National Press Club

South African President Zuma to speak at NPC Luncheon Aug. 4

July 19, 2014 | By Myron Belkind |

President Jacob Zuma of South Africa will be the guest at a National Press Club Speakers Luncheon at 1:30 p.m. Monday, August 4, in the Ballroom.

Zuma, who was first elected president in 2009 and re-elected in 2014, will speak on the eve of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington August 5 to 6.

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Ex-POW Alvarez sees "nothing positive" in prisoner exchange

July 18, 2014 | By Ken Dalecki |

"I see nothing positive about it," retired Navy Cmdr. Everett Alvarez, Jr., the longest-held U.S. POW during the Vietnam War, said of the prisoner exchange that freed five Islamic terrorists for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. He was speaking at a meeting Thursday, July 17, of the NPC's American Legion Post 20.

Alvarez, who next month will mark 50 years since his capture by the North Vietnamese after his carrier-based plane was shot down over Hanoi, said he is "fearful (the exchange) will set a precedent."

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Member Spotlight premieres at the National Press Club

July 16, 2014 | By Allyson Cannon |

NPC Member Katy Steinmetz is a reporter for TIME Magazine based out of San Francisco, CA. Formerly with the Washington D.C. Bureau, Steinmetz landed the May 2014 cover with her article, “The Transgender Tipping Point”, featuring Laverne Cox, of Netflix’s Orange is the New Black.

Steinmetz was instrumental in organizing the 2013 Centennial Spelling Bee between Congressional leaders and journalists. Steinmetz has been an NPC member since 2010.

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Discover the best little lobbying database in town, on July 24

July 16, 2014 | By Nicole Hoffman |

Learn how to use the best little lobbying database in town at a workshop on July 24, 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. in the Bloomberg Room of the National Press Club.

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Former White House CTO to discuss new book on entrepreneurial technology, July 22

July 15, 2014 | By Allyson Cannon |

Aneesh Chopra, formerly the White House's first chief technology officer, will discuss the entrepreneurial opportunities technology offers government to address challenges in public health, energy and education through his new book, "Innovative State: How New Technologies Can Transform Government."

The event will be held on July 22 at 6 p.m. in the National Press Club's Holeman Lounge. This is a ticketed event and registration is required.

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This Week In National Press Club History

July 15, 2014 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein |

July 17, 2003: Former President Gerald R. Ford makes his fifteenth and last appearance at the Club for his foundation’s annual journalism awards luncheon, given for coverage of the presidency and defense issues. Columnist Hugh Sidey describes Ford as the only president he knew who genuinely liked reporters.

July 19, 1962: Civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr become the first African-American to speak at a National Press Club luncheon. He discusses non-violent resistance and freedom, and receives the Nobel Peace Prize two years later.

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Interpreting smoke signals from the marijuana skirmish line

July 13, 2014 | By Herb Perone |

The legalization of medical and recreational marijuana and the public and social policy quandary it poses will be explored at a Newsmakers news conference on Thursday, July 24 at 10 a.m. in the National Press Club's Murrow Room.

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Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx Luncheon moved to July 21

July 12, 2014 | By Angela Greiling Keane |

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx will speak about increasing U.S. transportation infrastructure spending at a National Press Club luncheon on Monday July 21. (Note the new date for the speech.)

In the midst of last-minute congressional efforts to avoid a shortfall in the Highway Trust Fund, Foxx will speak about the need for long-term transportation investment, arguing that the ongoing lack of certainty and stability poses an even greater threat to the country’s ability to grow.

Foxx is a former mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, who became transportation secretary last year.

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Scientists to forecast California drought impacts through 2016 at July 15 Newsmaker

July 10, 2014 | By Dianne Saenz |

University of California scientists will update and expand their forecast of the California drought’s economic impacts on agriculture at a Newsmakers news conference at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 15, in the club’s Zenger Room. California’s Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross will also speak at the event.

The event will be webcast live at

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Wife of imprisoned Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López to speak, July 21

July 10, 2014 | By Tony Gallo |

Lilian Tintori, wife of imprisoned Venezuelan political activist Leopoldo López, former mayor of the Chacao district of Caracas and the leader of the Popular Will opposition party, will speak at a Newsmakers news conference on Monday, July 21 at 10 a.m. in the First Amendment Lounge.

Lopez is scheduled for trial in a Caracas court on July 23.

Tintori and her attorneys will present a report examining the charges against her husband and placing them in the context of the domestic political situation in Venezuela.

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