National Press Club

R&B broadcast legend Donnie Simpson to speak at Club dinner Tuesday

November 28, 2018 | By Lindsay Underwood |

The next guest in the National Press Club's Legends of Broadcasting series is veteran Washington-based broadcaster Donnie Simpson, who will appear Tuesday evening, Dec. 4, for dinner.

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NPC in History: The tiny room with the big legacy

November 27, 2018 | By Gil Klein |

Down at the end of the corridor on the 14th floor – past the photos of former presidents, past the fitness center, past the work space for freelance writers – is a door with the words NPC Studio written in gold on a glass window.

The door is usually locked, but inside is a small, soundproofed room hardly large enough for a couple of chairs. Before the National Press Club’s Broadcast Operations Center opened in 2006 on the fourth floor, this was a space that could be used to do television and radio interviews.

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Commandant of U.S. Coast Guard to discuss national security issues, Dec. 6

November 27, 2018 | By Tamara Hinton |

Adm. Karl L. Schultz, the 26th commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, will speak about stepping up America's presence in the Arctic as a measure of national security at a National Press Club Headliners Luncheon on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 12:30 p.m. in the Holeman Lounge.

Tickets cost $25 for Club members, who may purchase two at this rate, $39 for all other non-member and can be purchased online.

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History repeats: NPC member Sergent recalls grandmother's unceremonious booting from the White House press corps circa 1972

November 23, 2018 | By Jennifer Sergent

As CNN challenges the White House over its banning of reporter Jim Acosta following his combative exchange with President Donald Trump, imagine a different scenario: What if Trump instead chose to ban Kate Bennett, the CNN reporter who covers the first lady?

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Menu announced for Thursday, Dec. 20 holiday buffet and jazz at the Reliable Source

November 22, 2018 | By Mesfin Mekonen |

When the holiday crush winds down and your last packages have hit the deadline for dispatch, it will be time to take a deep breath and enjoy some food, beverage and jazz at the National Press Club before heading off to your holiday destinations.

Mark your calendar now so this relaxing night doesn't get crowded out of a busy schedule!

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NPC in History: The Fourth Estate Award begins with a bang

November 20, 2018 | By Gil Klein |

With the National Press Club's Fourth Estate Award presentation coming up next week in the middle of a major special prosecutor investigation, now is the time to talk about the origin of the award and the strange events that surrounded the evening when it was presented for the first time.

The Fourth Estate was promoted by Club President Don Larrabee of the Griffin-Larrabee News Service, who wanted the Club to create a lifetime achievement award to honor those journalists who had contributed the most to the profession throughout their careers.

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Step back in time at a festive 1920s cocktail party, Dec. 13

November 19, 2018 | By Donna Leinwand Leger |

Cocktail historian Philip Greene will lead you on a journey back to the 'Roaring Twenties' with cocktails from his latest book at the Fourth Estate restaurant on Thursday, Dec. 13.

Diners will sample retro cocktails, including The Bees Knees and The Boulevardier, from "A Drinkable Feast," while enjoying passed hors d'oeuvres and dinner.

The evening begins with hors d’oeuvres at 6:30 p.m. Dinner follows at 7 p.m.

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Press Club announces ‘Night Out for Austin’ set for May 2, 2019

November 13, 2018 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver |

The National Press Club is leading an effort to double the $1 million reward for actionable information leading to the safe release of journalist Austin Tice by creating and sponsoring a Night Out for Austin set for May 2, 2019.

The Club is urging Washington-area restaurants to follow its lead and donate 50 percent of that night’s restaurant revenues to a Free Austin fund. Additionally, the Club is producing information that restaurants can post and make available to customers to educate them about Austin’s plight.

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Holiday buffet Thursday, Dec. 20

November 13, 2018 | By Mesfin Mekonen |

Enjoy some food, beverage and jazz at the National Press Club at a special holiday buffet on Thursday, Dec. 20.

Club members and their guests are invited to the annual event, which features music from the Greater U Street Jazz Collective. The price of the buffet is $25 for Club members and $32 for nonmembers, plus tax and gratuity.

To reserve space, please contact the Reliable Source at or 202-662-7443.

Dinner will be served beginning at 5:30 p.m. and the music begins at 6 p.m. in the Truman Lounge.

Holiday Buffet Menu

Spiced pumpkin soup

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NPC in History: Why a mug?

November 13, 2018 | By Gilbert Klein |

At the end of every National Press Club luncheon, the president presents the speaker with a “coveted National Press Club mug.” It’s been going on for as long as I have been a member, more than 33 years, and I gave out scores of them myself.

But why a mug?

I got an email last week from Club photographer Noel St. John with this question: Upon receiving the mug at a Club luncheon, Robert Wilkie, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, asked if the Club gave out more valuable gifts in the 1970s and 80s? St. John asked how long the Club had given out the mug.

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