National Press Club

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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CNN's Wolf Blitzer to receive Fourth Estate Award Sept. 20

September 6, 2016 | By Julie Schoo |

Wolf Blitzer, CNN’s lead political analyst and host of “The Situation Room,” will receive the Fourth Estate Award, the National Press Club's highest honor, at a dinner Sept. 20.

Blitzer is the 44th recipient of the Fourth Estate Award, which recognizes a journalist who has made significant contributions to the field. The award dinner this year also will honor our Aubuchon Press Freedom Award recipients, people whose work and lives have advanced the cause of press freedom and transparency around the world.

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Moving abroad? Book Rap on Wednesday describes one person's experience

September 5, 2016 | By Lindsey Underwood |

Former Washington Post reporter Frank Ahrens talks about what it's like to leave your job and start all over again in a new country with a new career at a Club Book Rap on Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 6:30 p.m.

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Apply now to participate in NPC Book Fair

September 2, 2016 | By Crystal White |

Applications for the Club's annual book fair are being accepted through 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 25.

Applications and materials received after this period will not be reviewed. Applicants will be notified of committee decisions via email by Oct. 9. All literary genres are considered however self-published books and books only available in e-format will not be accepted.

The cost to participate is $75 for Club members and $150 for nonmembers and must be paid when the person is approved to participate, Authors must remain for the entire three-hour event, which runs from 5.30-8:30 p.m.

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Freedman tells Broadcast Committee the way it was

September 2, 2016 | By Bill McCloskey |

Imagine being able to call on legendary CBS Evening News anchor Walter Cronkite to do a radio broadcast when you needed to emphasize the importance of an historic event.

As general manager of CBS Radio Network News, National Press Club board member Mike Freedman had that authority and used it judiciously.

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Sen. Murphy to Discuss Guns at Thursday Luncheon

September 2, 2016 | By Jonathan D. Salant |

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, the Connecticut Democrat who led a filibuster to force votes on gun control measures, will speak at a National Press Club luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 8.

The Second Amendment is a hot issue with both principal presidential candidates, with Donald Trump endorsed by the National Rifle Association and Hillary Clinton seeking expanded background checks for gun buyers.

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