National Press Club

This Week in National Press Club History

May 29, 2013 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein |

May 29, 1941: General George C. Marshall, Army Chief of Staff, who would build and direct the largest army in history during World War II, gives his first address to the National Press Club. He would later become Secretary of State, then Secretary of Defense, and win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1953. Marshall had served as aide-de-camp to General John “Black Jack” Pershing during the First World War. Pershing later became an associate member of the National Press Club, and gave his name to the American Legion Post 20, formed at the Club by veterans of that war. It continues to this day.

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Line Up for Lobster Tonight

May 29, 2013 | By Brent Gwathney |

The Club's monthly lobster night is tonight, 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Fourth Estate Restaurant.

Members pay $25; non-members $30 for a steamed 1 ¼ pound Maine Lobster with coleslaw (or salad) and choice of French fries or oven-crisped new potatoes. A limited number of lobsters are available even if you haven't reserved; to check on them, call 202-662-7638.

The regular Fourth Estate menu will be available for non-lobster lovers and desserts include chocolate and raspberry mousse, strawberry shortcake and sorbets from Moorenkos of Silver Spring.

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So You Want to Be a TV Star

May 23, 2013 | By Mike Soraghan |

"You're not anyone in America unless you're on TV," was a line Nicole Kidman tossed out in a 90's movie.

Marital missteps put her character's career on ice, but the advice still holds. Television and radio appearances can broaden the reach of a print story, and advance the careers of the reporters who wrote them. But if your publication doesn't have publicists to line up such appearances, it falls to you, and it can be difficult to navigate the new terrain.

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"We Haz Jazz" in the Fourth Estate Restaurant

May 23, 2013 | By Susan Delbert |

The Fourth Estate Restaurant's monthly Jazz Night takes place Wednesday, June 5. The event will be held in conjunction with Blues Alley in Georgetown.

This month's event falls on the first night of the DC Jazz Festival and will feature members of the Blues Alley Youth Orchestra. Musicians are graduates of top music conservatories.

They will play from 6-8 pm in the restaurant dinner as background music. There is no cover charge. There will be unique offers from Blues Alley for performance discounts and jazz items.

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Channel 9's Investigative Reporter to Address Young Members

May 22, 2013 | By Patrick Host |

Russ Ptacek, investigative reporter for WUSA Channel 9, will be the next speaker at Young Members Committee's "Piano Lessons." The event will take place beginning at 6:30 pm Wednesday, June 5, in the McClendon Room.

Ptacek has won awards for his investigations and is a speaker at journalism conferences.

The cost is free for members and $5 for nonmembers.

Questions? Contact Pat Host at

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If It's the Last Wednesday, It Must Be Lobster Night

May 22, 2013 | By Brent Gwathney |

May 29 is the last Wednesday of the month, and that means Lobster Night at the Fourth Estate Restaurant.

Steamed 1 1/4-pound lobsters will be served from 5:30-8:30 pm, along with cole slaw or salad, and French fries or oven-crisped new potatoes.

The cost is $25 for members and $30 for nonmembers. Please reserve at least 24 hours in advance at 202-662-7638. A very limited number of lobsters will be available for those without reservations.

Don't like lobster? The regular Fourth Estate menu will be available.

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Cronkite's Grandson to Discuss Book of Anchorman's Letters from Europe

May 21, 2013 | By Nicole Hoffman |

Walter Cronkite IV and historian Maurice Isserman will discuss and sign copies of their book, "Cronkite's War: His World War II Letters Home," at 6:30 pm June 4 at the Club.

Registration is required at Tickets are free for NPC members, $5 general public. This event is a fundraiser for the NPC Journalism Institute and no outside books will be permitted.

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Panel Disagrees on Prospects for New Immigration Law

May 21, 2013 | By Lorna Aldrich |

Members of a panel on immigration disagreed on prospects for legislation in 2013 at a May 20 event co-sponsored by the Club’s International Correspondents Committee and International Center for Journalism.

Luis Miranda, former director of Hispanic media for President Barack Obama, said Congress would overhaul U.S. immigration laws. Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies, said Congress wouldn't act. Cindy Carcamo, a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, and Jeffrey S. Passel of the Pew Hispanic Center said they were uncertain.

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Sequestration's Impact Felt by Defense Industry, Newsmaker Panel Says

May 21, 2013 | By Monica Coleman and Richard Alan Coleman Jr. |

Defense contractors are having a tough time under sequestration, the automatic across-the-board spending cuts that took effect when President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans couldn't agree on an alternative.

That's according to a panel of industry chief executive officers at a Club Newsmaker May 16.

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Meat Lovers' Dinner on Tap for May 21

May 19, 2013 | By Susan Delbert |

A multi-course dinner with certified Angus beef dinner and paired wines from Rodney Strong is on tap at the Fourth Estate restaurant on Tuesday, May 21.

The meal will feature beef-focused hors d'oeuvres, including beef satay and flatiron steak. Four beef-themed courses include a soup, a grilled Certified Angus Hanger steak salad, a surf and turf course, and as a main dish, the king of beef, a certified Angus prime rib.

Each course will be paired with an appropriate wine from Strong, a renowned Sonoma County winemaker whose bold reds are the perfect match for great beef.

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