National Press Club

This Week in NPC History: National Press Club hosts Middle East leaders

September 9, 2013 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein |

Sept. 13, 1993: Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat discusses the recent Israel-Palestine accord, in one of the fastest ticket sellouts in the history of the National Press Club.

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Rapidly-growing disease threats to America and the global community take center stage at Sept. 10 NPC Luncheon featuring CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden

September 5, 2013 | By Doris Margolis |

Tom Frieden, M.D., director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will update his audience about major health issues and challenges at National Press Club luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 10.

In a talk entitled, “The Cough Heard ‘Round the World: CDC and Health Security,” Dr. Frieden will discuss new and deadly pathogens that can “hitch-hike rides and crisscross the globe in a day,” creating a growing global threat.

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Prestigious judge and spelling sticklers sign on for Press Club Spelling Bee

September 5, 2013 | By Katy Steinmetz |

Two savvy wordsmiths will judge the National Press Club’s Centennial Spelling Bee on Sept. 18.

Judge Paige Kimble runs The Scripps National Spelling Bee, America's most famous spell-off. Judge Heidi Hamilton chairs the linguistics department at Georgetown University. Both women are ready to determine the fates of the 18 lawmakers and journalists who will go head to head on Sept. 18.

Merriam-Webster will provide the words for the bee, and the judges will determine whether each word has been spelled correctly as contestants cycle past the microphone.

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Cuban historian to offer look into Old Havana at Club event, Sept. 12

September 5, 2013 | By Allyson Cannon |

Havana City Historian Eusebio Leal Spengler, director of the Old Havana Cuban Restoration Program, will describe the preservation, restoration and transformation of Cuba's capital city at 6 p.m. Sept. 12 at the National Press Club.

Reserve your seat by clicking here.

This event is free to members and the general public.

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Got the goods or some special skills? Consider donating them to the Fourth Estate's silent auction

September 5, 2013 | By Lori Russo |

This year’s Fourth Estate Award gala, honoring NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, will include a silent auction featuring items ranging from plane tickets to golf lessons with proceeds to benefit the National Press Club Journalism Institute.

If your organization has goods or services that can help raise money for the Institute, please consider offering them for the auction. All donations are tax deductible.

Contact Julie Schoo at or Lori Russo at for more information.

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Taste the best of craft beer with a multi-course dinner at the Fourth Estate, Sept. 12

September 5, 2013 | By Brent Gwathney |

Experience the California micro-brewery explosion with a five-course dinner featuring the best of North Coast Brewing Company at the National Press Club's Fourth Estate Restaurant at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 12.

The event is open to the public. Click here to reserve your tickets.

North Coast, founded in 1988, is among the nation's micro-brewing pioneers.

The dinner begins with an assortment of hors d'oeuvres, including barbecue pork sliders and cheese puffs served with Scrimshaw Pilsner.

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North Coast micro brews with dinner at NPC's Fourth Estate, Sept. 12

September 4, 2013 | By Susan Delbert |

National Press Club members and their friends are invited to experience the California micro-brewery explosion on Thursday, Sept. 12, in the Fourth Estate.

Try craft beers produced by North Coast Brewing Company paired with a five course dinner. North Coast was founded in 1988, making it one of the oldest micro-breweries in the country.

To purchase tickets, click here.

Six beers will be poured:

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Mexican ambassador to U.S. to speak on immigration, other issues Sept. 13

September 4, 2013 | By Herb Perone |

Eduardo Medina Mora, Mexico’s ambassador to the U.S., will discuss immigration, security, Mexico’s economy and his country’s role in the world at a Newsmaker news conference on Friday, Sept. 13 at 2 p.m. in the Murrow Room.

For more information, contact: Peter Hickman at

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Okla. Gov. Mary Fallin to discuss National Governors Association initiative on education and training at Sept. 17 luncheon

September 4, 2013 | By Matt Mlynarczyk |

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, newly-appointed chairwoman of the National Governors Association, will lay out her 2013-14 Chair’s Initiative, “America Works: Education and Training for Tomorrow’s Jobs,” at a National Press Club Luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 17.

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Investment powerhouse Schwab CEO to assess retirement in the U.S. at Nov. 11 luncheon

September 4, 2013 | By Donna Leinwand Leger |

Walter W. Bettinger, CEO of The Charles Schwab Corporation, one of the world’s largest investment companies, will tackle issues facing future retirees at a National Press Club luncheon on Nov. 11.

Bettinger, 52, presides over more than $2 trillion in client assets and 1.6 million retirement plan participants. As CEO since October 2008, Bettinger leads a workforce of 14,000 full-time employees in 300 offices in United States, London and Hong Kong, and sets strategies that guide the investment and savings of millions of people worldwide.

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