National Press Club

NPC in History: Prohibition at the National Press Club

May 14, 2019 | By Gil Klein |

The beginning of Prohibition in America must have been a slap in the face of a National Press Club founded on a bar and a poker table. And to make matters worse, Prohibition began in the District of Columbia six months before the rest of the nation –- June 30, 1919.

The question was: Would the Club use its private status as well as its influence with politicians and law enforcement to satisfy the members’ thirst for adult beverages? The answer, to the chagrin of many, was absolutely not.

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Senate Historian discusses upcoming celebration of 19th Amendment

May 11, 2019 | By Adam Konowe |

The latest edition of the National Press Club's Update-1 podcast features U.S. Senate Historian Betty Koed talking about the many resources her office offers journalists to help them cover current events and put their stories into a historical context.

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

May 10, 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.

Doors open at 8:30 a.m. with a light breakfast of coffee, tea, muffins and pastries. The program begins promptly at 9 a.m.

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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NPC in History: Promoting the Great War

May 10, 2019 | By Gil Klein |

Woodrow Wilson narrowly won the 1916 election with the slogan, “He Kept Us Out of War.” But within one month of his inauguration, he asked Congress for a declaration of war, promising that it would be a “war to make the world safe for democracy.”

That put the president in the unenviable position of changing American public opinion over night from opposing America’s entry into the war to whole-heartedly supporting it. His first idea was heavy-handed censorship legislation to control all information about the war – something far afield from making for a safe democracy.

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Tonight: Arrive early for screening of documentary on RFK's visit to South Africa

May 10, 2019 | By Aileen Roberta Schlef |

Organizers of tonight's screening and discussion of the documetary "RFK in the Land of Apartheid: A Ripple of Hope" anticipate a large crowd and are encouraging attendees to arrive by 6 p.m.

The program, scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 10, will feature producer/co-director Larry Shore of Hunter College and Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, former Maryland lieutenant governor and the eldest child of Ethel and Robert F. Kennedy.

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Just-departed FDA chief Scott Gottlieb to evaluate tenure at Headliners luncheon, May 10

May 9, 2019 | By Lori Russo and William Pierce | and

Dr. Scott Gottlieb, who left his position as commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration April 5, will reflect on his tenure at a National Press Club Headliners luncheon on Friday, May 10.

He will focus on how he moved his agenda thorough the agency and where he believes FDA should turn its attention in the future. He also will address his future plans to examine drug pricing policy in a new role at the American Enterprise Institute. The title of his speech is “Innovating Federal Policy: How we Advanced new Frameworks for Public Health Promotion”.

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Dionne Warwick joins discussion at dinner screening of songwriting documentary, May 20

May 2, 2019 | By Carmen Russell-Sluchansky |

The National Press Club Events Team will host a special dinner and screening of “What the World Needs Now: Words by Hal David," a PBS documentary tribute to the man who wrote many of the most enduring songs in American popular music, at 6 p.m. Monday, May 20.

Joining the event are producers John Paulson and Karen Sherry and special guests Dionne Warwick and noted songwriter Valerie Simpson (“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”), both of whom are featured in the film. The discussion will be moderated by Club President Alison Fitzgerald Kodjak.

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Former State Department negotiator discusses North Korea on Update-1 podcast

April 30, 2019 | By Adam Konowe |

In the latest edition of Update-1, a former State Department North Korea negotiator analyzes the current efforts to promote nuclear disarmament.

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Nearly six dozen restaurants join Night Out for Austin Tice, May 2

April 29, 2019 | By Kristina Groennings |

Nearly six dozen restaurants throughout the United States will participate in a “Night Out for Austin Tice” later this week, exceeding the expectations of National Press Club organizers.

The restaurants, which totaled 70 as of Sunday, have agreed to donate a portion of their proceeds from their May 2 operations to a fund that would augment the $1 million FBI reward for information that leads to the safe return of Tice, an award-winning journalist who was taken hostage in August 2012 while covering the civil war in Syria.

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Former Sen. Richard Lugar was a Reliable Source regular, 87

April 29, 2019 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. and Andy Fisher |,

For many years during his career on Capitol Hill, former Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., had an apple and yogurt at his desk for lunch. When he joined the National Press Club in 2017, he became a lunchtime regular at the Reliable Source.

Lugar, the longest serving member of Congress from Indiana, died Sunday, April 28, at Inova Fairfax Heart and Vascular Institute in Virginia. The cause of death was complications from chronic inflammatory demylinating polyneuropathy. He was 87.

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