National Press Club

Tickets Still Available for Club Luncheon with IMF Head

January 12, 2014 | By Kasia Klimasinska |

Tickets are still available for Wednesday's Club luncheon with International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde. She will speak immediately after returning from a trip to Africa.

Wednesday's lunch will begin at 1 p.m., different from the customary schedule, with the speech and question-and-answer session beginning at 1:30.

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This Week in National Press Club History

January 12, 2014 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein |

Jan. 12, 1950: Secretary of State Dean Acheson outlines at a Club luncheon an American “defense perimeter” in the Far East that notably excludes Korea and Taiwan. This omission may have convinced the Soviet Union to arm North Korea with enough modern weapons to invade South Korea that same year.

Jan. 13, 1981: Musician Stevie Wonder advocates for the establishment of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday as a federal holiday at a luncheon.

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Club photographer Noel St. John wins top volunteer award

January 9, 2014 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. |

A ubiquitous figure at National Press Club events was named the organization's top volunteer in 2013.

Noel St. John, the Club's photo coordinator since 2010 and a member of the Photography Committee, won the Berny Krug Award for the many hours he has dedicated to managing the volunteer photographers who covered more than 100 Club events last year.

St. John also shoots dozens of Club activities himself, providing images that appear in the Wire, on the Club website and in its archives.

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Setting business goals for 2014: Workshop for self-employed professionals

January 9, 2014 | By Julie Schoo |

A smart CEO (that is you freelancer and independent worker!) understands the value of setting goals for the New Year to move his or her business to the next level. The process involves a fair amount of introspection into values, visions, strengths and weaknesses.

Serial media entrepreneur Hannes Luth of Wunderbar Media will help you map out your 2014 goals in a three-hour interactive workshop sponsored by the NPC Journalism Institute. The session will be held on Jan. 17, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Bloomberg Room.

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China’s unmanned moon landing, space industry news in NPC podcast Update-1

January 8, 2014 | By Mike Hempen |

Update-1, the National Press Club’s new podcast, sets its sights on the stars (or at least interplanetary travel) with a rundown of activities by the U.S. and other space-faring nations.

Frank Morring, Jr., a Press Club member and senior space editor at Aviation Week & Space Technology, reviews recent civil and military developments from China’s first unmanned moon landing to successful International Space Station supply missions by U.S.-based commercial launch providers.

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Enjoy magic with dinner, Jan. 15

January 8, 2014 | By Larry Lipman |

The third Wednesday of every month will be Magic Night at the National Press Club restaurants.

Magician Noland Montgomery will perform walk-around, close-up magic tableside in the Reliable Source and Fourth Estate restaurants on Wednesday, Jan. 15 from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.

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Tonight is Jazz Night in the Fourth Estate

January 8, 2014 | By Susan Delbert |

Tonight is “Jazz Night” in the Fourth Estate restaurant. After the Vivian Awards, stroll by to hear some great music provided by members of the Blues Alley Youth Orchestra.

Musicians are graduates of top music conservatories and among the most talented instrumentalists in the DC area. The playlist is different each month. The quality of the music and the skills of these musicians are amazing. They will play from 6 pm to 8 pm during dinner as background music.

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Save the date! Top Chef contender Carla Hall of ABC's "The Chew" to host dinner on April 8

January 7, 2014 | By Donna Leinwand Leger |

Carla Hall, co-host of ABC's "The Chew" and a Top Chef contender, will host a dinner April 8 at the Fourth Estate restaurant.

The multi-course meal will feature dishes created from recipes in Hall's soon-to-be-published cookbook, "Carla's Comfort Foods: Favorite Dishes from Around the World."

Watch The Wire for an announcement about ticket sales.

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Saturday brunch Louisiana favorites in the Fourth Estate

January 7, 2014 | By Susan Delbert |

Mary Matalin and James Carville will discuss their book, “LOVE & WAR: 20 Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home,” in the National Press Club Ballroom this Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, from 11 am to 12:30 pm. This portends to be a rousing, raucous, revealing discussion by two well-known, well-connected politicos.

Before or after the presentation, enjoy a little taste of Louisiana in the Fourth Estate Restaurant. The restaurant will open early at 10 am and serve Beignets and Chicory Coffee from 10 am to 11:30 am.

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Investigating Washington: One-day workshop on Jan. 11

January 7, 2014 | By Jonathan D. Salant | Jonathan D. Salant

Julie Rovner of National Public Radio, Tom Hamburger of the Washington Post and other top journalists will be among the speakers at a one-day workshop on investigating Washington co-sponsored by the National Press Club Journalism Institute, the club's Professional Development Committee, and Investigative Reporters and Editors.

Club President Angela Greiling Keane will deliver closing remarks.

Topics include following the money, investigating a member of Congress and covering national security and health care.

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