National Press Club

Environmental activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Maathai, 2005 NPC luncheon speaker, dies of cancer

September 27, 2011 | By Donna Leinwand Leger and Elizabeth Smith Brownstein |

Kenyan environmental activist Wangari Muta Maathai, the first African woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, died of cancer Sunday in a hospital Nairobi. She was 71.

Maathai, who founded the Green Belt Movement in 1977 to protect and revitalize Kenya's forests, spoke at the National Press Club on May 14, 2005, shortly after winning the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize.

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Indiana Gov. Daniels introduces new book, 6:30 pm tonight

September 26, 2011 | By Nicole Hoffman |

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels plans to discuss his new book, "Keeping the Republic: Saving America by Trusting Americans," at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, in the conference rooms.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. Proceeds benefit the Eric Friedheim National Journalism Library. No outside books will be permitted. The event is free for members and $5.00 for non-members.

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Family Research Council's Perkins on "values voters": What do they want in a presidential candidate? 9 a.m. Sept. 27

September 22, 2011 | By Tony Gallo |

Tony Perkins, Family Research Council(FRC) president, will explain what “values voters” want in a presidential candidate at a National Press Club Newsmaker at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27.

In early October, the Council's political advocacy arm, FRC Action, will host most of the major candidates for the Republican presidential nomination as speakers on the subject of family values in the 2012 election.

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UN agency accused of 'exploiting' Palestinian refugees, 'enabling' Hamas

September 20, 2011 | By Peter Hickman |

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees in the Middle East is not doing the job for which it was created, according to two experts who spoke at a Sept. 19 Newsmaker.

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Singer Natalie Cole leads fight against Hepatitis C, Oct. 19 luncheon

September 20, 2011 | By Melissa Charbonneau |

Grammy-award winning entertainer Natalie Cole, daughter of singing legend Nat King Cole, will address a National Press Club luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 19.

Cole, diagnosed with chronic Hepatitis C in 2008, is lending her voice to Merck and the American Liver Foundation’s national public health initiative, Tune In to Hep C.

Cole will visit Washington to meet with leading patient advocates and encourage others to take action against chronic Hepatitis C.

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Ken Burns to call for civility in politics, discuss “Prohibition” film at Oct. 3 luncheon

September 19, 2011 | By Melissa Charbonneau |

Filmmaker Ken Burns, director and producer of such documentaries as "The Civil War" and "The National Parks" is expected to call for a national discourse on civility during a discussion of his new Public Broadcasting System series, "Prohibition," at a National Press Club luncheon, Monday, Oct. 3.

Burns plans to address lessons learned from the rise and fall of the 18th Amendment, which prohibited the sale of alcohol, and the relationship between civility and democracy in American history.

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A White House slice? Cain to address Oct. 31 luncheon

September 19, 2011 | By Donna Leinwand Leger |

Herman Cain, former Godfather's Pizza chief executive and candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, will address a National Press Club luncheon on Monday, Oct. 31.

Cain said in a recent Republican debate that he'd bring a sense of humor to the White House because "America is too uptight." Cain will discuss why he thinks his skills as a businessman make him the best choice for president.

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

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Last Day to register for 'Using Research to Guide Your Advocacy Strategy'

September 14, 2011 | By Joshua Funk |

Using opinion research to unlock the key to winning your advocacy effort is the subject of a Get PR Smart Workshop, "Using Research to Guide Your Advocacy Strategy," scheduled for Friday, Sept. 16 at 9 a.m. in the Fourth Estate Restaurant at the National Press Club.

The cost for the 90-minute session in the "Get PR Smart" series is $45 for Club members and $55 for non-members. To obtain the code for the NPC member discount, please contact Joshua Funk at To see a calendar of the series and register, please visit

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NPC schedules social media classes for Sept. 28, Sept. 29, Oct. 19, Oct. 20

September 14, 2011 | By Beth Shankle |

The National Press Club plans to offer classes on social media Sept. 28, Sept. 29, Oct. 19 and Oct. 20.

Each class is one hour and 15 minutes. Sign up for as many as will fit your schedule. The fee is $25 per class for NPC members and $50 per class for non-members. Register at or by contacting Beth Shankle at or 202-662-7509.

The classes will be held in the 13th floor Bloomberg Center for Electronic Journalism next to the library.

Sept. 28 and Oct. 19:

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

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National Press Club’s Book Fair & Authors’ Night names Jim Lehrer honorary chairman

September 12, 2011 | By Barbara Bird |

The National Press Club’s Book Fair & Authors’ Night has chosen Jim Lehrer of the Public Broadcasting System as honorary chairman.

The NPC Book Fair is scheduled for Nov. 15 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at the Club.

Nearly 100 authors are expected to participate in the Club's premier literary event of the holiday season.

"Whether you are looking for a political memoir, cookbook, biography, children's work or a coffee table volume, you will find it's a great place to start your holiday shopping and have the opportunity to win exciting raffle prizes," said Barbara Bird, Book Fair chair.

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