National Press Club

This week In National Press Club history

December 26, 2012 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein |

Dec. 25, 1991: President Mikhail Gorbachev steps down, bringing an end to the Soviet Union. A series of speeches at the National Press Club between 1988 and 1991 forecast the end of the Cold War.

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Dave Barry to discuss new book at Club

December 19, 2012 | By Nicole Hoffman |

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and best-selling author, Dave Barry, will discuss his new book "Insane City" at 1 pm on Feb. 1 at the Club. A book signing will follow the discussion.

Registration is required at Tickets are free for NPC members and $5 for the general public.

This event is a fundraiser for the National Press Club Journalism Institute. No outside book will be permitted. The author will only sign books purchased through the Club.

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Video of South Africa Night honoring Nelson Mandela on NPC website

December 18, 2012 | By Myron Belkind |

A video of the Nov. 26 South Africa night program honoring Nelson Mandela is now available on the Club's website at

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Ring in the New Year with lower prices at the Fourth Estate Restaurant

December 18, 2012 | By Olivia Haver

The Fourth Estate restaurant is hosting a New Year's Eve Dinner on Monday, Dec. 31, with seatings at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm.

To celebrate the 2012 presidential election, the restaurant will charge the same prices as in 2008, the year of the previous election. Members will pay $55 and nonmembers $65 for a three- course prix fixe menu. Wine pairings can be added for an additional $20.

Reservations are due by Friday, Dec. 28, by calling 202-662-7638.

The menu:

Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail with Fresh Horseradish Sour Cream Sauce.

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Whole Foods CEO to speak on new book

December 17, 2012 | By Nicole Hoffman |

John Mackey, co-funder and chief executive officer of Whole Foods Market, will discuss his new book, "Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business," on Feb. 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the Ballroom. A book signing will follow the discussion.

Mackey's book focuses on companies, such as Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Wegmans, Costco and the Container Store, that have purposes beyond simply maximizing profits.

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Dave Barry to discuss new book `Insane City' Feb. 1 at Journalism Institute fundraiser

December 11, 2012 | By Nicole Hoffman |

Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist and New York Times-bestselling author Dave Barry will discuss his new book, "Insane City," on Feb. 1 at 1 p.m. in the Conference Rooms. A book signing will follow the discussion.

Registration is required at Tickets are free for NPC members and $5 for the general public. The author will only sign books purchased through the National Press Club.

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Muslim commission on human rights to discuss women's, children's issues Dec. 13

December 11, 2012 | By David Hodes |

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) is the first Muslim commission on human rights, making the rights of women and children its top priority.

During a Newsmaker beginning at noon Thursday, Dec. 13, in the club's Zenger Room, IPHRC members will discuss the work being done by the commission to support human rights and women’s rights, in particular in countries that have not always effectively protected women’s rights.

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NPC Institute offers database, spreadsheet training in January

December 9, 2012 | By Nicole Hoffman |

The NPC Journalism Institute is diving back into data journalism in early 2013 with four new classes – two for spreadsheets and two for databases.

The database class will be taught by David Donald, data editor at the Center for Public Integrity, who has taught journalists all over the country how to extract great stories from piles of data. The spreadsheet classes will be taught by JoElla Straley from NPR's research library.

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Reserve early for New Years Eve dinner at the Fourth Estate

December 5, 2012 | By Olivia Haver |

The Fourth Estate restaurant is hosting a New Years Eve dinner on Monday, December 31, with seating at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

Celebrate with tantalizing dishes such as grilled Virginia oysters, seared duck breast and apple streusel cake with bourbon cream cheese icing!

Members pay $85, non-members $95, for a three course prix fixe menu.

Reservations are requested by Friday, December 28th to assure a table. Phone: 202-662-7638.

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Get tips for driving blog traffic at Communicators Breakfast Dec. 14

December 4, 2012 | By Tom McMahon |

Do you want to start a blog but don’t know where to begin? Or do you
have a blog but don’t know why your posts aren't being shared?

Get answers to those questions about blogging and more at the NPC
Communicators Breakfast Friday, Dec. 14 at 8 a.m. in the Truman

Devon Hopkins, director of Client Services at Social Driver, an
award-winning digital agency based in Washington, will talk about how
to plan your blog efforts, produce quality shareable content and post
it effectively, promote your blog to attract audiences, and review
your efforts to ensure success.

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