National Press Club

Molly McCluskey to take over as NPC Membership Secretary

Tommy Burr | June 21, 2016

The National Press Club's Board of Governors voted unanimously on Monday night to appoint Molly McCluskey as membership secretary to replace Evan McMorris-Santoro who stepped down because of election-related duties that have kept him traveling this year.

McCluskey, an independent journalist and board member since 2014, was previously vice chair of the Club's Freelance Committee and chair of the International Correspondents Committee. She also re-invigorated and grew the Club's social media and was the 2015 recipient of the Berny Krug Award, given to the Club's top volunteer.

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NPC's America Legion Post 20 named 'Outstanding Post' for 2015-16

Tommy Burr | June 6, 2016

The National Press Club's American Legion Post 20 was honored last weekend as one of the outstanding posts in the nation, a tribute to the work of our veteran members in increasing membership and contributions to the work of the Legion.

Ken Dalecki, Post 20 commander, was also named an “Outstanding Legionnaire” for 2015-16 and elected vice commander for the D.C. Department, which covers the District's 23 posts. Dalecki and NPC member Alfredo Diaz were also selected to attend the American Legion's annual national convention in Cincinnati in August.

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Member Connie Lawn Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from NZ National Press Club

Tommy Burr | June 6, 2016

It was with great honor that last week that I accepted, on behalf of the National Press Club, a gift of long-time member Connie Lawn's silver salver and plaque presented to her by the New Zealand National Press Club as a Lifetime Achievement Award.

The salver and plaque are now on display in the glass case as you enter the National Press Club, a reminder of Connie's impact on journalism during her decades covering the White House.

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Statement On Syrian-Iraqi News Conference at The National Press Club

Tommy Burr | June 1, 2016

Following is a statement about the news conference by GAFTA at the National Press Club on June 2, 2016:

The National Press Club has been the place “Where News Happens” for more than a century. As such we have hosted newsmakers of all kinds, because we are devoted to free speech and the free exchange of ideas.

We have for decades also allowed private, third parties to book our facility for press conferences and other events with the proviso that we can turn away such business at our discretion.

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UPDATE: Member's Book on Afghan Couple Leads to Their Freedom – Now They Need Help. NYT Reporter Was at Club for February Book Event

Tommy Burr | May 31, 2016

National Press Club Member and New York Times Correspondent Rod Nordland visited us in February for a moving book event about his recent work "The Lovers" (Ecco), the story of a couple that was driven into hiding in Afghanistan to avoid an honor killing by her family. The popular book raised the visibility of the case and Nordland and others were able to assist the couple Zakia and Ali in obtaining provisional visas while refugee status is considered. Last week they arrived in the United States and are trying to settle here. The couple has a one year old daughter, Ruqia.

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Show your NPC pride: Member-only pins available

Tommy Burr | May 11, 2016

In a survey some years ago, a good number of National Press Club members supported the idea of a way to differentiate themselves as members of the Club from guests who might be stopping by for a drink, a conference or lunch. And now we have it.

The NPC is offering members the chance to purchase a member-only pin – featuring the Club's seal and the word “member” – for $10 at the front desk.

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Statement on event hosted by the Center for the National Interest

Tommy Burr | April 22, 2016

The National Press Club has a standing invitation to all major presidential candidates to speak at our hallowed venue and most White House contenders have taken questions from our podium this election cycle. The 109-year-old Press Club has hosted almost every American president and many of those vying for the job over our history, and we have always looked forward to hearing their plans and pinning them down on policy issues that would affect America and the world.

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Press Club 'redoubles' efforts on behalf of journalists worldwide

Tommy Burr | March 28, 2016

The National Press Club recently welcomed home Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, who had been held unjustly in Iran for 545 days. It was a moving event, featuring speeches by Post Executive Editor Marty Baron, famed journalist Bob Woodward, Swiss Ambassador Martin Dahinden, Rep. Jared Huffman, D-Calif., as well as heartfelt speeches by Jason's brother, Ali, and wife, Yegi.

The Press Club paid special attention to Jason's case. Not only was he reporting for our hometown newspaper, he was also clearly a political hostage whose only “crime” was being a journalist.

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NPC celebrates long-overdue release of Jason Rezaian

Tommy Burr | January 18, 2016

National Press Club members and journalists worldwide awoke Saturday to exciting, and long-overdue, news that our friend and colleague Jason Rezaian of The Washington Post was being released from Iranian prison after 544 days.

The Press Club, led by then-President John Hughes, Freedom of the Press Committee Chairman John Donnelly, Executive Director Bill

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MLK’s NPC Speech -- At Last -- In His Own Voice

John Hughes | January 7, 2016

People ask me, "What has been the highlight of your NPC presidency?"

I respond, "I think Tuesday night will be it."

Excerpts from Martin Luther King's historic National Press Club speech will be aired at 7:30pm for the first time since they were delivered 53 years ago in the Club's ballroom.

The event is nearly sold out as I write this column. Click here to see if you can grab one of the few remaining tickets.

For me, this event has been a full year in the making.

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