National Press Club

Book Rap on McGrory biography by John Norris rescheduled for Thursday, Oct. 15

October 8, 2015 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver |

John Norris, author of a biography of legendary journalist Mary McGrory, will appear at an National Press Club Book Rap on Thursday, Oct. 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Conference Rooms.

Club member Dan Balz plans to interview Norris.

The Book Rap for Mary McGrory: The First Queen of Journalism was rescheduled because it originally conflicted with the pope’s visit to Washington. Tickets for the original date are still good for Oct. 15.

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Tickets to Oct. 15 Ifill dinner available through Oct. 12

October 6, 2015 | By Julie Schoo |

Michele Norris, host and special correspondent at National Public Radio, Dan Balz, chief correspondent at The Washington Post, and broadcast journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault, will headline the guest list to honor acclaimed journalist Gwen Ifill, moderator and managing editor of "Washington Week" and co-anchor and managing editor of the "PBS NewsHour", when she accepts the National Press Club’s most-prestigious prize, the Fourth estate Award, at a Club dinner Thursday, Oct. 15.

The deadline for ordering tickets is Oct. 12.

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Constitutional law expert to explain affirmative action case's return to the Supreme Court Tuesday, Oct. 27

October 6, 2015 | By Herb Perone |

Constitutional law expert and litigator Andrew M. Grossman will speak at a Newsmakers news conference on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 10 a.m. in the Zenger Room to explain what’s at stake, what to look for at oral argument, and the how the Court is likely to come down in Abigail Fisher's challenge to the University of Texas' affirmative action program.

Fisher’s challenge returns to the Supreme Court, with supporters of racial preferences fearing a major loss. After being denied admission to the University of Texas in 2008, Ms. Fisher filed suit challenging the school’s use of race in admissions.

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American and Japanese mayors to discuss cities' stratagies on climate change Thursday, Oct. 8

October 6, 2015 | By Herb Perone |

Three prominent mayors -- Fumiko Hayashi, of Yokohama, Japan; Ethan Berkowitz, of Anchorage, Alaska; and Martin Walsh, of Boston, Massachusetts -- will discuss how their cities, and many others, are providing solutions to the global climate crisis at a Newsmakers news conference on Thursday, Oct. 8 at 9 a.m. in the Zenger Room.

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Tickets on sale for the 2015 National Press Club "Politicians vs. Press" spelling bee Wednesday, Oct. 21

October 6, 2015 | By Julia Pyper |

Members of Congress will face off against members of the news media in an event moderated by the Scripps National Spelling Bee at 7pm on Oct. 21, 2015. The event, sponsored by Discovery Communications, will also feature a performance by the 90s cover band sensation White Ford Bronco.

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All are welcome to watch the Democratic candidates' debate in the Conference Rooms Tuesday, Oct. 13

October 6, 2015 | By Ruth Mohamed |

The National Press Club will host its third Debate Watch Party of Campaign ’16 on Tuesday, Oct. 13 in the Conference Rooms. With huge TV audiences for these debates so far our events sell out quickly so get your tickets today. This is our first Democratic Debate so we will see some new candidates perform for the first time.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and we will watch some of the pregame and the analysis as well as the debate itself which starts at 9 p.m. on CNN.

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Club podcast features Reuters, McClatchy and Al Jazeera reps discussing multimedia

October 6, 2015 | By Mike Hempen |

The latest addition to the National Press Club podcasts, Update-1, features a panel discussion of their ongoing multimedia efforts by representatives from Reuters, McClatchy and Al Jazeera. Reuters executive digital editor Dan Colarusso talks about Reuters TV, McClatchy national video editor Jon Forsythe explains the company's digital video network and Al Jazeera engagement producer Carmel Delshad discusses AJ+.

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GM and Dominos executives to discuss self-driving cars

October 4, 2015 | By Herb Perone |

Former General Motors Chief Technology Officer Larry Burns and Executive Vice President Lynn Liddle of Domino's Pizza will discuss the future of autonomous vehicles and their implications for businesses and America’s economic security at a Newsmakers news conference on Wednesday Oct. 14, at 10 a.m. in the Bloomberg Room. Energy Security expert Robby Diamond, CEO of Securing America’s Future Energy, will join Burns and Liddle.

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Baltimore mayor to urge presidential candidates to address urban issues at Oct. 7 luncheon

October 2, 2015 | By Jonathan Salant |

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will discuss the U.S. Conference of Mayors' Baltimore Compact -- an agenda that mayors want to put before the 2016 presidential candidates -- at a National Press Club luncheon Oct. 7.

Rawlings-Blake, whose city was hit by riots following the death of Freddie Gray in April, will appear shortly after the conference's leadership meeting, where they will develop the agenda.

The city on Sept. 22 announced a $6.4 million civil settlement with Gray's family.

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Playwright to explore ongoing influence of author Edna Ferber, noon Oct. 7

October 2, 2015 | By Janice Law |

Playwright Julie Gilbert, grand niece of Pulitzer Winner Edna Ferber, author of the novel “Giant” (1952), will discuss her Great Aunt Edna at noon Wednesday, Oct. 7, in the McLendon Room.

National Press Club member Janice Law founded the nonprofit American Women Writers National Museum, which is sponsoring the free event that is open to Club members and the public.

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