National Press Club

Interior Secretary Salazar talks on offshore drilling, gas prices at April 24 luncheon

March 29, 2012 | By Alison Fitzgerald |

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who oversees all U.S. offshore oil and gas drilling, will speak to a National Press Club luncheon on Tuesday, April 24. Salazar will discuss gas prices, offshore drilling and other energy-related issues.

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IRS commissioner to speak on the future of taxes, April 5 or T-Day minus 10

March 28, 2012 | By Lori Russo |

Doug Shulman, the 47th Commissioner of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, will speak at a National Press Club Luncheon on Thursday, April 5.

Now in his final year of a five-year term, Shulman will provide his perspective as the nation’s tax deadline approaches in a speech titled “Looking Back and Looking Forward for the Nation’s Tax System.”

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Spend spring in the Baltics on upcoming NPC trip; Last call for reservations

March 28, 2012 | By Pat Schoeni |

Don't miss your opportunity to experience the Baltic Republics. The Travel Committee invites NPC members, their guests and friends to travel through Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia from May 19 to May 30.

The trip cost is $3,195 per person double, and $675 single supplement. Price includes roundtrip air, first-class hotels, great sightseeing, daily breakfast, and more. The reservation window closes soon so call Richard Meyer at 703-356-6884 to secure your place.

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Stop procrastinating! The National Press Club journalism contest deadline is nearly here

March 28, 2012 | By Will Lester |

It's last call for entries to the National Press Club’s annual journalism contest.

The deadline is April 1, but since that falls on a Sunday this year, entries postmarked on Monday April 2 will be accepted.

The contest seeks the best in breaking news, political reporting, regional reporting on Washington, international coverage, online reporting, consumer reporting and newsletter journalism. It also includes a group of awards for areas as diverse as the news industry, aerospace and the airline industry, problems facing the elderly and humor writing.

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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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