National Press Club

Observe 50th anniversary of Civil Rights Act with Freedom Riders Thursday, March 20

February 20, 2014 | By Joan B.Coyle |

Experience the incredible true story of Freedom Rider Joan Trumpauer Mulholland's courage to help change the world and see why The National Civil Rights Museum declared, "This film belongs alongside those of other freedom rights champions."

Join Mulholland, civil rights activist Dorie Ladner, Freedom Rider Reginald Green and writer/director Loki Mulholland for a screening of the documentary "An Ordinary Hero: The True Story of Joan Trumpauer Mulholland” followed by a panel discussion at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, March 20, 2014 in the National Press Club conference rooms.

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On-camera skill training March 15

February 20, 2014 | By Julie Schoo |

National Press Club member and veteran television reporter Andrea McCarren will teach on-camera skills in a two-hour workshop on Saturday, March 15 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in the NPC Broadcast Center.

This is a great opportunity for journalists and communicators to learn or improve their on-camera skills in an intensive 2-hour hands-on workshop. Through “mock interviews,” you’ll learn:

· How to craft and deliver meaningful sound bites for taped and live interviews

· How to be more comfortable and confident on camera

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If it's the last Wednesday, it's Lobster Night at the Fourth Estate

February 20, 2014 | By Susan Delbert |

The National Press Club's Fourth Estate restaurant is hosting Lobster Night, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 5:30-8:30pm, the last Wednesday of the month. Crustaceans are plentiful and will be swathed in butter to awaken your taste buds like a warm spring breeze (remember those?). 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. The regular Fourth Estate menu will be available for non-lobster lovers. Reservations are requested 24 hours in advance to assure a lobster; phone: 202-662-7638.

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A few tickets remain for Monday luncheon speech by Chairman of House Armed Services

February 20, 2014 | By Pat Host |

Tickets are running out for the National Press Club's luncheon with House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif., Monday, Feb. 24. at 12:30 p.m. in the Ballroom. McKeon will deliver the speech he says President Obama won't give about the administration's plans for Afghanistan.

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Last chance to reserve for Saturday's family event with Irish storyteller

February 20, 2014 | By Donna Leinwand Leger |

Don't miss Irish author and engaging storyteller Lara O’Brien, who will read from her children’s book, “Chesca and the Spirit of Grace,” and tell tales of Ireland's most famous Pirate Queen Grace O'Malley at an event for the whole family at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 at the National Press Club.

The event is appropriate for children ages 6 to 12.

To reserve your ticket or purchase a book, click here.

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Pub Quiz returns to Truman Lounge Thursday, March 13 with prizes galore

February 19, 2014 | By Joan B. Coyle |

It’s time once again to get that leftside of your brain in shape for an evening of trivia, food, drinks and prizes. After being snowed out in February, the National Press Club’s monthly Pub Quiz is back, packed with gag gifts and prizes for those who like to unleash their inner Cliff Clavin and showcase their knowledge on anything and everything, from movies and ‘80s music, to sports and politics. Sponsored by the Events Committee, Pub Quiz is a great opportunity to gather with friends over food and drinks and to meet new friends and members.

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Rescheduled Newsmaker Tuesday -- America's youth: more miserable than ever

February 18, 2014 | By Herb Perone, Chair, NPC Newsmakers Committee |

The official Youth Misery Index, as calculated by Young America’s Foundation (YAF), has hit a record high of 98.6. The index is calculated by adding figures for youth unemployment (at a near record high), average graduating student loan debt (at a record high) and the per capita national debt (also at a record high). YAF spokesperson Ashley Pratte will discuss the Youth Misery Index, the hardships that young people are experiencing and the resulting implications for the 2014 elections at a National Press Club Newsmakers news conference scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb.

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Humorist Dave Barry Returns to NPC March 6

February 18, 2014 | By Nicole Hoffman |

Pulitzer Prize-winner and New York Times best-selling author Dave Barry returns to the National Press Club at 1 p.m. on March 6 to discuss his new book, ”You Can Date Boys When You're Forty: Dave Barry on Parenting and Other Topics He Knows Very Little About.” The event will be in the Conference Rooms. A book signing will follow the discussion.

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Best breaking news broadcast stories of 2013 sought by the National Press Club Awards Program

February 17, 2014 | By By Will Lester |

Broadcast journalists: We are looking for the best broadcast news journalism done in 2013.

So please take a look for your best work from last year and submit it to the National Press Club’s 2014 Journalism Contest. The competition offers broadcast journalists a chance to have their work recognized by the Club.

The deadline to submit entries is April 1 and the contest is open to Press Club members and non-members. Offering broadcast news entries is free for NPC members and $50 for nonmembers.

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Take the kids to the Club Saturday for story hour with an Irish author, Bubble and Squeak

February 15, 2014 | By Donna Leinwand Leger |

Irish author and engaging storyteller Lara O’Brien will read from her children’s book, “Chesca and the Spirit of Grace,” at a book event at the National Press Club geared to children ages 6 to 12 on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 11 a.m.

Top it off with brunch at the Fourth Estate where Chef Susan Delbert has created some kid-friendly Irish fare, including the mysterious Bubble and Squeak, bright green pancakes and Irish oatmeal.

O’Brien will answer questions, tell tales of Ireland’s most famous Pirate Queen Grace O’Malley, and sign books following the reading.

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