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National Press Club

Remember when the first woman Club president was sworn in?

December 11, 2016 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein |

President Ronald Reagan administered the oath of office in 1982 when Vivian Vahlberg was sworn in as the National Press Club's first woman president. At the time, female journalists had only been allowed as members for 11 years. Since Vahlberg's inauguration, eight women presidents have followed in her footsteps.

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Wednesday's Newmaker to focus on sanctuary cities

December 11, 2016 | By Tony Gallo |

The practice of some U.S. cities to protect unauthorized immigrants from federal immigration authorities is the topic of a National Press Club Newsmaker at noon on Wednesday.

The speakers will be Jessica Vaughan of the Center for Immigration Studies and William Stock of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. The event will take place in the Bloomberg Room.

Vaughan said so-called sanctuary cities present a significant public safety problem as more than 15,000 criminal aliens that U.S. Customs and Immigration sought to deport were instead released into the general population.

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Inaugural committee official joins panel on covering ceremony, parade, 9:30 am Dec. 13

December 9, 2016 | By Herb Jackson |

Alex Stroman, deputy director of communications for the 2017 Presidential Inaugural Committee, will join the directors of the Senate daily press and periodical press galleries to discuss credentialing to cover the Inaugural Ceremony and related events at a National Press Club Journalism Institute panel at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13.

The program is $5 for Club members and $10 for others. Registration is required.

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Club member Jason Rezaian signs deal for book about Iranian imprisonment

December 8, 2016 | By William McCarren |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 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 |

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 |

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 |

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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