National Press Club

Author to tell FBI terrorism story, 6:30 pm March 28

March 24, 2011 | By Jan King |

Garrett M. Graff will discuss his new book, "The Threat Matrix: The FBI at War in the Age of Global Terror," at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 28th.

Graff, editor of The Washingtonian, has spent more time traveling with FBI Director Robert Mueller than any other journalist.

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Time change: Rolling Stones keyboardist, author Chuck Leavell, 2 pm March 29

March 24, 2011 | By Ron Baygents |

Rock and roll legend Chuck Leavell, longtime keyboardist and musical director for The Rolling Stones, will discuss his new book about sustainable, smart growth, “Growing a Better America,” at a Newsmaker at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, in the First Amendment Lounge.

Leavell, who has played piano for more than 90 major recording artists, is in the midst of recording a CD in tribute to the pioneering blues piano players from whom he derives his musical inspiration.

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Club revises awards rules to reflect multiplatform journalism

March 24, 2011 | By Mike Soraghan |

The National Press Club has changed the rules for its national journalism contest in an effort to assure it keeps pace as the Internet changes how news is gathered, disseminated and defined.

The Club's Board of Governors has revised the "general eligibility" to ensure that good journalism won't get excluded because of its platform. The entry deadline is April 1 (

"This lays out a path for good journalism to be recognized," said board member John Hughes.

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Lobster Night at Fourth Estate, March 30; $25

March 24, 2011 | By Micayla Diener |

Please join us from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, for our monthly Lobster Night at the Fourth Estate Restaurant.

Your dinner, a steamed quarter-pound lobster, is served with drawn butter and a choice of oven-roasted potatoes or fries and coleslaw or green salad.

Cost is $25 for National Press Club members and $30 for non-members.

Dinner reservations are required 24 hours in advance to assure service, but some may be available to walk-in diners. Call 202-662-7638 or email to reserve your spot.

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Fox News contributor, former NPR analyst Juan Williams headlines May 26 luncheon

March 23, 2011 | By Melissa Charbonneau |

Political commentator and Fox News contributor Juan Williams, who was fired by NPR in October after making controversial comments about Muslims, will address a National Press Club luncheon on Thursday, May 26.

Williams has voiced support for current Republican efforts to strip his former employer of its federal funding.

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Journalists compete for laughs, April 1 $15

March 23, 2011 | By Joshua Funk |

Tickets are now on sale for Commedia dell Media III on Friday, April 1, at the National Press Club.

The event will feature 13 esteemed members of the Washington press corps battling to be named D.C.'s Funniest Journalist. Washington Post cartoonist Nick Galifianakis will host and PBS’s Miles O’Brien will headline the show.

Tickets are $15 online ( and $20 at the door. Tickets for the VIP reception are $35 and can only be purchased online. Club members receive a discount. The code can be obtained from Joshua Funk (

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Battle Hymn of Journalism: Event analyzes Civil War's impact on Fourth Estate, 6:30 pm April 11

March 18, 2011 | By Arthur Wiese |

The National Press Club will examine the impact the Civil War had in transforming journalism in the United States -- and worldwide -- when Harold Holzer, one of the world's leading authorities on the political culture of that era and on Abraham Lincoln, addresses a special Book and Author Night at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 11, in the Holeman Lounge.

Not coincidentally, that evening is the eve of the 150th anniversary of the Confederate bombardment of Fort Sumter, S.C. -- the first shots fired in what remains America's bloodiest war.

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Hospital CEO explores health care reform, innovation, 10 am March 31

March 18, 2011 | By Ron Baygents |

Dr. Herbert Pardes, president and CEO of New York-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City, the nation’s largest nonprofit, non-sectarian hospital, will discuss how to achieve health care reform through innovation at a Newsmaker at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 31.

Dr. Pardes will explore the impact of the U.S. health care reform law on academic medical centers and medical advances.

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Photoshop classes scheduled for April 6, 13; $20

March 17, 2011 | By Julie Schoo |

Snap, download -- then what? Sign up now for a hands-on Photoshop workshop next month at the National Press Club.

Beginning Photoshop will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, and intermediate Photoshop will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 13. Participants can attend either session or both.

Participants will need to bring a couple of recent digital photos on a thumbdrive; laptops will be provided or participants may bring their own as long as they have Photoshop software.

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IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman Talks Taxes, April 6

March 17, 2011 | By Suzanne Struglinski |

As Americans are completing their taxes, Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Doug Shulman will address a National Press Club luncheon on April 6.

Shulman, now in his third year of a five-year term, will outline his agenda in a speech entitled “On the Horizon: A Vision for the Future of Our Tax System.”

The 47th IRS commissioner, Shulman is responsible for collecting $2.4 trillion in tax revenues.

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