National Press Club

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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How is the Club Thriving in 2015? Let Us Count -- the Five -- Ways

John Hughes | April 21, 2015

I am a quarter of the way through my National Press Club presidency. How am I doing so far?

More importantly, how is the Club doing?

I suggest there are five ways to answer the question.

But first, some background.

Before the year began, I set some objectives derived from the Club's five-year strategic plan. I shared these at my inaugural in January -- we will boost press-freedom efforts, bring new media voices into the Club and renew ourselves in all we do.

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The NPC and the Art of the (Short) Speech

John Hughes | April 2, 2015

FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, who retired this week, had just surpassed the 3,850th word of her speech at the National Press Club March 27 when she decided to change course.

She had been reminded on a small white note card placed in front of her at the podium that her talk was running long. She needed to leave time in the one-hour program for reporter questions.

"Though I’ve got lots more I had wanted to talk about," Hamburg said at the luncheon, "I've gotten the indication that I ought to be winding down."

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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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