National Press Club

NPC Sells Rockwell Painting Sells For $10.2 Million

John Hughes | November 19, 2015

The National Press Club today sold its Norman Rockwell Painting, "Norman Rockwell Visits a Country Editor," for $10.2 million at Christie's.

Seventy percent of the proceeds will go to the Club, 30 percent will go to the non-profit National Press Club Journalism Institute. Christie's expected the artwork to sell for $10 million to $15 million.

The sale is fantastic news for the Club and the Institute because both entities will have additional resources to carry out their missions for many years to come.

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Mentoring Our Way to a Fabulous Future

John Hughes | November 3, 2015

Veteran National Press Club members -- listen up! This opportunity is for you!

Your Club needs you. We want you to share your experience with the next generation of journalists and communicators through our NPC Mentorship Program.

At the Club, we are fortunate to be able to marry our rich history with our cutting-edge programs. Is there a better way to connect the wisdom of our past with the vibrancy of our present than the NPC Mentorship Program?

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Laughter, Music, Spelling: Club Reinvention at Its Finest

John Hughes | October 13, 2015

The National Press Club's rich history propels us forward. The "Politicians vs. Press" Spelling Bee on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 7pm is a fine example.

In 1913, President Woodrow Wilson, Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan and nearly a thousand people gathered in the Willard Hotel after the Club challenged the House and Senate to a spelling bee.

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Answering Your Questions About the Rockwell Sale

John Hughes | October 8, 2015

Thank you members for your comments about my announcement a week ago that the National Press Club and non-profit National Press Club Journalism Institute plan to sell our Norman Rockwell painting, Norman Rockwell Visits a Country Editor.

The sale will occur Nov. 19 at a Christie's auction, and Christie's has said the piece is expected to bring in $10 million to $15 million. Seventy percent of the proceeds will go to the Club, 30 percent to the Institute.

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Rockwell Sale Is Legacy for the National Press Club

John Hughes | October 2, 2015

Norman Rockwell Visits a Country Editor originally appeared in The Saturday Evening Post on May 25, 1946.

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5K: This Year We Run for Freedom

John Hughes | August 25, 2015

The first time I ran on Pennsylvania Avenue in the National Press Club's ``Beat The Deadline'' 5K, I was struck by the beauty of the Capitol dome ahead of me. The dome is one of the greatest symbols of freedom in the world.

At this year's 5K, on Sept. 5, we won't just look at freedom -- we'll run for it.

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July 29 -- An Evening for Journalism to Shine

John Hughes | July 23, 2015

Most people active at the National Press Club know the key dates we build our year around. There's the gala inaugural, which was held Jan. 24, and Spring Hoot, which was May 1.

Looking ahead, there's the 5K on Sept. 5, Fourth Estate dinner with Gwen Ifill on Oct. 15 and the Book Fair and Authors' Night Nov. 17.

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News Happens at the National Press Club -- Thanks to Us

John Hughes | July 10, 2015

Bernie Williams, left, joined singer Peter Yarrow at a Newsmaker
Photo: Noel St. John

The National Press Club is the place "where news happens." Our famous Speaker Luncheon series is the best example of this.

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Why Press Freedom? Because We Are The National Press Club

John Hughes | May 28, 2015

We have worked hard in 2015 for the cause of press freedom. Thanks to Congressional Quarterly's John Donnelly, and the excellent work of his NPC Press Freedom Committee, we have drawn special attention to three journalists who are being held in captivity for practicing their craft. They are the Washington Post's Jason Rezaian, held in Iran; freelancer Austin Tice, detained in Syria; and Khadija Ismayilova, jailed in Azerbaijan.

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The 'M' in May Stands for Momentum at National Press Club

John Hughes | May 20, 2015

There is so much happening at the National Press Club in May that it is impossible to write about it all in one place. Yet I can at least scratch the surface. Here are 10 things:

Brian Lamb. The Club's Broadcast Committee has been holding Legends nights. Who was a better fit than C-Span's Brian Lamb? This was a fun, unfiltered Lamb, who spoke with a lucky group of journalists and Club members May 12. His interview style? ``Minimalist. I just stay out of the way.'' What will it take to get cameras inside the Supreme Court? ``A bunch of young justices.''

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