National Press Club

Panel to describe Merriman Smith and the 'Glory Days' of UPI Thursday, Nov. 17

October 26, 2016 | By Gilbert Klein |

In the 1960s UPI and AP fought head to head for every second of every story. No one epitomized that competition more than Merriman Smith, who served as UPI’s White House correspondent from the Franklin Roosevelt administration through Richard Nixon.

The National Press Club History and Heritage Committee will present a program on Smith and UPI’s "Glory Days" at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, in the Club’s conference rooms.

Tickets are $5 for Club members, $10 for nonmembers and free for students. Reservations can be made online.

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Wall Street Journal reporter Jay Solomon discusses latest book, “The Iran Wars,” Nov. 29

October 23, 2016 | By Lindsay Underwood |

Jay Solomon, chief foreign affairs correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, will discuss his latest book, "The Iran Wars: Spy Games, Bank Battles, and the Secret Deals That Reshaped the Middle East," at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, at the National Press Club.

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Update-1 podcast interviews Cenk Uygur of the millennial-oriented online news network Young Turks

October 21, 2016 | By Adam Konowe |

Millennials are the first generation of news consumers to receive most of their news content online. As legacy media organizations continue to adjust their platforms to effectively reach millennials, a news organization that solely targets this generation has grown into the largest online news organization in the world.

The Young Turks began as the first show on Sirius Satellite Radio in 2002 and now boasts an online news network of more than 30 channels with more than 4 billion views on YouTube.

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Voting rights advocate, author urges uninspired electorate to get to the polls

October 19, 2016 | By Emily Wilkins |

Gloria J. Browne-Marshall has a message for all the undecided voters out there who complain they are not inspired by Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump: Take a lesson from African-American men who voted in 1870 and exercise your power.

African-Americans “voted in 1870,” Browne-Marshall said Oct. 18 at a National Press Club Book Rap. “Do you think there was anyone there who cared about the African-American voice?”

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Education Secretary John B. King explores preparing children for citizenship, Oct. 19 luncheon

October 17, 2016 | By Debra Silimeo |

As Americans prepare to elect officials at all levels of government, Education Secretary John B. King will speak about the importance of civic engagement as a cornerstone of democracy and the role of schools at an Oct. 19 National Press Club luncheon.

He will address the role schools play in preparing children to become adults who are active citizens.

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EPA Administrator McCarthy to speak at Nov. 21 luncheon

October 16, 2016 | By Lindsay Underwood |

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy will speak at a National Press Club luncheon on Nov. 21.

Under McCarthy's leadership, the EPA helped penalize Volkswagen for cheating on diesel emissions, promoted a sweeping federal rule to cut carbon dioxide emission from power plants and played an active role in implementing international climate agreements.

McCarthy also admitted that EPA placed too much trust in Michigan's Department of Environmental Quality, the main culprit for the Flint water crisis.

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Washington Metro GM Paul Wiedefeld to headline Nov. 30 luncheon

October 16, 2016 | By Pat Host |

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) General Manager Paul Wiedefeld will address the state of Metro at a National Press Club luncheon on Wednesday, Nov. 30.

Wiedefeld is entering a challenging time as he fights off bankruptcy while responding to safety and service issues with sometimes hostile jurisdictional masters and a beleaguered governing structure.

Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. EDT with remarks beginning at 1:00 p.m., followed by a question and answer session ending at 2 p.m.

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Update-1 Podcast Covers the Future of Journalism Education

October 10, 2016 | By Adam Konowe |

In a Update-1 podcast, National Press Club member Scott Maucione talks with University of Maryland journalism professor Sean Mussenden about the modern media landscape. They discuss how journalism education keeps pace with a rapidly changing industry.

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Dorie Greenspan’s New Cookbook to launch at Fourth Estate Friday, Oct. 28

October 6, 2016 | By Susan Delbert |

Renowned cookbook author, Dorie Greenspan (“At My French Table,”” Baking Chez Moi”) is publishing her new cookie-centric cookbook, “Dorie’s Cookies,” the last week of October. The Fourth Estate is throwing a launch party/wine dinner on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, hors d’oeuvres starting at 6:30 p.m.; dinner at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $80 per person, $155 per couple, with a 15% discount for members. A copy of the book (one per couple) is included in the price. Register here.

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Panel to probe US. president's potential to affect press freedom by law or practice Wednesday, Oct. 12

October 6, 2016 | By Rachel Oswald |

An all-star panel of journalists and lawyers will plumb the depths of the power of a president to affect press freedom at a Wednesday Oct. 12 evening event at the National Press Club.

Sponsored by the club's Press Freedom Committee and Journalism Institute, the discussion will take place from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m, preceded by a 6 p.m. reception. Attendance is $5 for club members and $10 for the public. Tickets can be purchased here.

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