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Ken Burns becomes honorary National Press Club member

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Yeas and Nays,Politics,Nikki Schwab

Ken Burns is a renowned documentarian, but he can now add "journalist" to his resume, at least according to the National Press Club. "I guess I'm a card-carrying journalist," Burns noted as National Press Club President Angela Greiling Keane presented him with a white card, indicating that he was an honorary member of the club, at an appearance there on Friday. Burns was in town to discuss his newest documentary, "The Central Park Five," named after the group of black and Latino teenagers who were wrongly accused and imprisoned for the 1989 beating and rape of white investment banker Trisha Meili. Burns revealed that police and prosecutors refused to cooperate with the making of his film. "We begged them, but they wouldn't," said Burns, according to the National Press Club's wire newsletter. "The Central Park Five" airs at 9 p.m. Tuesday on PBS.

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Nikki Schwab

Staff Reporter - Yeas & Nays
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