National Press Club

Please thank our dedicated NPC staff this holiday season

Thomas Burr | December 8, 2016

They're here for you every day: Greeting you with a warm smile, setting up your event, serving you lunch or pouring you a drink after work.

As members of the National Press Club, we're so very lucky to have a wonderful staff of more than 100 dedicated people to make us the great organization we are. Behind all of the successful programs - be they professional, social or cultural - is an army of support.

And now it's our opportunity to give back.

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When Trump ditches the press, he ditches you, too

Thomas Burr | November 19, 2016

The following was originally published in The Salt Lake Tribune:

When President-elect Donald Trump ditched the press pool last week, reporters were understandably upset and worried. You should be, too.

If not for some sharp-eyed journalists who happened to see where the soon-to-be leader of the free world went for dinner, America and the world would have little idea where the incoming president had gone.

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An Open Letter to President-elect Donald Trump

Thomas Burr | November 16, 2016

Dear President-elect Trump,

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Press Club Statement On the Loss of Journalist Gwen Ifill

Thomas Burr | November 14, 2016

Following is the statement of Thomas Burr, President of the National Press Club on the passing of Gwen Ifill:

“Today is a sad day for journalism and for the Washington journalism community.We have lost a leader in our profession and a good friend, Gwen Ifill.

On Oct. 15, 2015, The National Press Club recognized Gwen as our 2015 recipient of the Fourth Estate Award – the Club’s highest honor. Walter Cronkite, David Broder, Bob Woodward, Russell Baker and Mary McGrory all received this award previously. We consider Gwen right at home among those great names.

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One year ago, two journalists were taken from us

Thomas Burr | August 26, 2016

Since 1992, more than 1,200 journalists have been killed while doing their jobs worldwide. For too long, we have thought of violence against journalists as something that happened somewhere else, but this year, we’ve seen that assumption proved false over and over as journalist come under threat in the United States. One year ago today, our journalism community lost two of its members in nearby Roanoke, and their deaths dealt our community, both locally and nationally, a devastating blow.

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Introducing the John Cosgrove Members' Lounge

Thomas Burr | August 26, 2016

John Cosgrove is an institution at the National Press Club.

Serving as president in 1961, and as an active member since 1949, most -- if not all -- of our Press Club family know and admire Mr. Cosgrove.

Cosgrove often speaks of how President John F. Kennedy came to his Press Club inaugural, where Cosgrove was sworn into office by Chief Justice Earl Warren. When you inevitably note how amazing it was that President Kennedy came to his swearing in, Cosgrove is known to deadpan: “Well, I went to his.”

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National Press Club renews push for engaging members

Thomas Burr | August 24, 2016

As part of an effort to revamp its outreach to journalists and communication professionals, The National Press Club, the world's leading professional organization for journalists, has hired seasoned reporter Suzanne Struglinski as its new director of membership engagement.

Struglinski, who will start on Sept. 6, will focus full-time on helping journalists and communicators realize all the social and professional benefits of the Press Club as the news industry continues its transition into a new age.

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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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