National Press Club

Save the date: Jan 12: Inaugural gala for president-elect to feature Supreme Court justice

December 11, 2018 | By Donna Leinwand Leger |

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer plans to swear in Alison Fitzgerald Kodjak as the 112th president of the National Press Club at an inaugural gala on Jan. 12.

Tickets to the event are expected to be available later this week. Watch for The Wire in your inbox for your first chance to buy tickets to this special evening. The inaugural gala is set to begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m.

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Podcast highlights the rise, threat of fake videos

December 10, 2018 | By Adam Konowe |

Fake videos are a new form of digital-media manipulation, and the former president and chief executive of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty is warning about their dangers.

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Postponed: 1920s-style cocktail party, dinner slated for Thursday will be rescheduled

December 8, 2018 | By Susan Delbert |

The Roaring 20s cocktail party and dinner featuring historian Philip Greene will be rescheduled. A new date will be announced soon.

The dinner had been scheduled for Dec. 13, but had to be postponed due to a death in Chef Susan Delbert's family.

When the dinner is rescheduled, Greene will lead a journey back to the Roaring 20s with recipes from his last book at a party and dinner at the Fourth Estate Restaurant. Diners will sample retro cocktails, including the Bees Knees and the Boulevardier, mentioned in Greene's latest book, "A Drinkable Feast."

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Coast Guard Commandant calls for more Arctic ships to protect national security

December 7, 2018 | By Chris Teale |

If the United States is to protect its national security interests in the Arctic, it needs to fund more ships for the U.S. Coast Guard, the service's Commandant Adm. Karl Schultz said Thursday at a National Press Club Headliners Luncheon.

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Today: Former Guardian editor to discuss new book with Washington Post editor

December 6, 2018 | By William McCarren |

Alan Rusbridger, the long-time former editor-in-chief of The Guardian, today will discuss his new book, “Breaking the News: The Remaking of Journalism and Why it Matters,” with Washington Post Editor Marty Baron.

The luncheon is being sponsored by the National Press Club's Journalism Institute and will take place in the Holeman Lounge.

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A legend in broadcasting, Donnie Simpson discusses his career at the Club

December 6, 2018 | By Irv Chapman |

Donnie Simpson became a radio disc jockey at age 15 in his hometown of Detroit. A dozen years later, he moved to Washington and realized he didn’t have to channel the style of radio personalities he admired — he could just be Donnie Simpson, and people were increasingly tuning in.

They still are; his afternoon show on WMMJ-FM 102.3 is No. 1 one in the ratings, he said.

After years of morning drive time, he said during a Legends of Broadcasting dinner sponsored by the National Press Club’s Broadcast/Podcast Team on Dec. 4 that he liked his current afternoon hours just fine.

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Biographer quotes correspondent saying war is about broken bodies, not tech

December 5, 2018 | By Lorna Aldrich |

Lindsey Hilsum, author of “In Extremis: The Life and Death of the War Correspondent Marie Colvin,” described her subject as the correspondent who went the furthest into dangerous situations and stayed the longest.

Hilsum, speaking at a Dec. 3 book event co-sponsored by the National Press Club's Freedom of the Press Committee and International Women’s Media Foundation, remembered Colvin saying, “War is not high tech in the end. In the end, war is about broken bodies,” when she spoke at an annual memorial for journalists killed while working.

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NPC in History: The Club legacy of George H.W. Bush

December 4, 2018 | By Gil Klein |

President George H.W. Bush was no stranger to the National Press Club. As chairman of the Republican National Committee in 1973, he made his first appearance at the Club podium in a debate with Robert Strauss, his Democratic counterpart, as Bush put the best face possible on the Nixon administration as the Watergate scandal escalated.

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Coast Guard commandant to address Headliners Luncheon Thursday

December 2, 2018 | By Tamara Hinton |

Admiral Karl L. Schultz, the 26th Commandant of the United States Coast Guard, will discuss America's presence in the Arctic as a matter of national security at a National Press Club Headliners Luncheon on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 12:30 p.m. in the Holeman Lounge.

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Online tools to help youth soccer coaches and parents track concussions announced at Headliners Newsmaker

November 29, 2018 | By Jamie Horwitz |

Several experts on youth sports and sports medicine used a Nov. 14 National Press Club Headliners Newsmaker press conference to announce online tools to help track head injuries from youth soccer

The online tools, called the US Youth Soccer “Athlete Incident Management System,” comes at a time when concern about concussions is increasing, especially as an evolving body of research shows that head injuries from sports can lead to lifetime health issues. While not as violent as football, soccer also is a contact sport.

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