National Press Club

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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Former NPC President Bjerga to discuss 'Endless Appetites' Oct. 17

September 12, 2011 | By Julie Schoo |

Alan Bjerga, former president of the National Press Club, will discuss his new book, “Endless Appetites: How the Commodities Casino Creates Hunger and Unrest,” on Monday, Oct. 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the NPC's Holeman Lounge.

In his book, Bjerga details the changes in food supply, demand and trading that have created a new era of price volatility that has caused riots and overthrown governments. From the trading floor of Chicago to the highlands of East Africa to the rice paddies of Thailand, Bjerga takes readers on a global trek to find the causes of the food-price crisis and the solutions.

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Press Building beefs up security for Sept. 11 anniversary

September 9, 2011

Please plan for possible delays from extra security measures being instituted at the National Press Building in the days before and after the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Starting Thursday night, Sept. 8, the building is asking everyone who enters the lobby to provide an ID and to sign in and state their destination.

These measures are expected to cause lines to form at key traffic times, such as morning and noon and when big events are taking place at the National Press Club. People without ID or who refuse to sign in may be turned away by security.

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

September 1, 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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Roemer blasts Obama, GOP contenders for allowing special interest money to corrupt Washington

August 16, 2011 | By Sarah Jones |

Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer, a Republican presidential candidate, said President Barack Obama is the worst example of how politicians allow special interest money to corrupt and influence the political system in Washington.

“Selling important jobs like a third world nation is not good for America," Roemer said during an Aug. 15 Newsmaker. "Both sides do it. I don’t mean to pick on the president. He’s the worst, but both sides do it.”

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Giuliani luncheon on Sept. 6 nearing sellout; reserve tics now

August 15, 2011 | By Donna Leinwand Leger |

Only a few spaces remain for the National Press Club luncheon featuring former two-term New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Giuliani, who received international recognition for his leadership after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, will assess U.S. security as the 10-year anniversary of the strikes on the World Trade Center and Pentagon approaches.

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David Brooks to roast Jim Lehrer at Oct. 28 dinner

August 15, 2011 | By Pat McMurray |

David Brooks, a national columnist and television commentator, will roast Jim Lehrer at the Oct. 28 National Press Club Fourth Estate Award dinner in honor of the longtime host of the PBS NewsHour.

Brooks, a New York Times columnist, provides weekly political analysis and commentary on national campaigns for the NewsHour. Brooks is currently paired with columnist Mark Shields, who will also be among Lehrer's roasters.

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Term 'drone' falling out of favor, not the sky

August 15, 2011 | By Peter Hickman |

Please don't call them drones. The preferred term is Unmanned Vehicle Systems (UVS) -- and they do more than stalk terrorists, a panel of specialists told a Newsmaker audience on Aug. 10.

The experts said that robots on the ground, in the air and in the water have been used not only in military situations but also in helping with environmental and humanitarian disasters, such as the Japanese earthquake and resulting tsunami and nuclear dangers, the Haitian earthquake and the Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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Former Club President Allan Cromley dies

August 10, 2011 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. |

Former National Press Club President Allan Cromley died Aug. 8 after a three-month battle with pneumonia and an esophageal ailment.

Cromley, who led the Club in 1968, established the Silver Owls. He was instrumental in keeping the Club functioning during the upheaval following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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