National Press Club

Walter Cronkrite's son to join author of 'Assignment to Hell' May 22

May 6, 2012 | By Nicole Hoffman

Author Timothy Gay and Chip Cronkite, son of Walter Cronkite, will discuss the book, “Assignment to Hell: The War Against Nazi Germany with Correspondents Walter Cronkite, Andy Rooney, A.J. Liebling, Homer Bigart, and Hal Boyle,” at a National Press Club Book Rap Tuesday, May 22, at 6:30 p.m.

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NPC Newsmakers plans examination of U.S.-Latin America relationship, May 10, 10 a.m.

May 3, 2012 | By Patti Giglio |

The National Press Club Newsmakers Committee has invited Daniel Linsker, an authority on Latin America, to discuss the future of U.S. and Latin America relations on Thursday, May 10 at 10 a.m.

With the Asian economies set to overtake the U.S. and the European Union as Latin America’s top trading partner, is the U.S. set to lose its regional influence? How will this affect U.S. business prospects and the geopolitical balance of power in the region, at a time when its commodities are increasingly attractive?

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NPC invites Herring of 'Charlie Wilson's War' to outline Afghanistan peace initiative

May 1, 2012 | By Myron Belkind |,

Joanne Herring, who worked with the late Rep. Charlie Wilson, D-Texas, to urge the U.S. government to militarily support the Mujahideen to fight the Soviets in Afghanistan 30 years ago, plans to return to the war-torn country in August to start a new campaign -- to wage a peace offensive by fighting poverty in northern Herat province.

She plans to outline her initiative in a speech at the National Press Club at an event organized by the International Correspondents Committee at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, in the First Amendment Lounge.

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NPC Journalism Institute prepares Media Law 101 seminar

May 1, 2012 | By Julie Schoo |

Defamation. False light. Actual malice. Those terms likely are familiar to journalists and communicators but for those somewhat removed from their college education, the details of how to avoid such charges may be a distant memory. It's time for a refresher course.

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AP executive Tom Curley, LSU provost plan Book Rap about WWII censorship, May 9

May 1, 2012 | By Nicole Hoffman |

Tom Curley, president and chief executive of the Associated Press, and John Maxwell Hamilton, executive vice-chancellor and provost of Louisiana State University, plan to discuss the book Ed Kennedy’s War: V-E Day, Censorship, and the Associated Press, at 6:30 p.m. on May 9 in the conference rooms.

Reservations are required for the event, which commemorates V-E Day, and may be made at or by calling 202-662-7523.

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National Press Club, Washington Press Club merge in 1985

April 30, 2012 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein |

This Week In National Press Club History

April 29, 1985: The Washington Press Club and the National Press Club merge after a long struggle.

Women journalists had formed their own club in 1919 as the Women’s National Press Club. When the WNPC admitted men in 1971, it became the Washington Press Club.

April 30, 2010: Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announces at a luncheon that women will now be assigned to serve aboard submarines, “the absolutely right thing to do.”

May 1, 1950: Volume One of The Record is released, the first regularly published Club newsletter.

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Journalism Institute prepares seminar series to crunch numbers into prize-winners

April 30, 2012 | By Mike Soraghan |

The National Press Club Journalism Institute is proud to announce its Data-Powered Journalism Series. The Institute's Professional Development Committee has organized a series of training sessions on how spreadsheets and databases can add a valuable new dimension to Washington reporting.

The sessions will be divided into three classes, starting May 29. Admission is $5 for members, $25 for non-members. Space is limited, so please reserve early. To sign up, click here.

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NPC plans seminar on 'Social Media Trends for Social Media Managers' June 12 at noon

April 27, 2012 | By Nicole Hoffman |

Have you heard about ambient social recommendation applications? What about the latest social discovery tools?

The National Press Club is planning a Webbmedia Group workshop for social media managers featuring the most important trends in networks, analytics and apps. Attendees will look at several case studies highlighting how brands are using – and in some cases, abusing – social media.

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Dodd-Frank regulator prepares National Press Club luncheon speech for May 15

April 25, 2012 | By Rod Kuckro |

Gary Gensler, chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and a key implementer of the sweeping Dodd-Frank financial reform law, plans to speak at a National Press Club luncheon on May 15.

Tickets are $19 for Press Club members, $30 for their guests and $37 for general admission. To reserve tickets please email or call 202-662-7501. Credentialed press may cover this event with proper ID.

The luncheon will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. and Gensler’s remarks will begin at 1 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session ending at 2 p.m.

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Bib up for Tonight's Lobster Night

April 25, 2012 | By Susan Delbert |

Join us for steamed 1¼ pound lobsters at Lobster Night in the National Press Club's Fourth Estate restaurant tonight, Wednesday, April 25.

The cost is $25 for Press Club members and their guests, $30 for non-members.

Lobsters are served with a choice of oven-roasted potatoes or fries, and coleslaw or green salad.

Diners are seated from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Reservations are required 24 hours in advance but some lobsters may be available for walk-in diners. Call 202-662-7638 or email

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