National Press Club

Last chance to buy Fourth Estate Award dinner tickets

September 13, 2016 | By Crystal White |

There’s still time to purchase tickets for the 2016 Fourth Estate Award dinner. Sales end at the close of business on Thursday.

Join Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide, and others as they toast Wolf Blitzer when accepts the Club’s highest honor at a gala dinner Tuesday.

The Fourth Estate Award recognizes a journalist who has made significant contributions to the field. Blitzer is the 44th recipient of the award.

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Defense secretary to discuss military policy at Thursday Luncheon

September 12, 2016 | By Erik Meltzer |


Secretary of Defense Ash Carter will discuss his concerns with the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act at a Club Luncheon on Thursday. The title of his speech is "Dulling the Edge: How Congress Risks Undermining the Finest Fighting Force the World Has Ever Known”.

Carter said that unless significant changes are made, he’ll recommend President Barack Obama veto the legislation.

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Panel to look at secret money in political campaigns

September 12, 2016 | By Herb Jackson |

The National Press Club Journalism Institute and the club’s Professional Development Committee will look at the secret money that will fund many of the campaign ads that will air between now and Election Day.

The program will be Sept. 13 starting at 6:30 in the Zenger Room of the National Press Club. Admission is $10 for the public, $5 for NPC members. Tickets are required; RSVP using the link here:

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Club to hold legal workshop Sept. 20 for bloggers and freelancers

September 8, 2016 | By Crystal White |

The National Press Club Journalism Institute and the Media Law Resource Center Institute will present a one-day workshop on Tuesday, Sept. 20, aimed at freelancers, bloggers and other independent journalists working without the benefit of a legal department.

Media lawyers will address libel, privacy, newsgathering and the Freedom of Information Act, copyright and digital law, how to protect oneself from lawsuits, and other issues. The session will conclude with a journalists' roundtable including former Club President Donna Leinwand Leger, managing editor for breaking news at USA Today.

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Salt or sugar meat? Douse tomatoes with vodka? Answers coming Oct. 5

September 8, 2016 | By Susan Delbert |

Food expose biochemist Shirley Corriher is returning to the National Press Club on Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 6-7:30 p.m.

The last time Corriher visited the Club, she explained how to make Starbucks coffee drinkable, how to un-glue and why garlic sometimes turns blue. This time, Corriher will join executive chef Susan Delbert to show whether one should sugar rather than salt meat before cooking, whether Parmiagiana Reggiano is the new Viagra and whether to douse tomatoes with vodka before eating.

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Spelling bee returns Sept. 21

September 7, 2016 | By Brian Taylor |

The Club's spelling bee, pitting politicians against journalists, returns Wednesday, Sept. 21.

Doors open at 6 p.m. The competition begins at 7 p.m. Food and drinks will be served.

The 2013 champion, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), leveraged his victory into a vice presidential nomination. The 2015 victor, Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.), will be back to defend his title this year against fellow lawmakers and members of the press.

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There's no debate: Celebrate with former NPC President John Cosgrove

September 7, 2016 | By Gil Klein |

Former Club President John Cosgrove, a member for more than six decades, is holding his “Can’t Wait to be 100” party the same night as the first presidential debate.

The event will take place in the ballroom at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Sept, 26, just hours before Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump square off in the first of three debates. Attendees can then watch the debates at the Club right after Cosgrove's bash.

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NRCC head to discuss 2016 House elections on Thursday

September 6, 2016 | By Bob Weiner |

Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee, will discuss the 2016 House races at a Club Newsmaker Thursday at 10 a.m., in the Zenger Room.

Walden will discuss the House Republicans' strategy to keep control of the chamber, which they won in 2010, and will field questions about individual congressional races.
The NRCC Chair will outline the House Republicans’ strategy, agenda, messaging, targeting, voter outreach, and the ability to keep the House under Republican leadership.

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W. Virginia lawmakers to discuss legislation to protect retired miners' benefits

September 6, 2016 | By Jamie Horowitz |

U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W. Va.) and Rep. David McKinley (R-W. Va.) will discuss legislation designed to protect the pensions and retiree health benefits of retired coal miners at a Club Newsmaker Wednesday.

The even will take place at 10 a.m. in the Zenger Room and comes a day before 10,000 retired miners and their supporters are scheduled to travel to Washington for a rally outside the U.S. Capitol.

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Upcoming National Press Club luncheons

September 6, 2016 | By Lindsey Underwood |

Sept. 8: U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.)
Topic: gun control
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This event will take place in the Holeman Lounge

Sept. 15: U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter
Topic: debate in Congress over House and Senate defense bills
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This event will take place in the Club ballroom.

Oct.3: U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack
Topic: expanding American Agriculture

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