National Press Club

Noted neurosurgeon Ben Carson to speak at NPC luncheon on May 28

March 20, 2014 | By Marilou Donahue |

Dr. Ben Carson, noted neurosurgeon and author of the new book "One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America's Future," will be the guest speaker at a National Press Club luncheon on May 28.

Dr. Carson was director of pediatric surgery at Johns Hopkins University Hospital until he retired last year. In 2008, he was awarded the Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush, and has received 38 honorary degrees and dozens of merit citations.

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March 26 Anthony Williams Newsmaker CANCELLED

March 20, 2014 | By Herb Perone |

The March 26 event featuring Pennsylvania Democratic State Senator and leading Philadelphia Mayoral candidate Anthony Williams has been cancelled.

Williams bowed out, citing a change in travel plans. He was originally scheduled to speak at a NPC Newsmakers news conference.

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Award honors the best in newsletter journalism

March 19, 2014 | By Lisa Friedman |

The law. Environmental regulations. Healthcare. Other areas of special interest. If you’re a journalist whose publication focuses on a particular industry, government agency or issue arena, the Newsletter Journalism Award may be for you.

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Rising Pennsylvania political star to discuss shale gas drilling, law enforcement

March 18, 2014 | By Herb Perone |

Pennsylvania Democratic State Senator and leading Philadelphia Mayoral candidate Anthony Williams will discuss a variety of issues at a Newsmakers news conference on Wednesday, March 26 at 4 p.m. in the National Press Club’s Murrow Room.

A rising African-American star on the political scene, he has served in Pennsylvania’s State Legislature since 1988. Williams, whose district includes large areas of Philadelphia, is a leading candidate and widely expected to run for Mayor in 2015.

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Contest award honors best journalism about elderly

March 18, 2014 | By Lisa Friedman

From exploring the ravages of Alzheimer's to investigating scams perpetrated against the elderly, the Joseph D. Ryle Award for Excellence in Writing on the Problems of Geriatrics rewards top reporting on aging.

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Upcoming book event on genocide

March 18, 2014 | By Joe David |

Why are some nations able to sidestep human rights violations despite their atrocious history?

Professor Hannibal Travis will address this subject on April 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the National Press Club when he joins Joe David in a discussion of genocide – the subject of David’s latest book, The Infidels.

For reservations, visit here. NPC members: $5; non-members: $10. Limited space available, RSVP as soon as possible.

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Align your content with your digital ad strategy, March 21

March 18, 2014 | By Nicole Hoffman |

Is your organization’s digital advertising strategy aligned with its content strategy? It should be.

Digital ads are a great way to drive traffic, but you may be losing ROI if you’re not thinking carefully about the kinds of content you’re targeting to each of your audiences. Whether your goal is to boost signups, letters to the Hill or social media engagement – to name a few – you must ensure that your digital ad buy, targeting and content are in sync with one another.

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Tickets still on sale for 50th anniversary show at National Press Club

March 17, 2014 | By Allyson Cannon |

Bill Jenkins and the Virginia Mountain Boys, who have been wowing audiences for more than 40 years with bluegrass, old-time mountain music, will return to the National Press Club for a 50th anniversary show on Friday, March 28.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with show time at 7:30 p.m. To order tickets, click here.

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NPC welcomes Irish Rose of Tralee during St. Patricks's Day festivities

March 17, 2014 | By Lorna Aldrich and Tony Culley-Foster |;

The National Press Club welcomed the reigning Rose of Tralee, Haley O'Sullivan, 25, of Dallas, Texas, at a March 15 lunch in the Club's Fourth Estate restaurant. She was selected through contests in communities in Ireland and countries with Irish descendants.

The town of Tralee in county Kerry in Southwest Ireland has held an August festival, during which the Rose of Tralee is selected, since 1959. Thirty-two finalist Roses attend the festival, with the ending ceremony and selection of the international Rose of Tralee being broadcast countrywide on Irish television and reported globally.

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Humorous writing to be rewarded in NPC journalism contest

March 17, 2014 | By Lisa Friedman

Consider whether you’ve got the funny writing touch to win the Angele Gingras Humor Award. Named for a longtime National Press Club member who found the funny in news coverage, this award in the National Press Club’s journalism contest honors humor writing.

Past winners have made judges giggle and snort with observations about how the former head of the CIA couldn’t even cover up a love affair; the experience of visiting a Wal-Mart; and life in the nation’s capital.

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