National Press Club

Presidential candidate Gov. Gary Johnson to address luncheon, August 19

July 15, 2011 | By Rachel Ray |

Gary Johnson, a 2012 Republican presidential candidate, will speak at a National Press Club luncheon on Friday, August 19. Johnson, who served two terms as governor of New Mexico, says he has a record of staying out of the way to allow the private sector to create jobs. During his governorship, New Mexico experienced 11.6% job growth. Johnson also is known for his controversial support for legalizing marijuana.

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Washington Post, Seattle Times, Wall St. Journal, PBS among 2011 National Press Club Award winners

July 11, 2011 | By Will Lester |

The Washington Post won two first-place awards, while The Seattle Times, The Salt Lake Tribune, McClatchy Newspapers and The Wall Street Journal won one apiece in the annual National Press Club journalism awards competition.

PBS was among the broadcast winners. and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting won for their online journalism and outstanding multimedia reporting.

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MacNeil to toast, roast Lehrer at Fourth Estate dinner, Oct. 28

July 11, 2011 | By Pat McMurray |

Longtime PBS NewsHour anchor Jim Lehrer will be “roasted” by Robert MacNeil, his former colleague and co-anchor, at the National Press Club Fourth Estate award dinner honoring Lehrer on Oct. 28.

MacNeil sat behind the anchor’s desk with Lehrer at the original NewsHour program, named the “MacNeil/Lehrer Report,” starting in 1976. It became the NewsHour when it was expanded to an hour in 1983.

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Social media classes offered July 7, 8; August 17, 18

July 6, 2011 | By Beth Shankle |

Classes on social media will be offered Thursday, July 7, Friday, July 8, Wednesday, August 17, and Thursday, August 18. Each class is one hour and 15 minutes.

Sign up for as many as fit your schedule. The fee is $25 per class for National Press Club members and $50 per class for non-members. The classes will be held in the 13th floor Bloomberg Center for Electronic Journalism next to the library.

July 7 and August 17:

9:30 to 10:45 a.m. - Social Media Tools

11 a.m. to 12:15p.m. - Advanced Google Search Techniques

1:30 to 2:45 p.m. - Twittering Away

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Nuclear Regulatory Commission chairman to discuss lessons of Japanese disaster, July 18 luncheon

June 28, 2011 | By Rod Kuckro |

Gregory Jaczko, chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, will address a National Press Club luncheon on Monday, July 18.

Jaczko will talk about lessons learned by the nuclear power industry in the aftermath of Japan’s March 11 Fukushima nuclear disaster, which stands as the most serious nuclear accident since the Chernobyl meltdown in 1986. The NRC is scheduled to meet on July 19 to consider a report on the Fukushima disaster and how it pertains to the U.S. nuclear industry.

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Executive director of National Gay and Lesbian Task Force to address equality issues, 10 am June 28

June 27, 2011 | By Anthony E. Gallo |

Rea Carey, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, will talk about efforts to pass the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act and other legislation to advance equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people at a National Press Club Newsmaker at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 28, in the Lisagor Room.

Carey will discuss how the task force is working with allies and across movements to achieve equality.

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ASNE's Paulson to give "State of the First Amendment" on July 12

June 22, 2011 | By Melinda Cooke |

The First Amendment Center, in partnership with the National Press Club, Freedom Forum and the American Society of News Editors, will release results of its 2011 State of the First Amendment Survey on Tuesday, July 12, at noon in the National Press Club Conference Rooms.

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Former Florida Senator Bob Graham to discuss his new thriller, Aug. 1

June 22, 2011 | By Larry Lipman |

Former Sen. Bob Graham, D-Fla., who chaired the joint House-Senate Intelligence Committees’ inquiry into the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, draws on that knowledge to pose plausible answers to some of the inquiry’s unresolved questions in an action thriller entitled Keys to the Kingdom.

Graham will discuss his novel at an Aug. 1 book rap in the Conference Rooms beginning at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are required at This event is free for NPC members and $5 for all non-members. Copies of the book will be available for purchase, for $26, and signing at the event.

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Marvin, Deborah Kalb explore Vietnam legacy, new book, 6 pm June 24

June 22, 2011 | By Julie Schoo |

Marvin and Deborah Kalb, authors of Haunting Legacy: Vietnam and the American Presidency from Ford to Obama, will discuss their book at an event moderated by Ted Koppel at 6 p.m. Friday, June 24, in the ballroom.

Please reserve at, or (202) 662-7523.

The United States had never lost a war - that is, until 1975, when it was forced to flee Saigon and abandon South Vietnam to a victorious communist army.

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Short film "Scenes from the Suburbs" to be shown June 30

June 20, 2011 | By Donna Leinwand |

See Spike Jonze's short film Scenes from the Suburbs at a Young Member screening 7 p.m. June 30 in the Holeman Lounge.

Jonze teamed up with Arcade Fire to create a 30-minute film inspired by the band's critically acclaimed album The Suburbs and its themes of war and coming of age in suburbia.

Co-written by Jonze & Arcade Fire’s Win & Will Butler, this companion piece to the album follows the narrator, living in a suburban dystopia, as he tries to piece together fragmented memories from his teen years.

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