the 115th president of the National Press Club on Friday, December 10, 2021. She will officially assume the duties of the presidency in January 2022.

Judson delivered her acceptance remarks among fellow members at the Press Club, acknowledging the delight of being able to celebrate and gather in person once again:

“I have found the Club to be a haven of both inspiration and camaraderie in good times and bad, and my goal as President is to ensure this continues for all members. I also look forward to new members with a new, diverse array of attributes that will contribute to the continued success of the institution, especially as the nature of journalism rapidly evolves.”

As a faithful Press Club member for nearly a decade, Judson looks to continue the Club’s dedication to the field of journalism by supporting reporters day-to-day and upholding a significant pillar of our democracy.

“This coming year, as pandemic problems slowly fade, I hope we can sharpen our focus on matters of press freedom. As we know, the pandemic has only contributed to polarizing the public’s view of the press worldwide and has aided in the degradation of global press freedom. I hope to double down on Club efforts to promote a free press, help protect the press in danger, and repair public trust. To make headway on these goals will require time, hard work, and a lot of help from our membership,” Jed said.

As the land warfare reporter at Defense News for over six years, Judson has navigated the complicated bureaucracy of the Pentagon and Capitol Hill. In addition, she brings her previous experience tackling the challenges of reporting in smaller communities at local newspapers. She won the National Press Club’s best analytical reporting award in 2014 and was named the Defense Media Awards’ best young defense journalist in 2018. Judson had previously served as Club Secretary on the board, and later, as vice president to Lisa Nicole Matthews, the outgoing President.

“The Club has a solid leader in Jen Judson and her leadership team in continued uncertain times. I look forward to continued work with her and our membership,” said Matthews.

Judson holds a master of science degree in print journalism from Boston University and a bachelor of arts degree from Kenyon College.

An inaugural gala is scheduled early in 2022 for the Club’s new President.

Additional results of Friday’s Club election include Eileen Drage O’Reilly (Axios) as vice president; Michael Balsamo (The Associated Press) as secretary; Emily Wilkins (Bloomberg) as treasurer; and Gillian Rich (Investor’s Business Daily) as membership secretary. In addition, elected to the Board of Governors Journalist seat for three-year terms: Herb Jackson, Tara Copp, Alisa Parenti; Board of Governors Journalist seat for one-year terms: Mark Schoeff Jr. and Poonam Sharma; and Board of Governors Communicator seat for three years: Mike Smith.

Founded in 1908, the National Press Club is the World’s Leading Professional Organization for Journalists™. Located three blocks from the White House, the Club has as its members more than 3,000 reporters, editors, and expert communicators worldwide representing almost every leading news organization.

Source: National Press Club


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