National Press Club

NPC Memorial Service for Bill Hickman, March 18

March 5, 2017

The National Press Club will honor late member Bill Hickman on Saturday, March 18, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The program will be held in the Holeman Lounge with a brief reception following in the First Amendment Lounge.

Hickman, a former journalist, was president and CEO of the National Press Building Corporation from 1981 to 1991 and directed the redevelopment of the National Press Building. He died November 10 of complications from lung cancer.

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Enter Toastmaster's speech contest March 13

March 5, 2017 | By Leslie Kingsley |

Please join the National Press Club Toastmasters Group for its semi-annual speech contest Monday, March 13, at 7 p.m., in the McClendon Room.

Winners will progress to the area contest, then regional, national, and finally – the international contest. No reservation is required and there is no charge to attend.

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Newsmaker plans to examine president’s one trillion infrastructure proposal, March 7

March 5, 2017 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver |

City planners from Washington, New York City, and Philadelphia will name their priorities for using a trillion dollars proposed by President Donald Trump for spending on infrastructure improvements at a National Press Club Newsmaker press conference March 7, at 10 a.m. in the Club’s Bloomberg Room.

This news conference is open to credentialed media and Club members, free of charge. No advance registration is required.

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Open Government Summit, reception to mark Sunshine Week at Club March 14

March 2, 2017 | By Julie Schoo |

Celebrating Sunshine Week 2017, the National Press Club Journalism Institute’s Freedom of the Press Committee will join with the D.C. Open Government Coalition to present the sixth annual D.C. Open Government Summit on Tuesday, March 14, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., in the Club's First Amendment Lounge.

The event is free and open to all, but pre-registration is required here. A reception will follow the program.

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Marvin Kalb to discuss Trump's danger to democracy March 14; screening of 'Good Night and Good Luck' to follow

March 2, 2017 | By Mike Freedman |

Legendary journalist Marvin Kalb, the last correspondent personally hired at CBS News by Edward R. Murrow, will discuss the threats to democracy in the United States being posed by the Trump administration in a commentary at the National Press Club on Tuesday, March 14,at 6:30 p.m. in the Murrow Room.

His remarks will be followed by a screening of the film “Good Night and Good Luck,” which chronicles Murrow’s epic rebuke of Sen. Joseph McCarthy in the 1950s.

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Club, Newsy to host premiere of 'A Woman's Job' series, plus discussion, March 8, 6 p.m.

March 2, 2017 | By Jackie Kasuya |

The National Press Club and the video news network Newsy will host a premiere event and panel discussion of “A Woman's Job” in celebration of International Women’s Day on Wednesday, March 8, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Holeman Lounge.

“A Woman's Job” is a six-episode Newsy Original video series that profiles women who are redefining what it means to build a career in jobs that are traditionally male-dominated.

The event is free, but reservations are required. Register here.

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Have you reported on the elderly? The Club's journalism contest wants your entry

March 1, 2017 | By Will Lester |>

Journalists who have done outstanding work covering the problems of the elderly are encouraged to enter the National Press Club’s annual journalism contest.

One of the contest's awards, The Joseph D. Ryle Award for Excellence in Writing on the Problems of Geriatrics, honors top reporting on aging. Named after Joseph D. Ryle, a longtime National Press Club member, the award carries a prize of $750 for the winner.

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Book Rap to feature Paul Dickson and his new book, "Leo Durocher, Baseball's Prodigal Son," March 22

March 1, 2017 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver |

National Press Club member and baseball historian Paul Dickson will discuss his latest book, "Leo Durocher, Baseball’s Prodigal Son," on Wednesday, March 22, at 6:30 p.m. in the Conference Rooms at the Club.

Tickets are $5 for Club members and $10 for the public. Tickets can be purchased online here.

Books can be purchased online at the same time as tickets or at the event. No outside books or memorabilia are permitted.

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Pfizer CEO plans to address healthcare reform at Club, March 23

March 1, 2017 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver |

As congressional efforts are underway to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, Ian Read, chairman and chief executive officer of Pfizer, one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, plans to speak at a National Press Club luncheon on Thursday, March 23.

The luncheon is sold out, but credentialed members of the media are welcome to attend the speech. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m., with remarks beginning at 1 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session ending at 2 p.m.

For questions, please email or call (202) 662–7501. T

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Club member Kathy Bonk discusses growing use of storytelling on current NPC podcast

February 28, 2017 | By Adam Konowe |

Storytelling has been around for thousands of years, but it’s a practice that’s now widely used by communities and organizations as a way of initiating change at the international, national, state and local levels.

To learn more about this new trend, check out the current National Press Club podcast, Update-1. It features National Press Club member Kathy Bonk, executive director of the Communications Consortium Media Center, where she is directly involved with storytelling,

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