National Press Club

CEO to discuss challenges for business in North Africa, Mideast at Feb. 7 Newsmaker

January 30, 2012 | By Ronald Baygents |

Richard Fenning, chief executive officer of Control Risks, will discuss how the civil unrest of the Arab Spring has affected the way people do business in North Africa and the Middle East. “Planning for low-probability but high-impact events must be part of any sensible strategic forecast,” he said. The Newsmaker begins at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 7, in the National Press Club's Lisagor Room. Contact: Kimberly Mikec,

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How secure are we? DHS Secretary Napolitano delivers "State of America's Homeland Security," Jan. 30 luncheon

January 27, 2012 | By Patti Giglio |

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano delivers the second annual "State of America’s Homeland Security" address at a National Press Club luncheon on Monday, Jan. 30.

Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. with the speech beginning at 1 p.m. and ending at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $19 for 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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Former congressmen Kennedy, Ramstad to discuss mental health issues at March 14 luncheon

January 27, 2012 | By Robert Carden |

Former Reps. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) and Jim Ramstad (R-MN) will discuss the Mental Health Parity Act at a National Press Club luncheon Wednesday, March 14.

Authors of the legislation named after the late Sen. Paul Wellstone, they will talk about the challenges surrounding its implementation. The law prohibits health insurance companies from discriminating against those who have a mental illness.

Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. Remarks will begin at 1 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session ending at 2 p.m.

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Mind-body medicine pioneer Deepak Chopra slated for April 4 luncheon

January 27, 2012 | By Doris Margolis |

Internationally known mind-body physician Deepak Chopra will address the healing power of spirituality at a National Press Club luncheon on April 4.

The event will coincide with publication of his latest book, "Spiritual Solutions: Answers to Life’s Greatest Challenges." Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing immediately following the luncheon.

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Actor Alec Baldwin talks art, politics at April 19 luncheon

January 26, 2012 | By Robert Carden |

Actor and political activist Alec Baldwin will speak about art and politics at a National Press Club luncheon on Thursday, April 19.

Baldwin, perhaps best known for his role as Jack Donaghy on the hit television show "30 Rock," has long been active in progressive political causes.

Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m., with remarks beginning at 1 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session ending at 2 p.m.

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BET Founder Robert Johnson to discuss minority unemployment, wealth gap, 10 am Feb. 1

January 25, 2012 | By Patti Giglio |

Business leader Robert L. Johnson will discuss the wealth gap between white and black Americans during a Newsmaker press conference at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1.

The founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET) will urge CEOs to take a page from the NFL owners’ playbook and adopt a voluntary version of the Rooney Rule to level the playing field for minorities in corporate America.

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Election Coverage Boot Camp: Prepping for polls, 9:30 a.m. Feb. 2

January 25, 2012 | By Julie Schoo |

The National Press Club Journalism Institute and the Regional Reporters Association are kicking off a yearlong series of programs for reporters covering the 2012 campaign with a panel discussion on covering polls at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 2.

Please reserve at

The program will be held in the Club's Bloomberg Training Center. Topics will include:

How campaigns and the media use polls for different purposes

How to read the numbers and find stories that are not in the press release

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Eleanor Herman, King Peggy of Ghana launch new book, 6:30 pm Feb 22

January 25, 2012 | By Nicole Hoffman |

Eleanor Herman and King Peggy of Ghana will discuss their new book "King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village" at a Book and Author event 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22

"King Peggy" chronicles the astonishing journey of an American secretary who suddenly finds herself king of a town of 7,000 souls on Ghana's central coast, half a world away.

Reservations are required for and may be made at or by calling 202-662-7523. This event is free for Club members, $5 for all non-members.

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Figure skating champion Yamaguchi introduces children's book, 2 pm March 10

January 25, 2012 | By Nicole Hoffman |

Figure skating superstar Kristi Yamaguchi will discuss her new children’s book, "It’s a Big World, Little Pig!," at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 10, in the National Press Club ballroom as part of the Club's Book & Author series.

Tickets are free for Club members and $5 for all member guests and non-members. Tickets can be purchased here.

Poppy, the adorable, persistent, dreaming-big pig, has a new adventure in store for her – the World Games ice skating championship in Paris!

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Expert to outline how post-9/11 security threatens photographers' freedom, noon Jan. 25

January 22, 2012 | By Darlene Shields |

Mickey H. Osterreicher, a lawyer and photojournalist, will examine how security precautions in the wake of 9/11 have threatened photographers' freedom at noon Wednesday, Jan. 25 at a joint meeting of the National Press Club Photography and Press Freedom committees in the Murrow Room.

Osterreicher will discuss the tension between the press and government regarding news coverage of matters of public interest.

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