National Press Club

These events have created our global reputation as a great venue where news is made. The Luncheon speaker series allows a guest such as a head of state, politician, cabinet secretary, business leader, musician, actor, sports star or other interesting person to give a significant speech of good duration and then take questions from the press. The questions are written on cards and passed up to the President of the Press Club, who decides which ones will be asked and in what order. The entire program is one hour. All these Luncheons are covered by C-Span and aired several times. Some are aired live by C-Span or some of the other news organizations that cover these events regularly including CNN, MSNBC, Fox, CNBC, Bloomberg and many others. The NPC shoots video of each luncheon which is webcast live on our homepage and available in our archives. We also shoot and post still photos, record digital audio that our members turn into a radio program and create transcripts of the remarks. We write brief articles for our online newsletter The Wire. The Club invites a dozen or so journalists to sit at the head table, have lunch with the guest and ask questions. Some of the head table journalists write stories for their own outlets including: AP, Reuters, Bloomberg, USA Today, Washington Post and others.

There are about 75 luncheons a year. Most of these Luncheons take place in the NPC Ballroom which seats about 300 or so guests. The public can buy tickets to most NPC luncheons. Sometimes the Speakers Committee (link here), which arranges the luncheons decides to hold their event as a breakfast or a news conference with no meal to accommodate the schedule of a guest-- but this is rare. If you have never attended an NPC luncheon, but have seen them on C-Span please join us and bring a friend for an unforgettable experience. The lunch normally begins at 12:30; the speech begins at 1 p.m.; the Q & A ends at 2pm. Tickets are $35. Club members and their guests pay a reduced rate.

Events are sorted in reverse chronological order. Transcripts or tapes for luncheon speakers are available
from the National Press Club Archives.
Phone: 202-662-7598
E-Mail: archives@press.org
Transcripts and streaming video of luncheon speakers are free to members and are located in the Member' Area.
More details about an event can be found under the appropriate date in the Master Calendar

September 2014

Jim Webb
September 23, 2014

Larry J. Merlo
September 19, 2014

John G. Stumpf
September 17, 2014

Ken Burns
September 15, 2014

Ralph Nader & Grover Norquist
September 4, 2014

August 2014

Jacob Zuma
August 4, 2014

Denis Sassou-Nguesso
August 1, 2014

July 2014

Dr. Tom Frieden
July 22, 2014

Anthony Foxx
July 21, 2014

June 2014

Rep. John Dingell
June 27, 2014

M.Night Shyamalan
June 11, 2014

May 2014

Dr. Ben Carson
May 28, 2014

Donald Trump
May 27, 2014

Sen. Marco Rubio
May 13, 2014

April 2014

Deborah Hersman
April 21, 2014

Lewis Black
April 14, 2014

John Koskinen
April 2, 2014

March 2014

Creigh Deeds
March 31, 2014

Michael L. Lomax
March 25, 2014

February 2014

Buck McKeon
February 24, 2014

Ernest Moniz
February 19, 2014

January 2014

Christine Lagarde
January 15, 2014

Joseph H. Boardman
January 10, 2014

Gen. Frank Grass
January 9, 2014

Gen. Ray Odierno
January 7, 2014

December 2013

Ricky Skaggs
December 19, 2013

Dan Akerson
December 16, 2013

Annise Parker
December 10, 2013

November 2013

Gloria Steinem
November 18, 2013

Walter W. Bettinger II
November 11, 2013

Judd Gregg
November 7, 2013

Goldie Hawn
November 5, 2013

October 2013

Sally Jewell
October 31, 2013

George Takei
October 18, 2013

September 2013

Mitch Landrieu & Michael Nutter
September 26, 2013

Gov. Mary Fallin
September 17, 2013

Dr. Tom Frieden
September 10, 2013

August 2013

Benjamin Jealous
August 29, 2013

Wendy Davis
August 5, 2013

July 2013

Carly Fiorina
July 1, 2013

June 2013

Gary Pruitt
June 19, 2013

Tom Vilsack
June 5, 2013

Sebastián Piñera
June 4, 2013

Gerald Ford Journalism Awards
June 3, 2013

May 2013

Chris Evert
May 7, 2013

April 2013

Patrick R. Donahoe
April 19, 2013

Gil Kerlikowske
April 17, 2013

Ólafur Grímsson
April 15, 2013

Ken Burns
April 12, 2013

John H. Noseworthy, M.D.
April 9, 2013

March 2013

Robert L. Johnson
March 26, 2013

Kathy Calvin
March 20, 2013

Thomas Drake
March 15, 2013

Mariska Hargitay
March 13, 2013

February 2013

Christopher Dodd
February 15, 2013

January 2013

Antonio Villaraigosa
January 14, 2013

December 2012

Leon Panetta
December 18, 2012

James Taylor
December 7, 2012

November 2012

Admiral John Greenert
November 16, 2012

Roger Daltrey & Pete Townshend
November 12, 2012

Rodney Erickson
November 2, 2012

October 2012

Gen. Martin Dempsey
October 10, 2012

Arne Duncan
October 2, 2012

September 2012

James P. Hoffa
September 13, 2012

Tony Perkins
September 12, 2012

Bruce Allen
September 7, 2012

Kathleen Turner
September 6, 2012

August 2012

Gen. James F. Amos
August 28, 2012

Sister Mary Hughes
August 16, 2012

July 2012

Gwen Ifill & Judy Woodruff
July 24, 2012

Dr. Delos Cosgrove
July 20, 2012

Doug Parker
July 18, 2012

June 2012

The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation Journalism Awards with Chris Matthews
June 4, 2012

May 2012

Anna Maria Chávez
May 30, 2012

Billie Jean King
May 12, 2012

Mike Rizzo
May 4, 2012

April 2012

Ken Salazar
April 24, 2012

Alec Baldwin
April 16, 2012

Michael Weiner
April 11, 2012

Douglas Shulman
April 5, 2012

Deepak Chopra
April 4, 2012

March 2012

Patrick Kennedy & Jim Ramstad
March 14, 2012

John Pistole
March 5, 2012

February 2012

Danica Patrick
February 21, 2012

January 2012

Janet Napolitano
January 30, 2012

December 2011

Jim Cantore
December 14, 2011

November 2011

Patrick Donahoe
November 21, 2011

Tom Brokaw
November 3, 2011

October 2011

Herman Cain
October 31, 2011

Harvey Levin
October 24, 2011

Natalie Cole
October 19, 2011

Ray LaHood
October 13, 2011

Ron Paul
October 5, 2011

Ken Burns
October 3, 2011

September 2011

Elon Musk
September 29, 2011

Rudy Giuliani
September 6, 2011

August 2011

Gary Johnson
August 19, 2011

July 2011

Michele Bachmann
July 28, 2011

Gregory B. Jaczko
July 18, 2011

Tim Armstrong & Arianna Huffington
July 15, 2011

Ted Leonsis
July 13, 2011

Charles F. Bolden, Jr.
July 1, 2011

June 2011

Gary Sinise
June 30, 2011

Sheila C. Bair
June 24, 2011

Gerald Ford Journalism Awards
June 14, 2011

Tom Vilsack
June 13, 2011

May 2011

Juan Williams
May 26, 2011

Richard Trumka
May 20, 2011

April 2011

T. Boone Pickens & Ted Turner
April 19, 2011

Douglas Shulman
April 6, 2011

March 2011

Harry Shearer
March 14, 2011

Vivian Schiller
March 7, 2011

February 2011

Ben Bernanke
February 3, 2011

January 2011

Tim Pawlenty
January 13, 2011

Gail J. McGovern
January 12, 2011

December 2010

Muhtar Kent
December 2, 2010

November 2010

Secretary Steven Chu
November 29, 2010

Jeff Bridges
November 10, 2010

October 2010

Ayaan Hirsi Ali
October 25, 2010

Condoleezza Rice
October 15, 2010

Gen. Norton Schwartz
October 12, 2010

Brian T. Moynihan
October 8, 2010

Margaret Hamburg
October 6, 2010

September 2010

Senators Cornyn & Menendez
September 30, 2010

Josette Sheeran
September 29, 2010

David Beckmann
September 13, 2010

Christina Romer
September 1, 2010

August 2010

Mitch Landrieu
August 9, 2010

July 2010

Arne Duncan
July 27, 2010

Don Blankenship
July 22, 2010

Tony Horton
July 16, 2010

Venus Williams
July 7, 2010

June 2010

Rajiv Shah
June 18, 2010

Paul Steiger
June 15, 2010

Ashley Judd
June 9, 2010

Gerald R. Ford Journalism
June 7, 2010

May 2010

Barbara Bush
May 26, 2010

Ted Leonsis
May 21, 2010

Tim Kaine
May 19, 2010

Thomas J. Donohue
May 14, 2010

April 2010

Secretary Ray Mabus
April 30, 2010

Sander Levin
April 19, 2010

Janet Napolitano
April 15, 2010

Dennis Quaid
April 12, 2010

Kathleen Sebelius
April 6, 2010

Douglas Shulman
April 5, 2010

March 2010

Dick Armey
March 15, 2010

Ron Kirk
March 9, 2010

Lisa Jackson
March 8, 2010

Mitt Romney
March 5, 2010

February 2010

Francis S. Collins, M.D.
February 26, 2010

Sec. Tom Vilsack
February 23, 2010

Adm. Thad Allen
February 12, 2010

Secretary Gary Locke
February 4, 2010

January 2010

Richard Trumka
January 11, 2010

December 2009

Karen Mills
December 14, 2009

Gary Knell
December 8, 2009

Joy Zinoman

December 4, 2009

November 2009

HSH Prince Albert II
November 30, 2009

Jim Leach
November 20, 2009

Deborah Hersman
November 16, 2009

Truett Cathy and Dan Cathy
November 13, 2009

October 2009

Capt. Wei Jiafu
October 26, 2009

Chris "Ludacris" Bridges
October 23, 2009

Jorma Ollila
October 15, 2009

Jeff Dunham
October 13, 2009

John Potter
October 8, 2009

Mark Shriver/ Craig Fugate
October 5, 2009

September 2009

Ken Burns
September 28, 2009

Dr. Denis Cortese
September 18, 2009

Governor Jim Douglas

September 17, 2009

August 2009

Nick Jonas
August 24, 2009

July 2009

Senator John Kerry
July 29, 2009

Congressman Barney Frank
July 27, 2009

Congressman John Conyers
July 24, 2009

Gail McGovern
July 21, 2009

Morris Dees
July 10, 2009

Admiral Mike Mullen
July 8, 2009

Wayne Clough
July 1, 2009

June 2009

Robert Herz
June 26, 2009

Stan Kasten
June 25, 2009