National Press Club

Richard Hottelet, member of vaunted Murrow Boys, to be honored at Club awards dinner, Aug. 10

August 5, 2011 | By Michael Freedman and Will Lester |

On a night when the National Press Club is honoring some of the best journalism being done today, it will also pay tribute to one of the pioneers of broadcast journalism.

Richard Hottelet, now 93, was hired by Edward R. Murrow of CBS News as preparations for D-Day got under way in 1944. At 26 years old, he became a member of the vaunted Murrow Boys, the group of journalists credited with helping invent broadcast news.

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Space exec to discuss what comes after the shuttle at Sept. 29 luncheon

August 5, 2011 | By Lee Perryman |

Elon Musk, chief executive of Space Exploration Technologies Corp., will discuss the future of space flight at a National Press Club luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 29.

The company, widely known as SpaceX, develops rockets and space exploration vehicles and has a contract with NASA to replace the cargo-transport function of the space shuttle.

Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m., with the speech beginning at 1 p.m. and ending at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $18 for Club members, $29 for their guests and $36 for general admission.

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Juan Williams recounts NPR dismissal, introduces new book

August 5, 2011 | By Eleanor Herman |

Former NPR political analyst Juan Williams was devastated when the public radio network fired him earlier this year over comments he made on a Fox News program about feeling uncomfortable when he sees Muslims on a plane.

"I was totally knocked out, stunned," he told a National Press Club audience on Aug. 3. "NPR was a big institution against one individual, and I wasn't sure how they were going to spin it."

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GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul to address Oct. 5 luncheon

August 3, 2011 | By Danny Selnick |

Texas Rep. Ron Paul, who is campaigning for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, will address a National Press Club luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 5.

Paul is often referred to as the "intellectual godfather" of the Tea Party movement.

Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m., with the speech beginning at 1 p.m. and ending at 2 p.m. The event is limited to National Press Club members and their guests.

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Graham's book casts Saudi Arabia as central 9/11 character

August 3, 2011 | By Joe Motheral |

Former Sen. Bob Graham asserts in his new thriller, "Keys to the Kingdom," that Saudi Arabia had more to do with the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists attacks than has been revealed.

“I’m upset that these facts have been withheld from the American people,” Graham said on Aug. 1, as he discussed his latest novel at a National Press Club event. “Osama bin Laden saw the (Saudi) king and said he would lead a revolution in Saudi if the king didn’t agree.” Graham believes the king capitulated.

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Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani to address luncheon, Sept. 6

August 1, 2011 | By Donna Leinwand Leger |

Former two-term New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who received international recognition for his leadership after the September 11 terrorist attacks, will address a National Press Club luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Giuliani will assess where U.S. security stands as the 10-year anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon approaches.

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Port Authority prepares memorial plaza for 9/11 anniversary

July 27, 2011 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver |

Ten years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is preparing to open the 9/11 memorial plaza at Ground Zero, said Chris Ward, executive director of the Port Authority, at a Newsmakers event at the National Press Club July 26.

President Barack Obama will join New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at the 10th anniversary event opening the plaza, which contains trees, reflecting pools and waterfalls in the footprint of the two towers. It also displays the names of those who died.

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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to address Oct. 13 luncheon

July 20, 2011 | By Sylvia A. Smith |

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will discuss distracted driving and other transportation issues at a National Press Club luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 13.

Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. The speech beginning at 1 p.m. and end at 2 p.m.

Tickets cost $18 for Club members, $29 for guests of members, and $36 for general admission. To reserve tickets, please e-mail or call 202-662-7501. Tickets must be paid for at time of reservation.

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Broadcast news legend, author Tom Brokaw to address Nov. 3 luncheon

July 20, 2011 | By Alicia Mundy |

Former NBC anchor Tom Brokaw, author of the blockbuster “The Greatest Generation,” will discuss his new book at a National Press Club luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 3.

Brokaw will talk about “The Time of Our Lives: Past, Present, Promise,” a broad view of how American life has changed since the Great Depression and how to foster America's future.

Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. with the speech beginning at 1 p.m. and ending at 2 p.m.

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Security concerns, legal-system weaknesses confront U.S. business in Iraq

July 18, 2011 | By Tejinder Singh |

Abundant opportunities in post-war Iraq are being missed by American companies because of security concerns, according to experts who addressed a Club Newsmaker event on July 13.

Susan Hamrock-Mann, director of the Iraq Reconstruction Task Force at the Dept. of Commerce, said that investing in Iraq is "not for the weak of heart" and that the “market is extremely challenging.”

Hamrock-Mann said that the nascent Iraqi government is “not accustomed to world class procurements,” while there is an “underdeveloped legal system.”

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