National Press Club

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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NPC Sells Rockwell Painting 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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