National Press Club

Foreign Service Officer rails against State Dept. for 'money, lives wasted' in Iraq

October 28, 2011 | By Robert Webb |

U.S. Foreign Service Officer Peter Van Buren accused the State Department of wasting millions of dollars in Iraq on projects poorly conceived and seldom finished at an Oct. 27 National Press Club Newsmaker press conference.

"I saw a lot of money and lives being wasted," said Van Buren, whose book, "We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People," has just been published. He was sent to Iraq in 2009.

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Top journalists, authors highlight Politics and Current Affairs section at Club Book Fair, 5:30 pm Nov. 15

October 27, 2011 | By Julie Schoo |

PBS anchor Jim Lehrer will serve as the honorary chair of the National Press Club’s 34th annual Book Fair & Authors’ Night on Tuesday, Nov. 15, from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Lehrer will be one of the authors featured in the Politics and Current Affairs category, along with Pamela Constable, Ronald Suskind and Ann Coulter. Admission to the fair is free for Club members and $5 for non-members.

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Byrd, Bookman celebrate longest Club tenures -- 73 years

October 26, 2011 | By Arthur Wiese |

Seen in hindsight, 1938 seems a very, very long time ago. German troops annexed Austria and invaded Czechoslovakia that year, even as British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain promised "peace in our time."

Thornton Wilder's classic "Our Town" premiered on Broadway, Walt Disney's ground-breaking "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" enthralled movie audiences and Orson Welles' infamous broadcast of "The War of the Worlds" terrified radio listeners.

Oil was discovered for the first time in Saudi Arabia in 1938, the minimum wage was

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Hamrick explores 'digital transition' in Kansas visits, highlights Oct. 24 luncheon speaker, TMZ's Levin

October 20, 2011

Journalism students, practitioners and news consumers are all concerned about the digital transition in the media industry, National Press Club President Mark Hamrick found during a recent visit to his native Kansas and his alma mater, the University of Kansas.

"It became clear to me that the tremendous shifts in technology we're all experiencing are also causing more than just a little stress," Hamrick writes in his latest blog post, which can be found on the Club homepage ( in the From the President's Desk section.

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Volunteers needed for National Press Club's 34th annual Book Fair & Authors' Night

October 14, 2011 | By Joe Luchok |

Volunteers are needed for the 34th annual National Press Club Book Fair scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 15, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Club's ballroom.

If you would like to volunteer for this year's Book Fair, please contact Joseph Luchok, volunteer coordinator, at

Most volunteers work with specific authors to ensure they have their needs met. A few volunteers will be asked to work the entry doors, welcome and direct people from the elevators, and help with other specific areas.

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Tickets selling fast for Natalie Cole luncheon, Oct. 19

October 11, 2011 | By Melissa Charbonneau |

Tickets are limited and nearing sellout for the National Press Club luncheon featuring Grammy-award-winning entertainer Natalie Cole on Wednesday, Oct. 19.

The daughter of crooning legend Nat King Cole, Cole was diagnosed with chronic hepatitis C in 2008. She will speak about the Tune In to Hep C campaign sponsored by the American Liver Foundation.

The singer, songwriter and performer re-recorded many of her father’s standards, including "Unforgettable," which sold more than seven million copies and also won Cole numerous Grammy Awards.

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Molten chocolate cake with bourbon sauce. Need I say more?

October 5, 2011 | By Donna Leinwand Leger |

Fourth Estate Restaurant executive chef Susan Delbert has designed an elaborate gourmet feast to accompany a selection of fine bourbons at a bourbon dinner Tuesday, Oct. 18.

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New national report shows minority students disciplined more harshly, Newsmaker 10 a.m. Wednesday

October 3, 2011 | By Jamie Horwitz |

Daniel Losen, one of the nation’s top experts on school discipline, will release a national study, "Discipline Policies, Successful Schools and Racial Justice" at a Newsmaker press conferenced 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5.

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Satirist Terry Pratchett introduces latest 'Discworld' book, 7 pm Oct. 14

October 2, 2011 | By Emily Whitten |

Terry Pratchett will discuss his latest book, “Snuff: A Novel of Discworld,” at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, in the National Press Club ballroom.

As a fundraiser for the Club’s Eric Friedheim Library, this is a ticketed event. You may purchase tickets and books at The printed receipt will serve as a voucher and must be presented at the event check-in.

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Comic superhero creator Al-Mutawa to screen new animated series, 7 p.m. Thursday

October 2, 2011 | By Tim Young |

The Kuwaiti creator of a the first comic superheroes based on an Islamic archetype will screen highlights from a new animated series and discuss the superheroes at 7 p.m. Oct. 6 in the Murrow Room, or as we like to call it in comic land, the Hall of Justice.

The event, sponsored by the Young Members Committee features Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa, the Kuwaiti clinical psychologist and creator of
comic superheroes known as THE 99. Dr. Al-Mutawa discuss why making it available in the United States is proving to be the greatest challenge of all.

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