National Press Club

Pols v. press spelling bee set

August 25, 2013 | By Gilbert Klein |

One hundred years ago, the National Press Club organized a spelling bee, pitting members of Congress against Washington reporters. In 1913, President Wilson attended, a member of his Cabinet moderated and an Ohio congressman won.

On Sept. 18, 2013, the Press Club is reprising the "Best Speller in the United States" competition, to celebrate Washington, D.C., history, promote education and raise money for the Club's non-profit Journalism Institute. Merriam-Webster will provide the words and the pronouncer. Washington satirist Mark Russell will make a special appearance.

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Newsmaker panel to discuss Egypt tomorrow, Aug. 27

August 23, 2013 | By Herb Perone |

A panel of experts in Middle East policy will appear at a Newsmakers news conference on Tuesday, Aug. 27, at 10 a.m. in the Zenger Room to discuss the current crisis in Egypt and the forces that will shape Egypt's future, including U.S. involvement there.

The panel includes Stephen McInerney, Executive Director of Project on Middle East Democracies; Michele Dunne, Director, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East at the Atlantic Council; and Tamara Cofman Wittes, Senior Fellow and Director of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution.


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Rapidly-growing threats to America and the global community will take center stage at Sept. 10 Luncheon featuring CDC director Frieden

August 23, 2013 | By Doris Margolis |

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

In his talk, “The Cough Heard ‘Round the World: CDC and Health Security,” he 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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Upcoming National Press Club luncheons

August 22, 2013 | By Melinda Cooke |

NPC Luncheons are open to credentialed members of the media. Luncheon tickets are open to the public except where noted as "members and guests only".

For more information go to or email
All NPC Luncheons are held in the National Press Club Ballroom unless otherwise noted.

The upcoming series includes:

Aug. 29: Ben Jealous, President and CEO, NAACP
Topic: The Trayvon Martin case and stand your ground laws.

Sept. 10: Thomas R. Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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CDC Director to discuss U.S. and global health threats Sept. 10

August 22, 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 a Tuesday, September 10 National Press Club luncheon. The title of his talk will be “The Cough Heard ‘Round the World: CDC and Health Security.” He 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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Mission in a bottle: The honest guide to doing business differently

August 21, 2013 | By Julie Schoo |

The founders of Honest Tea will discuss their new book on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. in the National Press Club's Conference Rooms.

Join Seth Goldman and Barry Nalebuff, founders of Honest Tea, a local business phenomenon that has successfully maintained a mission-driven brand in a profit-driven world, for a lively discussion about their new book, “Mission in a Bottle: the Honest Guide to Doing Business Differently – and Succeeding.”

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Women media entrepreneurs summit: Making new ideas happen, Sept. 12

August 19, 2013 | By Julie Schoo |

A day-long summit featuring women media entrepreneurs who have launched media projects, large and small, is set for 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 12, in the Conference Rooms of the National Press Club.

The women will share how they are moving their ideas forward and offer advice on the best digital tools and strategies that can be used for media projects.

Registration is required. The cost, including breakfast and lunch, is $35 for the public and $25 for NPC members. To register and view the agenda click. Club members should log in to view the discount code.

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Beat the deadline DEADLINES approaching for Sept. 7 race

August 18, 2013 | By Melinda Cooke |

We are only 3 weeks away from the 16th Annual National Press Club BEAT THE DEADLINE 5K on Saturday, Sept. 7.

The early bird registration deadline has been extended to Aug. 20. After that, the registration rate for runners goes up to $35, and will be $40 on race day.

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Screening of PBS landmark series Latino Americans with book signing on Sept. 11

August 15, 2013 | By Aileen Roberta Schlef and Josue Lopez Calderon |;

The National Press Club will hold an advance screening of the PBS landmark series, Latino Americans: The 500-Year Legacy That Shaped A Nation, with companion book signing by PBS NewsHour Senior Correspondent Ray Suarez. The event is on Sept. 11, 2013, at 6 p.m. in the Club's Ballroom.

This is a ticketed event: general admission $5, free for members. Click here to jump to the ticket form

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Lewis and Young join "Kalb Report" on March on Washington

August 14, 2013 | By Gilbert Klein |

Civil rights leaders Rep. John Lewis of Georgia and former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young have been added to the panel for the Aug. 27 “Kalb Report” to talk about the 1963 March on Washington and the significance of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

Lewis also spoke during the march, and Young was an assistant to King.

They join the already scheduled panel members, civil rights leader Julian Bond, PBS NewsHour anchor Gwen Ifill, Morehouse College President Dr. John Wilson and Dorothy Gilliam, the first African-American woman reporter for the Washington Post.

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