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Club member Jason Rezaian signs deal for book about Iranian imprisonment

December 8, 2016 | By William McCarren | wmccarren@press.org

National Press Club member Jason Rezaian of the Washington Post, who was freed from an Iranian prison in January, recently signed a book deal with Ecco, a division of Harper Collins.

The highly anticipated book, which will recount Rezaian's 18-month imprisonment and analyze the U.S.-Iran nuclear weapons agreement will be the first time the public will hear details of his unique personal story.

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Workshop explains how to cover inauguration, 9:30 am Dec. 13

December 6, 2016 | By Crystal White | cwhite@press.org

Learn how to cover the presidential inauguration at a National Press Club Journalism Institute workshop co-hosted by the National Press Club’s Professional Development Committee at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, in the Murrow Room.

Senate Press Gallery directors will sit on the expert panel to answer questions on being credentialed by the gallery and submitting your application before the Dec. 15 deadline.

Tickets are $5 for Club members and $10 for other journalists. Reservations can be made online.

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“Karma and the Art of Butter Chicken” book launch party and Indian dinner in the Fourth Estate, Dec. 12

December 6, 2016 | By Susan Delbert, Executive Chef | sdelbert@press.org

Engineer turned writer Monica Bhide has just published a novel, “Karma and the Art of Butter Chicken,” and The Fourth Estate restaurant is hosting a launch party and Indian dinner on Monday, Dec. 12.

Hors d’oeuvres will be served starting at 6:30 p.m., with dinner beginning at 7. Single tickets are $80 couple tickets are $155 with a 15% reduction for Club members.. A copy of the book (one per couple) and a compendium of recipes are included in the price.

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Update-1 podcast analyzes 2016 presidential campaign media coverage

December 5, 2016 | By Adam Konowe | adam.konowe@tmpgovernment.com

The latest edition of National Press Club podcast Update-1 focuses on the media’s coverage of one of the biggest upsets in American political history – Donald Trump’s stunning win over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race.

Host Violet Ikonomova talks with Poynter.org managing editor Ben Mullin about whether the reputation of news organizations has taken a hit and how the media can better assess the electorate’s political sentiment. They also discuss what the public thought of the coverage the candidates received throughout the campaign.

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National Press Club history snippet: Members of Indian political dynasty appear at Club

December 5, 2016 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein | eksmithB@verizon.net

1979 National Press Club 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:

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Learn logistics of covering inauguration, 9:30 am Dec. 13

December 2, 2016 | By Herb Jackson | Herbjackson202@gmail.com

With the deadline approaching to apply to be at the Capitol when President-elect Donald J. Trump is sworn in, leaders of two of the U.S. Senate press galleries overseeing credentials will be at the National Press Club this month to discuss logistics and answer questions.

The Dec. 13 program starts at 9:30 a.m. and will be held in the Murrow Room. An RSVP is required. The program costs $5 for Club members and $10 for other journalists.

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Debating the debates on next Kalb Report, 8 pm Dec. 5

December 2, 2016 | By Gil Klein | gilbert.klein@me.com

Is there a better way to run the presidential debates?

Join Marvin Kalb as he hosts 2016 debate moderators Martha Raddatz of ABC News and Chris Wallace of Fox News as well as Presidential Debates Co-Chairs Frank Fahrenkopf and Mike McCurry for a post-election review at 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, in the National Press Club ballroom.

Please plan to arrive several minutes early. Admission is free but seats are limited to one Club member, one guest. Please call the Club’s reservation line at 202-662-7501 and leave your name, the number of people attending and your membership number.

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MGM Resorts CEO to preview local casino at National Press Club, Dec. 2

December 1, 2016 | By Lindsay Underwood | lunderwood@press.org

James Murren, chairman and chief executive of MGM Resorts International, will speak at a National Press Club luncheon on Friday, Dec. 2.

Murren will talk about MGM National Harbor, a $1.4 billion casino scheduled to open on Dec. 8, and offer his perspectives on the travel and tourism industry.

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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Avoid traffic congestion prior to Dec. 1 panel on press and the 2016 presidential election

November 30, 2016 | By Bill McCloskey | bmcclos325@aol.com

Members planning to attend Thursday evening's National Press Club panel discussion on the press and the 2016 presidential election should take note that the annual White House Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is scheduled for the same night.

Historically the White House event has led to rush hour traffic congestion in downtown Washington.

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Industry experts explore consequences of expiration of energy tax credits, 2 pm Nov. 29

November 28, 2016 | By Frank Maisano | frank.maisano@policyres.com

Energy industry officials and advocates will outline the consequences of the expiration of renewable energy tax credits at a National Press Club Newsmaker event at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, in the Zenger Room.

Tax credits for renewable technologies such as geothermal heat pumps, small wind projects and combined heat/power generation are scheduled to end on Dec. 31 unless Congress acts.

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