National Press Club

This Week in National Press Club History: Obama and Clooney discuss Darfur

April 22, 2013 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein |

April 27, 2006: Barack Obama, U.S. Senator from Illinois (2005-2008) and future President of the United States, participates in a panel discussion on human rights abuses in Darfur, Sudan, with actor/activist George Clooney and Senator Sam Brownback (R-Kansas), attracting the largest attendance ever of journalists at a National Press Club event.

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Turning point in Malaysia: Will the ruling coalition finally lose power?

April 21, 2013 | By Herb Perone |

Ahead of Malaysia's May 5 general election, John Mallott, former U.S. Ambassador to Malaysia and one of the foremost experts on the Asian country's politics, will analyze the forces at play that could make the polls a historic turning point for this significant U.S. trading partner and military ally.

He will speak at a National Press Club Newsmaker event on Wednesday, April 24, at 2 p.m. in the NPC's Zenger Room.

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War, nature, and the quest for gold: Famous filmmaker to show clips on May 20

April 21, 2013 | By Megan Cotten |

From the Vatican to Venezuela, from Berbers to buffaloes, from gauchos to gold, the documentaries of Judith Dwan Hallet span the map of the world. A documentary filmmaker for over 40 years, Hallet will discuss her career and her adventures making films.

The event will take place on May 20, at 7:00 p.m., in the National Press Club conference rooms. It is free for club members and $5 for nonmembers. To register, ( There will be free refreshments and popcorn, and a cash bar.

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Educators urge closing opportunity gap on `Nation at Risk' anniversary, April 25

April 21, 2013 | By Herb Perone |

On the 30th anniversary of the landmark education reform report, A Nation at Risk, which spawned a decades-long focus on closing the academic “achievement gap” between low-income and minority children and their peers, three leading educators will call for a radical change in educators’ focus – to close the “opportunity gap.”

This National Press Club Newsmakers news conference is on Thursday, April 25, at 10 a.m in the NPC's Zenger Room.

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Award-winning photographer to discuss Belarus photos at NPC on April 23

April 21, 2013 | By Darlene Shields |

Bill Crandall, award-winning freelance photographer, will speak at a joint luncheon meeting of the Photography and International Correspondents Committees on Tuesday, April 23, at noon in the McClendon Room of the National Press Club.

Crandall will discuss his book, "The Waiting Room," the result of a nine-year project documenting life in post-Soviet Belarus. The book won 2nd place in the FotoWeekDC's 2012 international awards in photojournalism/print.

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Screening of 'Countdown to May Day' with documentary filmmaker Leigh Simons

April 21, 2013 | By Allyson Cannon |

You are invited to the screening of the sports documentary "Countdown to May Day," a profile of the highly anticipated boxing matches between undefeated eight-time World Champion Floyd Mayweather and six-time world Champion Robert Guerrero, as well as undefeated two-time World champion Abner Mares versus two-time World Champion Daniel Ponce de Leon.

The show starts 6:30 p.m. on April 24 in the National Press Club's conference rooms.

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Panel to discuss untold story of American sex trafficking victims, April 22, 6 p.m.

April 19, 2013 | By Mary David |

The National Press Club will hold a panel discussion on the untold story of American sex trafficking victims on April 22 at 6 p.m. in the conference rooms.

The event is free for members, $5 for general admission. This is a ticketed event. Click here to jump to the ticket form.

Speakers include a former CIA operative who has rescued Americans trafficked abroad and a survivor of sex trafficking from Washington, D.C.

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National Press Club plans Newsmaker on the cost of fixing infrastructure

April 18, 2013 | By Joe Sparks |

At a National Press Club Newsmaker press conference on April 23, the president of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Gregory DiLoreto, plans to review America’s infrastructure problems and outline the steps and funding necessary to restore it.

The Newsmaker is scheduled for 10 a.m. in the NPC's Bloomberg Room. NPC Newsmakers are open to members and the working press.

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NPC plans discussion of foreign correspondents’ impact on international relations on April 29

April 18, 2013 | By Myron Belkind |

Giovanna Dell'Orto, a journalism professor, a former reporter with the Associated Press in Italy and the United States and a new member of the National Press Club, plans to discuss her new book, American Journalism and International Relations: Foreign Correspondence from the Early Republic to the Digital Era, at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 29, in the NPC's Zenger Room.

The event, sponsored by the International Correspondents Committee, is open to the public, but reservations, including professional affiliation, should be made at

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National Press Club offers LinkedIn workshop for journalists on April 24 at 9:30 a.m.

April 17, 2013 | By Nicole Hoffman |

The National Press Club's Journalism Institute plans to host a workshop on how LinkedIn can be useful for journalists on April 24 at 9:30 a.m. in the NPC's Bloomberg Room.

Registration is required at The charge is $5 for NPC members, $15 for non-members.

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