National Press Club

Upcoming National Press Club luncheons

September 6, 2016 | By Lindsey Underwood |

Sept. 8: U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.)
Topic: gun control
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This event will take place in the Holeman Lounge

Sept. 15: U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter
Topic: debate in Congress over House and Senate defense bills
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This event will take place in the Club ballroom.

Oct.3: U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack
Topic: expanding American Agriculture

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CNN's Wolf Blitzer to receive Fourth Estate Award Sept. 20

September 6, 2016 | By Julie Schoo |

Wolf Blitzer, CNN’s lead political analyst and host of “The Situation Room,” will receive the Fourth Estate Award, the National Press Club's highest honor, at a dinner Sept. 20.

Blitzer is the 44th recipient of the Fourth Estate Award, which recognizes a journalist who has made significant contributions to the field. The award dinner this year also will honor our Aubuchon Press Freedom Award recipients, people whose work and lives have advanced the cause of press freedom and transparency around the world.

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Moving abroad? Book Rap on Wednesday describes one person's experience

September 5, 2016 | By Lindsey Underwood |

Former Washington Post reporter Frank Ahrens talks about what it's like to leave your job and start all over again in a new country with a new career at a Club Book Rap on Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 6:30 p.m.

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Apply now to participate in NPC Book Fair

September 2, 2016 | By Crystal White |

Applications for the Club's annual book fair are being accepted through 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 25.

Applications and materials received after this period will not be reviewed. Applicants will be notified of committee decisions via email by Oct. 9. All literary genres are considered however self-published books and books only available in e-format will not be accepted.

The cost to participate is $75 for Club members and $150 for nonmembers and must be paid when the person is approved to participate, Authors must remain for the entire three-hour event, which runs from 5.30-8:30 p.m.

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Freedman tells Broadcast Committee the way it was

September 2, 2016 | By Bill McCloskey |

Imagine being able to call on legendary CBS Evening News anchor Walter Cronkite to do a radio broadcast when you needed to emphasize the importance of an historic event.

As general manager of CBS Radio Network News, National Press Club board member Mike Freedman had that authority and used it judiciously.

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Sen. Murphy to Discuss Guns at Thursday Luncheon

September 2, 2016 | By Jonathan D. Salant |

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, the Connecticut Democrat who led a filibuster to force votes on gun control measures, will speak at a National Press Club luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 8.

The Second Amendment is a hot issue with both principal presidential candidates, with Donald Trump endorsed by the National Rifle Association and Hillary Clinton seeking expanded background checks for gun buyers.

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Secretary of Defense Ash Carter to speak on defense budget at Sept. 15 Luncheon

September 1, 2016 | By Erik Meltzer |

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter will discuss the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act at a Club luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 15.

The NDAA authorizes defense spending and sets policy for the 12 months. House Republicans included a provision in their version of the bill to accommodate defense contractors' religious beliefs. Opponents said this would allow them to ignore President Barack Obama's executive order banning discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered individuals.

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Humorous Speech Contest Monday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. in McClendon Room

September 1, 2016 | By Leslie Kingsley |

Please be the National Press Clubs Toastmasters group guests at a special contest Monday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. in McClendon Room as Toastmasters practice humorous speaking -– extemporaneous and planned.

Toastmasters meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month, and all meetings are open to Club members and the public.

Toastmasters also serves as a platform to develop professional speaking and leadership skills, and is a great platform to practice delivering a policy piece or other technical speech. You’ll be amazed at the things people do and know.

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"Seoul Man" Book Rap Wednesday Sept. 7 with former Postie Frank Ahrens

September 1, 2016 | By Lindsay Underwood, Member Engagement Manager |

Ever wondered what it would be like to leave your job and your home country behind, and start over with a new career in a new culture?

For those only wanting to do this vicariously, Frank Ahrens has written a book about doing just this and will discuss it at a National Press Club Book Rap on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $5 for National Press Club members; $10 for the public. Click here to jump to the ticket form.

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Club podcast analyzes impact of political commentary on the public, elections and journalism

August 30, 2016 | By Adam Konowe |

National Pres Club member Shannon Fisher talks to Bloomberg News Washington Bureau Chief and fellow Club member Megan Murphy about the unique role of political commentary in elections in a Club Update-1 podcast now online.

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