National Press Club

Panel calls sanctions an effective tool to protect press, but only if actually used

February 12, 2019 | By Justin Duckham |

The assassination of The Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi sparked outrage on Capitol Hill,prompting a bipartisan collection of senators to trigger an investigation under the Global Magnitsky Act, a panel of human rights experts told a National Press Club audience Monday.

The Act is a 2016 law that sets the stage for levying sanctions against individuals responsible for human rights violations.

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Freed hostage Rezaian says return not always easy

February 12, 2019 | By Wesley G. Pippert |

Freed Iranian hostage Jason Rezaian of The Washington Post, happily reunited with his wife and thankful for their “wonderful reception,” called their 37 months of freedom “a full ride, sometimes rocky.”

“It’s not been easy,” Rezaian said Monday evening at a National Press Club Headliners Book Rap, which was held to note publication of his book, "Prisoner."

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Journalism award recognizes the best work on aging

February 10, 2019 | By Will Lester |

The National Press Club journalism contest offers an award for the best journalism from 2018 on aging.

The Joseph D. Ryle Award for Excellence in Writing on the Problems of Geriatrics rewards top reporting on aging. Named after Joseph D. Ryle, a longtime National Press Club member, the $750 award honors excellence and objectivity in coverage of the problems faced by the elderly.

To apply, please submit one article or a series of no more than five articles on a consistent topic that appeared in either broadcast, a general circulation newspaper or an online journalism site last year.

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Jill Abramson, former NYT executive editor, to discuss "Merchants of Truth" amid controversy, Feb. 14

February 10, 2019 | By Donna Leinwand Leger |

Award-winning journalist Jill Abramson, former executive editor of The New York Times, will discuss her controversial new book at a Headliners breakfast at 9 a.m. Feb. 14 in the National Press Club’s Fourth Estate Restaurant.

Abramson has defended the book, “Merchants of Truth: The Business of News and the Fight for Facts," after a correspondent at "Vice News Tonight" accused her of plagiarizing several sentences in the book. Vice News is one of the news organizations that Abramson profiles in the book.

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NPC in History: What Martin Luther King told the Club

February 9, 2019 | By Gilbert Klein |

Perhaps one of the most important – and, ironically, quickly forgotten – speeches made at the National Press Club was on July 19, 1962, when Martin Luther King Jr. was the first African-American speaker at a luncheon forum.

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Journalism contest seeks best consumer reporting

February 8, 2019 | By Will Lester |

The National Press Club wants to see your best work in consumer journalism from 2018, both in print and broadcast for the Club’s annual journalism contest.

These awards recognize excellence in reporting on consumer topics. Judges will look more favorably on solution-oriented or strategic-oriented pieces that prompt action by consumers, the community, the government or an individual. The deadline to enter is Monday, April 15.

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NPC in History: Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft drop in

February 7, 2019 | By Gilbert Klein |

The National Press Club’s home from 1909 to 1914 covered two stories above a drugstore facing 15th St. at the corner with F Street. At one time, one of the city’s great early landmarks, the Rhodes Tavern, occupied this building, and a historical plaque on the current edifice attests to the importance of both the Club and the tavern to the city’s social life.

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Journalism contest recognizes your best regional reporting

February 7, 2019 | By Will Lester |

The reporters who cover politicians and issues in Washington from a regional perspective are eligible for an award from the National Press Club's annual journalism contest. This $750 prize recognizes the work of Washington-based regional reporters who provide a clear understanding of events, issues and politics of importance to a city, state or region.

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Step back in time at a festive 1920s cocktail party, dinner, March 5

February 5, 2019 | By Donna Leinwand Leger |

Cocktail historian Philip Greene will lead you on a journey back to the 'Roaring Twenties' with cocktails from his latest book at the Fourth Estate restaurant on Tuesday, March 5.

Diners will sample retro cocktails, including The Bees Knees and The Boulevardier, from "A Drinkable Feast," while enjoying passed hors d'oeuvres and dinner.

The evening begins with hors d’oeuvres at 6:30 p.m. Dinner follows at 7 p.m.

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Celebrate Galantine's with gal friends or Valentine's with a special friend, Feb. 13 or 14

February 5, 2019 | By Susan Delbert |

Celebrate Galantine’s Day, Wednesday, Feb. 13, with your favorite gal pals or Valentine’s Day, Thursday, Feb. 14, when The Fourth Estate will offer a special fixe price dinner menu to celebrate both occasions.

Reservations are flexible on Galentine’s Day but limited to two seating’s, at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., on Valentine’s Day. The price for the menu is $65 per non-member and $56 per Club member. Tax, gratuity and beverage are additional.

The special menu is listed below.

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