National Press Club

Club's 'Update-1' Podcast Turns to Press Freedom

November 24, 2013 | By Mike Hempen, Broadcast Committee member |

Broadcast Committee member

Press freedom will be the next topic featured on the National Press Club’s new podcast, Update-1. Moderator Monica Coleman will discuss this enduring subject with NPC President Angela Greiling Keane and Freedom of the Press Committee Chair John Donnelly. The episode, due to run in December, follows recent ones on the economy, Fourth Estate Award winner Andrea Mitchell and the recent federal government shutdown,

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Making the Freedom of Information Act Work for You

November 21, 2013 | By Julie Schoo |

Need documentary evidence on government activity promptly and for a reasonable fee? Dramatically improve the quality and speed of your Freedom of Information Act responses with pointed request and appeal skills taught by veteran journalist and Freedom of the Press Committee member, Lisette Garcia, J.D.

The workshop will be held 6:30-8:00 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, in the Zenger Room. An Internet-capable laptop required.

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Late NPC Member Ike Pappas Recounts Chilling Moments of Oswald Murder for Club’s Oral History Project

November 21, 2013 | By Marc A. Wojno |

Ike Pappas, legendary broadcast journalist and late Club member, shared his detailed and chilling accounts of his coverage of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, in a 2006 interview for the Club’s Oral History project. A 20-minute excerpt of this interview is available on the Club’s website (click here) in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Kennedy.

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Satisfied Customers for NPC Online Voting

November 20, 2013

I want to send my profound thanks to the National Press Club for finally allowing members to vote online. As a member who lives overseas, there are very few benefits to continuing to pay annual dues and one of the biggest privileges is the right to vote.

When a member is not allowed to exercise his or her right to vote (because they live outside the Metro DC area or farther or because they may be bed-ridden), it dampens what the club stands for -- free expression, fraternity.

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Countdown to Pre-Thanksgiving Magic

November 18, 2013 | By Larry Lipman |

Don’t hesitate. Call today and make reservations for the night before Thanksgiving for your family and guests in the Club's Reliable Source or Fourth Estate restaurants where you will be entertained with magic. Members of the Society of American Magicians who meet monthly at the National Press Club will perform up-close, table-side magic from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 27, The magic will be so close, some of it could happen right in your hands! Reserve your table now: Call (202) 662-7638 for the Fourth Estate; (202) 662-7443 for the Reliable Source.

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TONIGHT'S Book Fair Roast Beef Sold Out, But Books Are Plentiful

November 18, 2013 | By Bill McCloskey |

The traditional Book Fair roast beef dinner in the Club's Reliable Source restaurant is sold out, indicating high interest for Tuesday night's 36th annual Book Fair & Authors night starting at 5:30 p.m.

The event promises a robust crowd of booklovers, journalists and politicos seeking the latest titles across the genres –- from cookbooks and childrens stories to history, sports, memoirs and mysteries -- and a chance to mingle with 100 of the nation’s best authors. You’re sure to find the ideal gift for a book lover of any age or interest.

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This Week In National Press Club History

November 18, 2013 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein |

Nov. 8, 1961: Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson performs at the President’s Ball.

Nov. 17, 1988: Tom Clancy, author of internationally popular thrillers, signs copies of his latest novel, "The Cardinal of the Kremlin," at the Club’s annual Book Fair.

Nov. 18, 1985: Zubin Mehta, music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the New York Philharmonic, at a luncheon urges support for the performing arts.

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Seats Going Fast for Friday's Kalb Report on JFK Assassination with Dan Rather

November 18, 2013 | By Gil Klein |

Fifty years ago, Dan Rather was in the thick of the President John F. Kennedy assassination story as a young CBS News reporter in Dallas while Marvin Kalb reported on the staggering developments for CBS in Washington.

On Friday, Nov. 22 –- the exact 50th anniversary of the assassination –- these two legends of journalism will meet on "The Kalb Report" at 8:00 p.m. in the Ballroom to talk about reporting the unthinkable, the profound impact the assassination has had on America and the life and legacy of President Kennedy.

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Post Reporter to Discuss His Narrative on Peace Activists

November 17, 2013 | By Sarah Driggs, Director of Membership Retention | sdriggs@press,org

The Washington Post’s Dan Zak will be the featured speaker at the 7 p.m. Nov. 25th Young Members’ event in the McClendon Room.

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Wednesday: New Report Says Corporate Espionage Against Nonprofit Groups Increasing

November 17, 2013 | By Herb Perone, NPC Newsmaker Chair and Event Host |

Essential Information -- a Washington-based nonprofit dedicated to increasing citizen involvement in communities –- will present what they call findings documenting the recent spread of corporate espionage against nonprofit public interest groups. The study will be released at a National Press Club Newsmaker news conference at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 20 in the Zenger Room.

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