National Press Club

Next Disaster Government Prevents With Openness May Be Its Own

John Hughes & David Cuillier | March 11, 2015

Note: The following article was written by National Press Club President John Hughes and David Cuillier, chairman of the Society of Professional Journalists' Freedom of Information Committee, for Sunshine Week.

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Attention NPC Members! Take a Moment To Help Free Jason

John Hughes | March 4, 2015

The National Press Club has long distinguished itself as the world's leading professional organization for journalists by speaking out for press freedom. We also hold programs and grant awards to defend the First Amendment.

Now you must do something personally to further the cause.

Sign a petition calling for the release of Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian from an Iranian jail here at

Ask friends and colleagues to do the same by using your e-mail, Facebook page, Twitter feed, Instagram or word of mouth. Reach out to at least five people.

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This Truly Is The Place Where News Happens -- And I Mean Now

John Hughes | February 25, 2015

The National Press Club is the place where news happens. This year, so is the president's office at the Club.

I am an editor at Bloomberg First Word, the breaking-news desk in Washington. Bloomberg has set up four large computer monitors at the president's office. These screens allow me to physically work at the Club during most of each work day. This has been tremendously valuable for juggling Club and First Word duties!

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MLK's Day at NPC -- and the Return Visit That Wasn't

John Hughes | February 11, 2015

The National Press Club is where titans have come to speak -- FDR, Kennedy, Mandela, Reagan, Gorbachev -- and of course Martin Luther King.

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One Week on the Job: Observations of a Rookie NPC President

John Hughes | January 27, 2015

My first seven days as the National Press Club's 108th president were a whirlwind.

What have I seen and learned?

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