National Press Club

At Book Rap, Timothy Gay Talks About How WWII Made Stars Out of Journalists

May 23, 2012 | By Jeffery King | jefferyking86@hotmail.com

Walter Cronkite, Andy Rooney, A. J. Liebling, Homer Bigart and Hal Boyle are legends today, but when they were first assigned to cover World War II, they were little-known reporters who knew no foreign languages and little about world affairs.

So says Timothy Gay, author of ``Assignment to Hell: The War against Nazi Germany with Correspondents Walter Cronkite, Andy Rooney, A. J. Liebling, Homer Bigart and Hal Boyle.''

Gay, joined by Cronkite's son, Chip, spoke at a Book Rap Tuesday.

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Have your picture taken with America's first Girl Scout

May 23, 2012 | By Marilyn Geewax | mgeewax@npr.org

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts of the USA, the very first Girl Scout, Juliette Gordon Low, will make an appearance at the Club.

Madame Tussaud¹s wax statute of Gordon Low will accompany the Scouts' chief executive officer, Anna Maria Chavez, at the May 30 luncheon.

Gordon Low's statue will spend the afternoon in the Club’s ballroom. Luncheon attendees will have an opportunity to pose beside the replica of the woman who founded what is now the world’s largest organization for girls.

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Development bank official says inequality, governance challenges could derail Asian growth

May 22, 2012 | By Lorna Aldrich | lorna2verizon.net

Rising inequality and the absence of good governance are the main challenges to Asian growth and could eventually derail it, Rajat M. Nag, managing director general of the Asian Development Bank, told a May 22 Newsmaker.

Two more immediate hurdles lie in the Euro crisis and oil prices, he said.

Nag said the current picture is basically positive with "robust growth rates." The ADB is forecasting Asian economic growth of 6.9 percent this year, down from 7.2 percent last year, but expected to reach 7.3 percent in 2013.

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Learn the secrets of the Freedom of Information Act

May 22, 2012 | By Julie Schoo | jschoo@press.org

Learn the secrets of the Freedom of Information Act, the invaluable reporting tool that too many journalists ignore. Through FOIA requests, appeals and even litigation, reporters and other professionals can extract invaluable documents from the federal government and uncover great stories.

Join three FOIA experts in a lively, practical-oriented discussion about filing effective requests, negotiating with government gatekeepers, finding likely sources and turning the law into your sword.

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NPC Journalism Institute offers class in Pinterest and Google+

May 22, 2012 | By Nicole Hoffman | nhoffman@press.org

Learn how Pinterest and Google+ can be used to help brand your cause. This professional development session will take place on Friday, June 22, at 9 a.m. in the Bloomberg Room.

Register at http://www.press.org/events/get-pr-smart-how-pinterest-and-google-could-help-brand-your-cause#tickets. The class is $35 for club members and $45 for non-members. NPC members should sign in for the discount code.

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Here's an easy way to get involved in the National Press Club

May 22, 2012 | By Sarahanne Driggs | sdriggs@press.org

Want to help make the club a better place?

It's easy. Just attend NPC’s Committee Fair on Monday, June 4. Representatives of all the Club’s committees will be available to discuss their committee's function and highlight upcoming events. This is your chance to share ideas with the Club leadership, network with fellow members and find out how to get involved.

The fair will be held in the Holeman Lounge from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Members are invited to stop by any time during the event.

Please reserve by clicking this link.

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Tony Horton to lead pre-5K workout

May 22, 2012 | By Melinda Cooke | mcooke@press.org

Tony Horton, celebrity trainer known for creating the P90X® Extreme Home Fitness System, will once again lead an Washington, D.C., audience in a P90X workout session at the National Press Club on Thursday, June 7.

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Special offer from the BEAT THE DEADLINE 5K

May 21, 2012 | By Melinda Cooke | mcooke@press.org

Are you ready to lace up your shoes at the 2012 BEAT THE DEADLINE 5K on June 9? We have a special offer from one of our generous donors.

The Hotel George wants to help you stay in the lap of luxury during your quest to be the first to cross the finish line. BEAT THE DEADLINE participants can get a special runner rate of $169/night.

Don't wait to miss out on this and other great offers. Go to our 5K website and register now.

For more information, contact 5k@press.org.

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Don your bib: Lobster Night returns this Wednesday

May 21, 2012 | By Susan Delbert | sdelbert@press.org

Reconnect with the Fourth Estate Restaurant for Lobster Night on Wednesday, May 23. Come enjoy a fresh and succulent 1 ¼ pound Maine lobster with coleslaw and choice of French fries or oven-crisped new potatoes for $25 for members, $30 for non-members.

The regular Fourth Estate menu will be available for non-crustacean lovers. Chef Susan has prepared a new spring dinner menu with such entrees as teriyaki tuna with red pepper rice and cantaloupe slaw, veal piccata with lemon sauce on soft parmesan polenta, and skewered jerk shrimp on vermicelli with light cream sauce.

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Asian Development Bank director to discuss impact of social, economic inequality on Asian financial future

May 20, 2012 | By Tejinger Singh | tejindersinghdc@gmail.com

Rajat M. Nag, managing director general of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), will speak at a National Press Club Newsmaker press conference at 12 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, in the Zenger Room of the National Press Building, 529 14th St., N.W., Washington, DC.

Nag will address challenges the developing Asian nations face in the current economic climate and whether the region could experience social or political unrest if economic instability continues.

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