National Press Club

No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency author Alexander McCall Smith to make only DC appearance April 14 at NPC; Reserve now

March 27, 2012 | By Nicole Hoffman |

In his only appearance in Washington, D.C., best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith will discuss his new book, The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (13), at the National Press Club on April 14 at 12:15 p.m.

McCall Smith will sign copies of The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection as well as his latest young reader title, The Great Cake Mystery: Precious Ramotswe's Very First Case, following the discussion and question-and-answer period. The author will sign only copies purchased through the Club.

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Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. chief to discuss retirement crisis for baby boomers April 4

March 27, 2012 | By Jamie Horwitz |

Josh Gotbaum, director of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. (PBGC), will discuss the looming retirement crisis facing baby boomers who will outlive their savings in the absence of traditional pensions to sustain them. The Newsmaker begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 4, in the club's Zenger Room.

For more information, contact Jamie Horwitz at 202 549-4921 or

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A Thin Mint for your thoughts: America's head Girl Scout to speak at NPC luncheon

March 27, 2012 | By Debra Silimeo |

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts of the USA, Girl Scouts CEO Anna Maria Chavez will speak at a National Press Club Luncheon on Wednesday, May 30.

Today, Girl Scouts is the largest leadership development organization for girls in the world. Research shows that 61% of girls are either ambivalent about leadership or say it's not important to them at all, so Girl Scouts is working on a new goal to reach gender-balanced leadership in one generation. Fewer than 17% of senators, representatives and governors are women, and even fewer are Fortune 500 CEOs.

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Runners mark your calendars: Beat the Deadline 5K on June 9

March 27, 2012 | By Nikki Schwab |

Runners, take your mark _ or at least mark it on your calendars: The NPC's BEAT THE DEADLINE 5K will be run Saturday, June 9, at 7:30 a.m.

The 5K committee is seeking race day volunteers and donations. The race, which is in its 15th year, will once again start in front of the National Press Club and will conclude with a pancake breakfast in the Club's ballroom.

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State Department innovation advisor Ross featured at "Social Media 4 Social Good"; 7 p.m. April 3

March 27, 2012 | By Sarahanne Driggs |

The April 3 session of NPC's "Social Media 4 Social Good" will feature Alec Ross, senior advisor for innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The event begins at 7 p.m.

Foreign Policy magazine last year named Ross a "Top Global Thinker" and Politico in 2010 named her one of 50 Politicos to Watch, describing her as one of “five people who are bringing transformative change to the government.”

At the State Department, Ross leverages new media in innovative ways to address international human rights violations, poverty and diplomacy

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Walczak Award seeks best political writing, analysis; deadline April 1

March 26, 2012 | By Will Lester |

With campaign season in full bloom, the National Press Club will recognize the best of political journalism.

The Lee Walczak Award for Political Analysis recognizes the best in political writing, with an emphasis on the best analysis. This award is named in memory of Lee Walczak, a Washington editor, bureau chief and White House correspondent who worked for Bloomberg News and Business Week. Dan Balz of The Washington Post took top honors last year.

The competition has an online/print category and a prize of $750.

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Rohrabacher and Gohmert to speak on Baluchistan self-determination

March 26, 2012 | By Tejinder Singh |

Republican U.S. Reps. Dana Rohrabacher of California and Louie Gohmert of Texas will speak at a National Press Club Newsmaker press conference at 12 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, in the Zenger Room on the conflicts in Baluchistan.

Rohrabacher, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, in February introduced a resolution calling for self-determination Baluchistan, now one of four Pakistan provinces. Gohmert and Rep. Steve King, R-IA, co-sponsored the bill. For additional information, please contact Tejinder Singh at 202-503-8052.

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Bib Up! It's lobster Wednesday at the Fourth Estate; reserve now

March 25, 2012 | By Susan Delbert |

Nothing says summer like March in Washington and lobster night Wednesday at the National Press Club's Fourth Estate restaurant.

Members pay $25; Non-members $30 for a fresh 1¼-pound Maine Lobster with coleslaw and choice of French fries or oven-crisped new potatoes. Please reserve 24 hours in advance (4 p.m. Tuesday) to a assure a crustacean To reserve, call 202-662-7638. A few lobsters will be available for those without a reservation, by why take your chances!

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NPC Luncheon to feature CFTC Chairman Gary Gensler, April 17

March 25, 2012 | By Rod Kuckro |

Gary Gensler, chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the person at the center of implementing the sweeping and controversial Dodd-Frank financial reform law, will address the National Press Club at a luncheon April 17.

Dodd-Frank, the most comprehensive changes to regulation of financial markets since the Great Depression, has drawn withering criticism for its far-reaching efforts to prevent another financial crisis. Gensler’s agency is at the center of rules surrounding the trading of derivatives and other complex financial instruments.

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Legendary newsman Jim Lehrer headlines next "Kalb Report"

March 25, 2012 | By Gil Klein |

Two legends of television news will share the stage April 2 as Kalb Report host Marvin Kalb interviews PBS pioneer Jim Lehrer about his career contributions to journalism and the state of democratic discourse in today's digital society.

Lehrer developed and hosted The McNeil/Lehrer Report that later became The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. He also has moderated 11 presidential debates.

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