National Press Club

Beyer combines history, journalism in story of music

June 16, 2011 | By Joseph Luchok |

When he writes a book, author Rick Beyer combines journalism and history.

“I try to bring to history news sensibility,” Beyer said at a National Press Club event on June 14 featuring his latest book, "The Greatest Music Stories Never Told."

The book tells 100 stories that illuminate hidden details about music -- ranging from 1400 BC to 2007. “History is important and fun,” Beyer said, adding that that music may older than humanity and probably predates language.

Read more

Rep. Scott Garrett to outline ways to avoid Aug. 2 default, 2 pm June 21

June 15, 2011 | By Herb Jackson |

U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett, R-N.J., chairman of the House capital markets subcommittee, will discuss a bill that would give priority to repaying outstanding debt when the limit is reached at a Newsmaker press conference at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, in the Zenger Room.

Garrett says U.S. debt-limit disruptions would be avoided if the Treasury Department was directed to spend the revenues that come in after Aug. 2 on repaying bond holders ahead of other obligations. He is the prime sponsor of H.R. 421, the Full Faith and Credit Act, which would put that policy in place.

Read more

Order photos from 5K, Tony Horton workout

June 15, 2011 | By Melissa Charbonneau |

National Press Club members, guests and the general public may order photographs from the Club’s recent Beat the Deadline 5K race and from the preceding workout with P90X creator Tony Horton.

The images were shot by Club photographers Sam Hurd and Noel St. John.

Photos from the June 9 workout with Tony Horton are available for purchase at Cost is $20 per print or jpg digital downloads.

Read more

Former National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft to analyze security challenges facing Obama administration, June 14

June 13, 2011 | By Marilyn Geewax |

Brent Scowcroft, national security advisor to two presidents, will review the security challenges facing the Obama administration at a National Press Club luncheon Tuesday, June 14, during the 24th annual Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation Journalism Awards program.

Scowcroft, who was national security advisor to Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush, has been involved in military and security issues at the White House level since the Nixon administration.

Read more

Former FEMA director Michael Brown to discuss new book, June 21

June 13, 2011 | By Jan King |

Michael Brown, the former FEMA director widely blamed for the federal government's poor response to Hurricane Katrina, will discuss his new book, Deadly Indifference: The Perfect (Political) Storm, on Tuesday, June 21 at 6:30 p.m.

In the book, co-authored by Ted Schwarz, Brown describes the role of politics in a risk-averse society facing natural or manmade disasters. He has spoken around the world on issues of homeland security, crisis management and disaster response.

Read more

Sponsors, donors sprint to Beat the Deadline 5K finish, June 11

June 10, 2011 | By Melissa Charbonneau |

Please join our Beat the Deadline 5K sponsors and race marshals Tony Horton of P90X and Suzanne Malveaux of CNN Newsroom for the 14th annual race for journalists and their sources at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 11.

For more information or to register, go to Packet pick-up and registration is Friday, June 10, from noon until 7 p.m. at the National Press Club, 13th floor, 529 14th Street, N.W.

Read more

Ag Secretary Vilsack to speak on global food security, June 13 luncheon

June 10, 2011 | By Melissa Charbonneau |

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack will address a National Press Club luncheon on Monday, June 13. He will speak about global food security, in advance of the June 23 meeting of the ministers of agriculture from the G20 countries. The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization wants developed countries to shift their assistance from providing emergency food to helping develop agriculture.

Read more

Explore 'hyperlocal' news at launch of 'Get It Online' series, 6:30 pm July 14

June 10, 2011 | By Kimberly Bender |

Is hyperlocal online media the new 5 o'clock news? This question will be posed at the National Press Club’s new series, “Get It Online,” at 6:30 p.m. July 14 in the First Amendment Lounge.

Seats are limited, so please pre-register now at:
Member discount code is NPCMembers.

We will be live-tweeting the panel event, and a cash bar reception will follow. Admission is free for Club members and $10 for non-members.

Read more

NASA chief to address luncheon prior to final shuttle launch, July 1

June 8, 2011 | By Lee Perryman |

NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden Jr. will address a National Press Club luncheon on July 1, one week before the final scheduled space shuttle launch.

He will discuss America's continued commitment to leadership in human spaceflight and NASA's plans to extend human presence beyond low-Earth orbit.

Bolden has flown aboard the space shuttle four times between 1986 and 1994, twice as commander. His flights included deployment of the Hubble Space Telescope and the first joint U.S.-Russian shuttle mission, which featured a cosmonaut as a member of his crew.

Read more

Journalist, author to discuss jailing, Mideast turmoil, democracy in Iran, 10 am June 16

June 8, 2011 | By Peter Hickman |

Iranian-Canadian journalist, filmmaker and former Newsweek reporter Maziar Bahari will recount his 118 days in a six-by-12-foot prison cell in Tehran's Evin prison at a Newsmaker at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 16.

Bahari, author of "Then They Came for Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity and Survival," was falsely accused of espionage by the Iranian government. He also will discuss today's Middle East turmoil and the possibility of a democratic Iran.

Read more