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Game on: Tennis legend Billie Jean King to speak at May 9 Luncheon

March 14, 2012 | By Donna Leinwand Leger |

Tennis great Billie Jean King, 39-time Grand Slam singles champion, will address a National Press Club Luncheon on Wednesday, May 9.

King, a long-time advocate for gender equality in sports, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009.

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National Press Club journalism contest seeks best of broadcasters

March 14, 2012 | By Will Lester |

The National Press Club journalism contest seeks the best work from broadcasters in a variety of areas.

Broadcasters are encouraged to enter their best work in areas like breaking news, reporting on consumer issues, press criticism, international reporting and reporting about animals and their welfare.

The best work of broadcasters in presenting their work online can be entered in the competition for the best online journalism. Entrants must show how they used online content to enhance their broadcast reports.

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No rinky-dink course for NPC's Journalism Institute's inaugural golf tourney April 20

March 13, 2012 | By Julie Schoo |

Participants in the National Press Club Journalism Institute's inaugural golf tournament on Friday, April 20, will have an opportunity to play on one of the top-ranked courses in the area.

The event will be held at the Country Club at Woodmore in Mitchellville, Md., an Arnold Palmer-designed course that was ranked No. 7 in the Mid-Atlantic region last year by Golf Digest magazine.

The top-rated course was chosen by the Institute not only to provide an enjoyable venue for entrants, but also to provide a challenging test of their skills.

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Alexander McCall Smith to make only Washington appearance at Club April 14

March 13, 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 only sign copies purchased through the Club.

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Author to discuss capture of 9/11 terrorist mastermind April 11

March 13, 2012 | By Nicole Hoffman |

Josh Meyer, former chief terrorism reporter for The Los Angeles Times and director of education and outreach for Medill’s National Security Journalism Initiative, will discuss his new book "The Hunt for KSM: Inside the Pursuit and Takedown of the Real 9/11 Mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed," in the Bloomberg Room on April 11 at 6:30 p.m.

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NPC Journalism Contest recognizes best Washington-based regional writers

March 12, 2012 | By Will Lester |

Washington-based regional reporters have the difficult job of translating the events in the nation’s capital to the cities, states and regions they represent.

The National Press Club journalism contest seeks to recognize the best of this important work. These reporters face increasing challenges as the news industry has undergone dramatic changes.

The 2011 winner was Tommy Burr of The Salt Lake Tribune.

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National Geographic photographer to present 40 years of stories and images March 23

March 12, 2012 | By Tim Lundin |]

For 40 years, Lynn Abercrombie traveled with her late husband Tom covering every continent and the seven seas for National Geographic magzine. Join Lynn on Friday, March 23, at 7 p.m. to celebrate "Traveling the World for National Geographic," a new book featuring stunning images from their remarkable lives.

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This week In National Press Club history

March 12, 2012 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein |

March 11, 1997: President Bill Clinton receives his National Press Club membership card at a Luncheon and advocates free television for political candidates.

March 12, 1908: The National Press Club is born with 32 journalists in attendance in a room lent by the Washington Chamber of Commerce, with a purse of $300, considered sufficient capital to start.

March 15, 1974: King Hussein of Jordan tells the Club that a new political climate makes it a good time for Middle East peace.

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CSIS to relase report on Iranian influence at Friday Newsmaker

March 11, 2012 | By Peter Hickman |

Stephen Johnson, senior fellow and director of the Americas program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Washington, will release and discuss a major CSIS report on Iran's influence in the Americas at a 3 p.m. Newsmaker, Friday, March 16.

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Travel to the Baltic republics in May

March 8, 2012 | By Pat Schoeni |

Join the NPC trip to the Baltic Republics May 19-30, 2012. This is a rare opportunity to visit the historical capitals of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.

The trip begins in Vilnius, capital of Lithuania, once the largest medieval state in Europe. This small independent democratic country is rich in historical monuments and lovely landscapes. Sightseeing includes St. Stanislav Cathedral, Gediminas Castle and the Old Vilnius University while walking through narrow, winding alleys and courtyards. Travel to the 12th century town of Trakai and Kaunas outside of Vilnius.

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