National Press Club

Watch the debate with your pals (and themed drinks) at the NPC, Oct. 28

October 26, 2015 | By Ruth Mohamed |

The National Press Club will host its 4th Debate Watch Party of the 2016 campaign at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 in the conference rooms. Tickets will be $10 for Club members and $15 for non-members.

You can make an evening of it by making a dinner reservation at the Reliable Source or Fourth Estate restaurants before the event begins.

Both locations will be serving drink specials for $6 each:

The Rand – Bourbon and branch water
The Rubio – Cuba Libre
The Cruz – Canadian Club
The Huckabee – Diet Coke

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Panel of experts in field discuss right to photograph in air and on ground

October 23, 2015 | By Noel St. John |

Legal experts, law enforcement and photographers agree: the law has not kept pace with changing photographic technology.

Seven industry professionals convened in the National Press Club's Zenger Room on Oct. 20 for a lively discussion of the rights and boundaries of photography on the ground and in the air at a special event sponsored by the Photography Committee. Mickey Osterreicher, general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association, moderated the panel.

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Menu announced for Hemingway-inspired cocktail party, Nov. 5: Daiquiris, martinis and more

October 22, 2015 | By Donna Leinwand Leger |

From daiquiris to martinis to Gregorio's Rx, experience Ernest Hemingway's favorite cocktails, made to his exacting specifications, at a special food and drink event Thursday, Nov. 5 at the Fourth Estate Restaurant.

Noted Hemingway scholar and cocktail specialist Philip Greene will guide diners through an evening of food and libations interspersed with tales of the legendary writer, world traveler, journalist and sportsman's favorite watering holes.

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International correspondents: Learn how to protect yourselves, Monday, Nov. 9

October 22, 2015 | By Tam Harbert |

A panel of foreign correspondents and representatives from news organizations will discuss protection for freelance foreign correspondents Monday, Nov. 9, from 7 8:30 p.m. in the Conference Rooms.

As more news organizations close down foreign bureaus, reporting from conflict zones is falling to freelance journalists more than ever before. What do you need to know to report effectively and also protect yourself? What are news organizations doing to protect their freelance correspondents?

The panel will include:

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This week in National Press Club history: Which candidate for the Reform Party spoke at the club in 1996?

October 22, 2015 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein |

This Week In National Press Club History

Oct. 19, 1973: Walter Cronkite, member of the National Press Club since 1948, receives the National Press Club’s first Fourth Estate Award. In 2015, Gwen Ifill, co-host of the PBS NewsHour, joins the distinguished recipients of the Club’s most prestigious award, including Eric Sevareid, Herb Block, Flora Lewis, Brian Lamb and Mary McGrory.

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Amtrak chief Joseph Boardman to address railway congestion problems, Oct. 26

October 21, 2015 | By David Hodes |

Amtrak President and CEO Joseph Boardman will address congestion issues facing the passenger rail service and the recommendations of the Chicago Gateway Initiative Blue Ribbon Panel, which recently completed a year-long study of the Chicago rail gridlock situation, at a National Press Club Newsmakers news conference at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 26 in the Bloomberg Room.

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Podcast interview with C-SPAN founder Brian Lamb explores nexus with National Press Club

October 18, 2015 | By Mike Hempen |

It was October 1980 when CSPAN founder Brian Lamb, who was working out of the National Press Club's first broadcast studio, took a call on the air from a viewer in Yankton, S.Dak., marking the start of the first national regularly scheduled call-in show in television broadcasting history.

In this edition of Update-1, Lamb talks about that event and C-SPAN's involvement with the Press Club over the years with former NPC President Mark Hamrick, now the chairman of the Broadcast Committee.

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Lawmakers vs. Journalists: Which word nerds will prevail in the Press Club Spelling Bee on Oct. 21?

October 18, 2015 | By Julia Pyper |

Lawmakers and Washington journalists will go head to head at 7 p.m. on Oct. 21 for that most American of showdowns: A spelling bee.

Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Register here.

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Press freedom panel to cover when and where photographers have right to shoot Tuesday, Oct. 20

October 18, 2015 | By Al Teich |

The proliferation of cellphone cameras, a heightened sensitivity by law enforcement authorities to being photographed and several well-publicized incidents have brought the right to photograph in public into sharp focus.

The National Press Club's Photography Committee, in collaboration with the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), will hold a panel discussion on "The Right to Photograph and Record on the Ground and in the Air" on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. The session will be held in the Broadcast Center, Studio A, on the fourth floor.

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Emmer and Demirjian to compete in the spelling bee Wednesday, Oct. 21

October 16, 2015 | By Julia Pyper |

Representative Tom Emmer, R-Minn., will join the team of lawmakers on stage at the 2015 National Press Club "Politicians vs. Press" spelling bee on Wednesday, Oct. 21.

Emmer, who took office earlier this year, was a competitive hockey player in college. He'll show how well he fares in a spelling contest alongside Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-Pa., Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., Rep. Brad Ashford, D-Neb and Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Az.

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