National Press Club

National Press Club to co-sponsor Sunshine Week events March 13 and 14

March 1, 2012 | By Melinda Cooke |

The National Press Club will cosponsor a meeting and a happy hour to mark Sunshine Week. Sunshine Week is a non-profit, non-partisan event celebrated in mid-March each year since 2005 to coincide with James Madison’s birthday on March 16.

On Tuesday, March 13, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the National Press Club's Freedom of the Press Committee and the D.C. Open Government Coalition will present the D.C. Open Government Summit, on the state of government transparency in the District.

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National Press Club Journalism Institute inaugurates golf tournament

February 29, 2012 | By Julie Schoo |

Dust off your golf clubs, organize your foursome and come join other journalists, elected officials and corporate execs at the National Press Club Journalism Institute’s golf invitational tournament. The tournament inaugurates a fundraiser for the non-profit Institute. Golfers will play Friday, April 20, at the Woodmore Country Club in nearby Mitchellville, Maryland with a shotgun start at 10 a.m.

Please help the Institute by inviting others to the launch of an expected annual event.

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Taste Scotch with perfect pairings (There's chocolate!) at 4-course Compass Box dinner, March 5

February 27, 2012 | By Donna Leinwand Leger |

Taste five boutique Scotch whiskies with a perfectly paired four-course dinner at the Fourth Estate's Monday, March 5 dinner featuring artisanal, small-batch Scotch maker Compass Box.

Compass Box is shaking up the whiskey industry with its distinctive, award-winning blends. Diners will have an exclusive opportunity to meet, discuss and taste the Scotch with whisky maker John Glaser, an American who founded Compass Box in 2000.

Diners will taste Asyla, Oak Cross, Peat Monster, Orangerie and Spice Tree during this one-of-a-kind meal.

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Former lobbyist Abramoff, reform leaders Penniman and Gilbert discuss fixing Washington March 5

February 27, 2012 | By Adam Shapiro |

Jack Abramoff, author of the book “Capitol Punishment: The Hard Truth About Washington Corruption From America’s Most Notorious Lobbyist,” for the first time will appear in public with two reform leaders dedicated to repairing the world Abramoff exploited.

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Celebrate your best work by entering the National Press Club journalism contest

February 27, 2012 | By Will Lester |

The National Press Club wants to see examples of the best journalism from 2011 in its annual journalism contest, which includes a new competition for best breaking news coverage.

The breaking news competition will be ncluded with the many categories traditionally offered in the contest. The contest deadline is April 1.

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NPC Events Committee schedules surveillance in America event, March 30th at 7 p.m.

February 23, 2012 | By Havilah R. Ross |

The National Press Club Events Committee presents, “Surveillance in America: Its Ramifications and Proliferations; Their Impact on You and Everyone, Everyday” on Friday, March 30th, 7–9 p.m. in the Holeman Lounge.

The event is free to NPC members and $10 for all guests of members and non-members. Tickets can be reserved and purchased here: NPC members should use the code NPCEyre to reserve their free tickets.

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IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman talks taxes at April 5 luncheon

February 23, 2012 | By Lori Russo |

Douglas Shulman, the 47th commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, plans to discuss the future of the U.S. tax system at a National Press Club Speakers Luncheon on Thursday, April 5.

Tickets cost $19 for Press Club members, $30 for guests of members, and $37 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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NPC schedules TSA's John Pistole to speak at March 5th luncheon

February 23, 2012 | By Andrea Stone |

John Pistole, admiistrator of the Transportation Security Administration, plans to speak on “Counterterrorism, Risk-Based Security, and TSA’s Vision for the Future of Aviation Security" at a National Press Club luncheon on Monday, March 5.

Tickets cost $19 for Press Club members, $30 for guests of members, and $37 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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Amnesty International plans to release Afghanistan report at NPC, Friday, Feb. 24

February 22, 2012 | By Peter Hickman, |

The National Press Club's Newsmakers Committee plans to hold a news conference on Friday, Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. with Amnesty International.

At the event, T. Kumar, director for international advocacy of Amnesty International USA, plans to release and discuss a report on Afghanistan, "Fleeing War, Finding Misery: The Plight of the Internally Displaced in Afghanistan."

About a half-million people have fled the war, with children and women the worst affected, according to the report. In January, 28 children were found frozen to death in a camp in Kabul, the report says.

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Former Governor Ventura urges press to laugh in 1999 visit

February 21, 2012 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein |

This Week In National Club History

February 21, 1999: Ex-wrestler and Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura of the Reform Pary, says third parties are important to the country and the press needs to laugh more.

February 23, 1955: The National Press Club allows women members of the press to sit in the ballroom balcony during speaker luncheons. Sixteen years later, they are admitted to membership in the Club. Actress Julie Harris is one of the first women to cross the threshold of the formerly “Accompanied Male Guests Only” bar.

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