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Runners mark your calendars: Beat the Deadline 5K on June 9

March 27, 2012 | By Nikki Schwab |

Runners, take your mark _ or at least mark it on your calendars: The NPC's BEAT THE DEADLINE 5K will be run Saturday, June 9, at 7:30 a.m.

The 5K committee is seeking race day volunteers and donations. The race, which is in its 15th year, will once again start in front of the National Press Club and will conclude with a pancake breakfast in the Club's ballroom.

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State Department innovation advisor Ross featured at "Social Media 4 Social Good"; 7 p.m. April 3

March 27, 2012 | By Sarahanne Driggs |

The April 3 session of NPC's "Social Media 4 Social Good" will feature Alec Ross, senior advisor for innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The event begins at 7 p.m.

Foreign Policy magazine last year named Ross a "Top Global Thinker" and Politico in 2010 named her one of 50 Politicos to Watch, describing her as one of “five people who are bringing transformative change to the government.”

At the State Department, Ross leverages new media in innovative ways to address international human rights violations, poverty and diplomacy

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Walczak Award seeks best political writing, analysis; deadline April 1

March 26, 2012 | By Will Lester |

With campaign season in full bloom, the National Press Club will recognize the best of political journalism.

The Lee Walczak Award for Political Analysis recognizes the best in political writing, with an emphasis on the best analysis. This award is named in memory of Lee Walczak, a Washington editor, bureau chief and White House correspondent who worked for Bloomberg News and Business Week. Dan Balz of The Washington Post took top honors last year.

The competition has an online/print category and a prize of $750.

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Rohrabacher and Gohmert to speak on Baluchistan self-determination

March 26, 2012 | By Tejinder Singh |

Republican U.S. Reps. Dana Rohrabacher of California and Louie Gohmert of Texas will speak at a National Press Club Newsmaker press conference at 12 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, in the Zenger Room on the conflicts in Baluchistan.

Rohrabacher, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, in February introduced a resolution calling for self-determination Baluchistan, now one of four Pakistan provinces. Gohmert and Rep. Steve King, R-IA, co-sponsored the bill. For additional information, please contact Tejinder Singh at 202-503-8052.

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Bib Up! It's lobster Wednesday at the Fourth Estate; reserve now

March 25, 2012 | By Susan Delbert |

Nothing says summer like March in Washington and lobster night Wednesday at the National Press Club's Fourth Estate restaurant.

Members pay $25; Non-members $30 for a fresh 1¼-pound Maine Lobster with coleslaw and choice of French fries or oven-crisped new potatoes. Please reserve 24 hours in advance (4 p.m. Tuesday) to a assure a crustacean To reserve, call 202-662-7638. A few lobsters will be available for those without a reservation, by why take your chances!

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NPC Luncheon to feature CFTC Chairman Gary Gensler, April 17

March 25, 2012 | By Rod Kuckro |

Gary Gensler, chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the person at the center of implementing the sweeping and controversial Dodd-Frank financial reform law, will address the National Press Club at a luncheon April 17.

Dodd-Frank, the most comprehensive changes to regulation of financial markets since the Great Depression, has drawn withering criticism for its far-reaching efforts to prevent another financial crisis. Gensler’s agency is at the center of rules surrounding the trading of derivatives and other complex financial instruments.

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Legendary newsman Jim Lehrer headlines next "Kalb Report"

March 25, 2012 | By Gil Klein |

Two legends of television news will share the stage April 2 as Kalb Report host Marvin Kalb interviews PBS pioneer Jim Lehrer about his career contributions to journalism and the state of democratic discourse in today's digital society.

Lehrer developed and hosted The McNeil/Lehrer Report that later became The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. He also has moderated 11 presidential debates.

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Wanted: The year’s best international reporting

March 22, 2012 | By Will Lester |

The National Press Club's annual Journalism Contest is seeking the best international coverage, both in print/online and broadcast, with the Edwin M. Hood Award for Diplomatic Correspondence.

Named for a distinguished diplomatic correspondent for The Associated Press and a founding member of the National Press Club, the award recognizes excellence in reporting on diplomatic and foreign policy issues. The entries must demonstrate an understanding of American foreign policy and how foreign affairs affect those policies.

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Rock & roll photographer O'Neal to appear at Club April 11 to mark opening of lobby exhibit

March 21, 2012 | By Sarahanne Driggs |

Rock & roll photographer Tom Gundelfinger O'Neal will take the lens cap off rock & roll history as he shares the stories of his noted photo career at a program in the Club Ballroom from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11.

The program marks the opening of an exhibit in the Club lobby of photos and album covers by O'Neal. The exhibit will be on view beginning Monday, April 9.

There is no cost to attend. Please reserve your spot by sending an e-mail to Sarah Driggs at

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NPC's Friedenberg Award recognizes top efforts in online journalism

March 20, 2012 | By Will Lester |

The National Press Club is honoring cutting-edge work in online work by those in the news business with one of its newest awards, the Joan M. Friedenberg Online Journalism Award.

The award is among those in the Club's Journalism Contest. Deadline for entering the contest is April 1, so pick your entries and mail them soon! For information about the contest, click here. The prize for the winner is $750.

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