National Press Club

Spies in the Press Building: A historical talk, Sept. 28

August 22, 2018 | By Gil Klein |

The countless journalists and others who have worked and played in the National Press Building these many years may be surprised to learn how much espionage went on in the offices and -- even in the National Press Club -- from the years leading up to World War II through the Cold War and into this century.

Club member and spy historian Steven T. Usdin has dug deep into once secret files of the FBI and the KGB to reveal what happened in the building even as thousands of regular journalists went about their jobs reporting the news.

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Fore! Journalism Institute's 7th annual golf tournament nears, Sept. 4

August 21, 2018 | By Doug Harbrecht |

Tee off on Tuesday, Sept. 4, at the Country Club at Woodmore in Mitchellville, Md., to support the National Press Club Journalism Institute in its 7th Annual Golf Invitational.

This great day of golf begins with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Golfers should plan to arrive by 8:30 a.m. The cost is $125 for Club members, $150 for individual registration and $500 for a foursome registration.

Register online. Club members must log in to receive the member promotion.

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National Press Club in History: What Fidel Castro told the Club

August 21, 2018 | By Gil Klein |

Just three months after Fidel Castro’s forces marched victoriously into Havana, the charismatic 32-year-old Cuban leader made a goodwill tour in Washington, including a stop at the National Press Club. It was a pivotal moment in history. Castro had some sympathy in the United States for overthrowing a brutal dictatorship, and he was launching reforms that improved the lives of average Cubans.

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Fourth Estate Restaurant takes a break until Sept. 3

August 21, 2018 | By Miguel Dominguez |

The National Press Club's Fourth Estate Restaurant is closed for two weeks Aug. 20 through Monday, Sept. 3. It will reopen for regular dining hours beginning Tuesday, Sept. 4.

But for Club fans of the restaurant, all is not lost. Club members can still enjoy lunch and dinner in the Reliable Source restaurant.

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Institute to host 'Journalism Stay Safe Day' Aug. 28

August 20, 2018 | By Doug Harbrecht |

Reporters generally run towards danger, but lately they have been attracting it.

Because of the heightened threats against members of the journalism profession, the National Press Club and its nonprofit affiliate, the National Press Club Journalism Institute, in partnership with and the National Press Foundation, are devoting a half day to the topic of reporter safety on Aug. 28 from 9.30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There is no cost to attend this event. However tickets are required. Ticket reservations can be made online.

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Ex-Club President Gil Klein discusses his new book on latest NPC podcast

August 19, 2018 | By Adam Konowe |

After nearly 35 years as a daily newspaper reporter, including more than 20 as a national correspondent in Washington, and after a successful run as a journalism professor at American University, former National Press Club President Gil Klein has added to his list of accomplishments. He's now an author.

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Sen. Warren to make major policy speech at Headliners Newsmaker, tomorrow, 10 a.m.

August 19, 2018 | By Tamara Hinton |

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) will deliver a major policy speech on ending corruption in Washington at a National Press Club Headliners Newsmaker on Tuesday, Aug. 21, at 10 a.m. in the Club's conference rooms.

Warren, a potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate and one of the biggest critics of President Trump, recently said, "Our government has been captured by powerful corporations and millionaires have used their money to rig our economy so it works for them and not for you. It's time to call this out for exactly what it is: corruption."

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Saturday Books & Brunch cancelled, rescheduled for September

August 17, 2018 | By Fay Iudicello |

The Books & Brunch meeting scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 18 is cancelled.

The discussion of “Strangers in Their Own Land” by Arlie Hochschild is rescheduled for noon on Sept. 15 in The Fourth Estate restaurant.

Books & Brunch is open to all National Press Club members and their guests, and it is not necessary to read the book in order to participate in the talk. Lunch can be ordered off the menu. RSVPs are required by contacting Fay Iudicello at or call 703-989-4503 before noon on Thursday.

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Craigslist founder talks about strengthening trust in news at Sept. 24 Luncheon

August 16, 2018 | By Lori Russo |

Craig Newmark, founder of the free classified ads site Craigslist, will speak at a National Press Club Headliners Luncheon Sept. 24 to discuss his philanthropic efforts to strengthen trust in news.

Newmark has poured money into journalism research, training, and direct support of news gathering since the 2016 election. This includes a $20 million donation to the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York, the only public graduate journalism school in the Northeast.

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Celebrate a night of journalistic excellence Aug. 30 at the Club

August 16, 2018 | By Will Lester |

The National Press Club will celebrate excellence in journalism at its annual awards dinner on Aug. 30 at a time when that work is more important than ever.

The awards dinner recognizes the winners of the Club's annual journalism contest. The award winners at the 45th Annual Journalism Awards Dinner include categories such as breaking news, regional reporting, online journalism and humor.

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