National Press Club

Trump Victory -- What the Media Got Right & Wrong -- Thursday, Dec. 1

November 17, 2016

Panel moderator and Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan, Hillary Clinton campaign reporter Abby Phillip of The Washington Post, Republican National Committee chief strategist and communications director Sean Spicer, NBC News national correspondent Peter Alexander, and former Bill Clinton White House press secretary and Commission on Presidential Debates co-chair Mike McCurry will look back on a truly unprecedented presidential campaign cycle.

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APSA Congressional Fellowship for Journalists – Application Due Monday, Dec. 5

November 17, 2016 | By Suzanne Struglinski, director of membership engagement |

Interested in seeing how Congress works from the inside?

The American Political Science Association will accept applications for its 2017-18 Congressional Fellowship Program through Monday, Dec. 5. According to its website, APSA sponsors this fellowship to “enhance public understanding of policymaking and improves the quality of scholarship, teaching and reporting on American national politics.”

Details and the application can be found online.

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An Evening of Pols, Pundits and Prose – THIS Friday; Dinner available

November 15, 2016 | By Julie Schoo |

You’ll find something for everyone on your literary holiday list at the National Press Club's 39th annual Book Fair & Authors’ Night on Friday, Nov. 18. Children will be delighted with NPC member Deborah Kalb’s time-travel adventure, "The President and Me: George Washington and the Magic Hat," or Mary Quattlebaum’s "National Geographic Kids Chapters: Together Forever; True Stories of Amazing Animal Friendships!"

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Talk Maryland-Georgetown Basketball Excitement with Game Broadcaster Johnny Holliday on Monday Nov. 21

November 15, 2016 | By Bill McCloskey |

Don't you need to ask the Voice of the Maryland Terps what it was like broadcasting Tuesday night's Maryland-Georgetown basketball game inside a raucous Verizon Center? Here's your chance. This event is open to the public.

And, here's what you'll be enjoying before the Q&A sponsored by the National Press Club Broadcast Committee on Monday, Nov. 21 in the Winners Room of the Fourth Estate restaurant.

Appetizer: Caesar salad, romaine lettuce, Parmesan cheese, croutons and house-made dressing (Anchovies available on the side); or Soup du jour

Entrée Choice:

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Wake planned Saturday Dec. 3 for former Press Club President Cosgrove

November 14, 2016 | By Thomas Burr |

The National Press Club will honor the late John Cosgrove, a former NPC president who passed away last month, on Saturday Dec. 3 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. with a reception for Press Club members and his family and friends in the NPC Ballroom.

Cosgrove, who presented President John F. Kennedy his NPC membership card, served his club for decades and was the NPC's longest surviving president. The Board of Governors renamed the newly renovated Games Room as the John Cosgrove Members' Lounge in September.

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Snippets from National Press Club History: Opening Night

November 13, 2016

National Press Club 1979 President Art Wiese was one of the Club's greatest leaders and most ardent supporters. He was responsible for planning much of the reconstruction of the Club during the building renovation in the early 1980s. For years he was a watchdog to assure that the Club maintained its tradition as a safe harbor for journalists and communicators.

In his later years, he put together a series of snippets on the Club's history. In honor of his passing this year, The Wire will run one of them each week. Here's the first:

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Going for the Gold: Monday, Nov. 21 Newsmaker Features Olympic Track Gold Medal Winner with Olympian Father

November 13, 2016 | By Bob Weiner |

What does it take to win the gold medal?

Matthew Centrowitz, who at the Rio Olympic Games this summer became the first U.S. Olympic Gold 1500 meter (the “metric mile”) track winner since 1908, and earlier this year won the World Indoor Championship, and his father, Matt, a two-time Olympian distance runner and cross-country and track coach at American University, will be the featured Newsmakers at the National Press Club on Monday, Nov. 21, at 9:30 a.m., in the Club’s Fourth Estate restaurant.

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Debating the debates on next Kalb Report Monday, Dec. 5

November 13, 2016 | By Gil Klein |

Is there a better way to run the presidential debates? Join host Marvin Kalb as he talks with 2016 debate moderators Martha Raddatz of ABC News and Chris Wallace of Fox News as well as Presidential Debates Commission Co-Chairs Frank Fahrenkopf and Mike McCurry for a post-election review.

The program will be Monday, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. in the Club’s Ballroom. Please plan to arrive several minutes early.

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Newsmaker panels to examine education issues under Trump, new Congress, Nov. 14, 2-4 p.m.

November 10, 2016 | By Jamie Horwitz |

Back-to-back Newsmaker events on Monday afternoon, Nov. 14, at the National Press Club will address how the election of Donald Trump and the Republicans' retention of Congress will affect education policy.

The two events,sponsored by the Club in conjunction with the Education Writers Association, will feature one-hour panel discussions followed by questions from news media, on K-12 and higher education from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., in the Club’s Bloomberg Room.

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TONIGHT: Relive Merriman Smith and UPI's glory days at panel discussion at 6:30 p.m.

November 10, 2016 | By Gil Klein |

No one epitomized the scrappy determination of United Press International in the 1960s than its legendary White House correspondent Merriman Smith. You can relive his extraordinary life and times with people who knew him in a special program at the National Press Club on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 6:30 p.m.

From the Franklin Roosevelt administration through Richard Nixon, Smith had a front row seat at the White House as he battled the Associated Press for every breaking news story.

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