National Press Club

The human cost of blue jeans: The status of child, forced labor in cotton supply chain, April 29

April 25, 2019 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. |

Human rights and labor experts will join the Uzbek ambassador to discuss the status of child and forced labor in the country at a National Press Club Headliners panel at 10 a.m. Monday, April 29, in the Bloomberg Room.

The free event is open only to credentialed media and Club members. Registration is required.

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NPC in History: "We Want Willkie!"

April 24, 2019 | By Gil Klein |

The casual reader of American history could not be faulted for skimming over the candidacy of Wendell Willkie as the 1940 Republican challenger to Franklin D. Roosevelt. After all, he was just one of four candidates that FDR vanquished in his unprecedented presidential victories.

However, the 1940 election came at a pivotal time in American and world history, and Willkie’s nomination was noteworthy for two major reasons.

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Last chance to reserve your seat for Panera Bread founder Ron Shaich speech on Friday

April 24, 2019 | By Tamara Hinton |

Panera Bread founder Ron Shaich will discuss why Wall Street's fixation on short-term profit is creating social instability and political polarization and why America's leaders need to re-invest in America's future in a speech to a National Press Club Headliners luncheon at 12:30 p.m. April 26 in the ballroom.

In the early 1990s, Shaich took Panera off the public stock exchange and stepped down as its CEO. Shaich did this, he said, to protect the fast-casual empire and its more than 100,000 employees from falling prey to the pressures of shareholders chasing short-term profits.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post editor Maraniss to discuss blacklisting of his journalist father in book talk, May 17

April 22, 2019 | By Donna Leinwand Leger |

Journalist David Maraniss, whose coverage of Bill Clinton as a presidential candidate earned a Pulitzer Prize, will discuss his latest book, “A Good American Family,” at a National Press Club Headliners breakfast on May 17.

Maraniss, an associate editor at The Washington Post, has written 11 books, including biographies of Barack Obama, Vince Lombardi, Al Gore and Roberto Clemente. In his twelfth book, he turns his journalist’s eye on his own family.

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Hoot, Hoot, HOOT! 'Truth Tellers' to perform at Silver Owls gathering, May 3

April 21, 2019 | By Chuck Lewis |

The haunting call of the Owl will echo through the National Press Club on Friday, May 3, as the Spring Hoot of the Club’s Silver Owls convenes to hear a distinguished journalist discuss his work – and make music.

Kevin Hall, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, will speak and the “Truth Tellers,” his musical group, will perform at the event. Hall is the chief economics correspondent and a senior investigative reporter for McClatchy Newspapers. He is currently pursuing investigations related to Russia and the Trump administration.

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Watch documentary depicting Robert F. Kennedy's visit to South Africa with International Correspondents team, May 10

April 21, 2019 | By Aileen Roberta Schlef |

The documentary "RFK in the Land of Apartheid: A Ripple of Hope" will be screened at 6:30 p.m., Friday, May 10, at the National Press Club followed by a discussion and audience question-and-answer session with producer/director Larry Shore of Hunter College and Robert F. Kenndy's daughter Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, the former lieutenant governor of Maryland.

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Original Earth Day organizer to preview 50th anniversary at Newsmaker event, April 22

April 19, 2019 | By Lori Russo |

This year’s Earth Day will be marked on Monday, April 22, at the National Press Club with a Newsmaker event featuring one of the day’s original organizers, Denis Hayes.

The first Earth Day, held April 22, 1970, drew 20 million Americans to streets, parks, and auditoriums to protest environmental degradation. The event sparked the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts. Earth Day will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2020.

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NPC in History: The race to the North Pole

April 17, 2019 | By Gil Klein |

The most valuable items in the National Press Club archives are the volumes of autograph books that include the signatures of the thousands of the greats, the near greats, the heroes and the rogues of the 20th and 21st centuries who have come through the Club’s doors.

The image here is of the first page of the first book. It starts with some of the celebrities who showed up for the Club’s housewarming party on May 18, 1908 in the first club house, which was located above a jewelry store at 1205 F St. NW. And yes, that is W.F. Cody of Cody, Wyoming, better known as "Buffalo Bill".

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Trade journalist celebrates 40-year career with same publisher

April 17, 2019 | By Adam Konowe |

In an era when journalists change employers often and out of necessity, Barb Zuehlke has broken the mold. On the cusp of retirement later in 2019, Zuehlke, now senior editor at Aircraft Maintenance Technology, is celebrating a 40-year career for the same publishing company.

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Symposium at Club to explore key journalism issues, April 25

April 17, 2019 | By Adam Shapiro |

Is the First Amendment still relevant in the age of social media? How can we be sure that what we’re reading and watching is true? What can social media platforms do to curtail the spread of misinformation and lies? How can journalists make the best use of social media?

All these questions, and others, will be explored by journalists, social media experts and legal scholars at the Missouri–Hurley and Price Sloan Symposium, "Free Speech, Free Press or Free For All” Thursday, April 25, at the National Press Club.

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