National Press Club

K-12 education forum examines policy and leadership consequences of fall election

September 1, 2016 | By Jean Gossman |

The K-12 public education sector enjoyed about 10 years of an “era of good feelings” following enactment of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, said recently appointed Maryland State Board of Education President Andy Smarick during Tuesday’s National Press Club Newsmaker forum on education issues, these days many stakeholders are questioning where public education authority should rest and shifting their thinking on key issues.

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National Press Club hosts magical Children's Book Rap

September 1, 2016 | By Joe Motheral |

An 11-year-old girl visiting the National Press Club on Aug. 27 said she liked “the hat with magic.”


She was not delusional. She had just attended a special National Press Club Children’s Book Rap featuring Deborah Kalb and her book "George Washington and the Magic Hat."

In addition to the Book Rap, magician Con Ward led off the program with tricks. And each child was given a tri-cornered hat so the young girl indeed experienced “the hat with magic.”

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Candidates for leadership of Teamsters Union square off in feisty debate at National Press Club

August 29, 2016 | By Varun Saxena |

Two candidates vying for the leadership of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters repeatedly called each other liars and portrayed the other as a failure during a combative debate at the National Press Club on Aug. 25.

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Actor Michael York raises profile of the rare disease amyloidosis at National Press Club Luncheon

August 13, 2016 | By Varun Saxena |

British actor Michael York, speaking at a National Press Club luncheon Friday, described his struggles with the disease amyloidosis in an effort to raise awareness of the rare condition, which affects about 1 in 100,000 people.

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NYT author reveals decades-long knowledge of Donald Trump in new book

August 7, 2016 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver |

The new book "The Making of Donald Trump" is filled with “basically everything that Donald Trump does not want you to know,” author David Cay Johnston told a National Press Club Book Rap Aug. 4.

In the book, Johnston goes back in time to examineTrump’s rise to power, including his family background, his litigation history and his ties to organized crime.

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Club honors journalists, expands fight for press freedom

August 6, 2016 | By Louise Walsh |

Tricked by traffickers and savagely beaten, more than 2,000 enslaved fishermen were freed from brutal conditions at sea, thanks to dogged reporting by four Associated Press journalists honored August 4 at the National Press Club annual awards dinner.

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Diversity and inclusiveness goals for next 100 years of National Park Service

August 1, 2016 | By Kristin Szremski |

The National Park Service, in response to allegations of long-standing abuse, now has 'zero tolerance' toward sexual harassment and is establishing an anonymous hotline to protect employees who come forward as whistleblowers, agency Director Jonathan Jarvis said at a National Press Club luncheon Aug. 1.

The move is aligned with the park service's goals of achieving "justice, respect and truth" through the use of federal parks and public land, which call us to "live up to the values of our nation," Jarvis said.

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Nats’ analyst Phil Wood tells how baseball reporting has changed, including no more free booze in press box

July 21, 2016 | By Bill McCloskey |

Washington Nationals baseball analyst Phil Wood does not have a Twitter account. Growing up in Northern Virginia, he did have a transistor radio. That radio and trips to Griffith Stadium to watch the old Washington Senators (also nicknamed the Nats) ignited his lifelong love of baseball in the '60s.

That love led to a long career in baseball broadcasting and a perspective on how baseball reporting has changed over the decades -- a perspective he shared with a National Press Club audience July 20 at one of the Club’s “Get it Online” luncheon discussions.

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U.S. needs 'broad dialogue' on use of cyber, says NSA chief Rogers

July 14, 2016 | By Wesley G. Pippert |

Adm. Michael S. Rogers, director of the National Security Agency, called at a National Press Club luncheon Thursday for a "broad dialogue" about when and how the United States should use cyber in a way that is "coherent and legal."

But he refused numerous times to go into detail beyond saying: "How we do our mission should be in a way that engenders confidence and trust."

Resplendent in the Navy's summer whites, Rogers added: "We always obey the law. We acknowledge mistakes. We don't take short cuts."

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Kim Barker, other female war correspondents, to speak at 'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot' screening July 29

July 13, 2016 | By Lindsay Underwood |

The National Press Club's Young Members and International Correspondents Committees will host a screening of the film "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" on Friday, July 29, at 6:15 in the Holeman Lounge, followed by a panel discussion featuring journalist and author Kim Barker.

Barker's real life experiences depicted in her book, "The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan," inspired the making of the film.

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