National Press Club

Associated Press CEO to speak on seizure of phone records at luncheon June 19

June 11, 2013 | By Melinda Cooke | mcooke@press.org

Gary Pruitt, president and CEO of The Associated Press, will address a National Press Club luncheon on Wednesday, June 19. Pruitt will discuss “the unconstitutional seizure of AP phone records and the way forward.”

Pruitt has been an outspoken advocate for the rights of journalists in recent weeks after it became public that the U.S. Justice Department had subpoenaed two months of phone records from Associated Press reporters as part of a leak investigation. Pruitt said the seizure will have a chilling effect on journalism.

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Threat to historic city of Tyre is topic of Newsmaker today, 3 p.m.

June 11, 2013 | By Herb Perone | herb@peronecomm.com

A new report on the threats to one of the world’s most historic cities – the ancient Phoenician city of Tyre, Lebanon -- will be the focus of a National Press Club Newsmaker news conference on Wednesday, June 12, at 3 p.m. in the club’s Zenger Room.

Tyre is ranked with Carthage on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. It is endangered by conflict in Lebanon that has spilled over from the civil war in neighboring Syria.

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Participants have 'roaring' good time on Travel Committee trip to Africa

June 10, 2013 | By Kathie R. Scarrah | dcspindr@yahoo.com

There's something about coming across a bachelor group of lions in the wild that makes you ask "What am I doing here and can I get closer for a better shot (with a camera, not a gun)?"

Fifteen feet separated participants on the recent National Press Club Travel Committee-sponsored trip to Africa from the lions. Shooting frames of photos from the open-top Land Rover, you rethink the stupidity of moving closer when you see the beasts' ferocious canine teeth.

There are two ways to describe the "kill shot" and the risk of being on the losing side is too high.

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This Week in National Press Club History: Wendell Willkie, Pentagon Papers

June 10, 2013 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein | eksmithb@verizon.net

June 12, 1940: Wendell H. Willkie speaks at a sweltering Club luncheon during his dark horse campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. A former Democrat who had never before run for office, Willkie trails his three opponents -- famous organized crime fighter and front-runner Thomas E. Dewey, Ohio Senator Robert A. Taft and Michigan Senator and former journalist Arthur H. Vandenberg. Asked at the off-the record luncheon why he had left the Democratic party, he replied, “I did not leave my party.

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Climate change's impact on U.S. coastal communities is topic of documentary film screening June 18

June 6, 2013 | By megan@thehatchergroup.com | megan@thehatchergroup.com

For many Americans who were not convinced that climate change would affect their lives, Hurricane Sandy was a "game changer" that turned complacency into new national concern over the link between rising sea levels and a warmer climate.

That link, and its implications for residents of U.S. coastal communities, is examined by a new documentary film, "Shored Up," that will be screened at the National Press Club on Tuesday, June 18.

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Get inside story of Discovery empire from founder John Hendricks at Book Rap June 27

June 6, 2013 | By Nicole Hoffman | nhoffman@press.org

The founder and executive chairman of Discovery Communications, John Hendricks, will discuss his new book, “A Curious Discovery,” in conversation with award-winning journalist Paula Zahn at the Club on Thursday, June 27, at 6:30 p.m.

For required registration, click here. Tickets are $5 for NPC members, $10 for the public. A book signing will follow the discussion. Proceeds benefit the non-profit National Press Club Journalism Institute.

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Coming June 26: Special screening of documentary film on Latinos in America

June 6, 2013 | By Aileen Roberta Schlef | creativealliance@msn.com

NPC's The International Correspondents Committee will present a special screening of “Harvest of Empire: The Untold Story of Latinos in America,” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, in the Conference Rooms.

Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-Ill.), a strong advocate for pro-immigration reform who has succeeded in gaining significant bipartisan alliances on the issue, will give closing remarks after the film is shown.

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Steve Berry to talk about his new thriller at June 19 booksigning

June 4, 2013 | By Nicole Hoffman | nhoffman@press.org

Steve Berry, New York Times and No. 1 internationally best-selling author, will discuss his newest thriller, "The King's Deception," at the Club at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 19. A book signing will follow the discussion.

Registration is required by clicking here. Tickets are free for National Press Club members and $5 for nonmembers. This event is a fundraiser for the National Press Club Journalism Institute. No outside books will be permitted.

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Space still available for Club trip to Gettysburg this Saturday

June 4, 2013 | By Pat Schoeni | pqschoeni@aol.com

A few seats on the bus remain for the National Press Club's trip to the Gettysburg Battlefield, site of the Civil War's most famous battle, this Saturday, June 8. The bus will depart from 14th and F Streets -- around the corner from the National Press Building -- at 8 a.m. To sign up, call Richard Meyer at 703-356-6884.

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Documentary film screening June 18 to highlight current impact of climate change on U.S. coastal communities

June 4, 2013 | By Megan Cotten | megan@thehatchergroup.com

Hurricane Sandy,a "game changer" for many Americans who were not convinced that climate change would affect them, has provoked new interest in the link between rising sea levels and a warmer climate.

On Tuesday, June 18, filmmaker Ben Kalina will screen at the National Press Club his new documentary, "Shored Up," which explains that link and implications for residents of coastal states.

The screening will be preceded by a reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. and followed by a brief conversation among sea-level rise experts and the audience. The film will begin at 6:30 p.m.

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