National Press Club

Mayor Gray declares Jan. 30-Feb. 4 ‘National Press Club Week’ in Washington

January 31, 2012 | By Bill McCarren |

Mayor Vincent Gray has proclaimed this week, Jan. 30 to Feb. 4, “National Press Club Week” in Washington, D.C.

The Proclamation marks the beginning of the new term in office of the Club’s 105th president, Theresa Werner, who was sworn in to office by Barbara Harrison, morning anchor of NBC News4, at a gala ceremony in the Club’s Ballroom on Jan. 28. Wendy Rieger, also a News4 Anchor, was the keynote speaker for the evening. Werner, who is a freelance journalist, worked at News4 earlier in her career.

The Club, known as “The Place Where News Happens,” had a good start to the week by hosting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano for a luncheon speech on Monday. As her first official duty as president, Werner put the questions to the Secretary at the event.

“We are delighted Mayor Gray and the city would recognize our Club in this way,” Werner said. “The National Press Club is the world’s leading professional organization for journalists, but we never forget that the District is our home, as it has been for more than a century, and we are a thriving part of the community.”

Click here to view the proclamation.