National Press Club

First black Miss Israel embraces Ethiopian roots

October 2, 2013 | By Lou Priebe

Miss Israel Yityish "Titi" Aynaw, the country's first Ethiopian-born pageant queen, visited the Naitonal Press Club Sept. 25 as part of a U.S. tour.

Aynaw, orphaned as a child and sent to live with her grandparents in Israel, is part of a small community of Ethiopian Jews.

Aynaw, who became a model after completing her service in the Israeli Army, toured the Club and met with reporters and Club members. Club Vice President Myron Belkind presented Aynaw with the traditional NPC coffee mug.

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Panel on TV Advertising's Future Scheduled for Oct. 7

October 2, 2013 | By Allyson Cannon |

The future of TV advertising will be the subject of a ``Get It Online'' program from 8:30-10:30 on Monday, Oct. 7, in the Conference Rooms.

TV commercials, from Johnson's ``Daisy'' to Reagan’s “Morning in America,” have been defining elements in campaigns for decades. But do they have a future when more Americans use smartphones and the Internet rather than watch television?

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"Game Change" to Be Shown at Dinner and a Movie Night Oct. 10

October 2, 2013 | By Allyson Cannon |

It’s Xlub Election Season. Dine in the Reliable Source for Dinner and a Movie Night, Thursday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m., where this month’s featured film is "Game Change." The HBO political film is based on the events of the 2008 presidential election campaign that pitted Barack Obama against John McCain .

The cast includes Julianne Moore, Ed Harris and Woody Harrelson. The film earned three Golden Globe awards and five prime-time Emmy awards.

No reservations are necessary. For questions, please contact the Reliable Source at

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Famed Photographer John Launois Is Subject of Exhibit and Book Rap

October 2, 2013 | By Nicole Hoffman |

The Club is featuring an exhibit of the works of the late photojournalist John Launois, and a discussion of his book, ``L'Americain: A Photojournalist's Life,'' by his son and coauthor Chris Pan Launois. Launois recorded some of the most iconic images of the 1960s, including presidents, the Beatles, Malcolm X, wars, riots, and natural disasters.

The reception will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, in the Holeman Lounge and feature a cash bar and hors d'oeuvres. The discussion will begin at 6:45 p.m. and conclude with a book signing.

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Panelists to Discuss the Right to Photograph and Record in Public

October 2, 2013 | By Darlene Shields |

In support of Free Speech Week, the Club's Photography Committee will sponsor a panel discussion on the "Right to Photograph and Record in Public," on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 6-8 pm, in the Club's conference rooms. The panel will be moderated by Mickey H. Osterreicher, general counsel to the National Press Photographers Association.

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Jazz Night Returns to Fourth Estate Restaurant Tonight

October 1, 2013 | By Jake Serwer |

Jazz Night returns to the Fourth Estate Restaurant during dinner tonight.

Members of the Blues Alley Youth Orchestra will play from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. as background music. To reserve, click here or call 202-662-7638.

The restaurant will host the event with Blues Alley, Georgetown’s home for jazz. In addition to great music, there will be culinary jazz specials of oysters Rockefeller, oysters Bienville and okra gumbo with rice and beans.

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Tickets for Takei Luncheon Limited to Members and Guests Through Friday

October 1, 2013 | By Erik Meltzer |

Actor and gay rights advocate George Takei, best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu on ``Star Trek'' will speak about LGBT issues at a Club luncheon on Friday, Oct. 18.

Sulu was the helmsman aboard the USS Enterprise in the original Star Trek television series, and later was promoted to captain of the USS Excelsior. Takei has become and outspoken advocate for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people and for the rights of Japanese-Americans.

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Using Social Media Is Subject of Friday Breakfast at the Club

October 1, 2013 | By Allyson Cannon |

A lesson on how to use social media for branding purposes is the subject of a "Get It Online" program Friday at the Club.

Fellow Communicator members and Vocus' social-media manager Stacey Miller will lead the breakfast from 8:30-10 a.m. on Oct. 4 in the Truman Lounge.

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Tickets Still Available for Fourth Estate Dinner Honoring Andrea Mitchell

October 1, 2013 | By Lori Russo |

The government may be shut down but the show will go on this Friday as the National Press Club honors NBC’s Andrea Mitchell with its prestigious Fourth Estate Award.

Executive Chef Susan Delbert will prepare the dinner, which features remarks from past Fourth Estate Award Winner Jim Lehrer, USA Today’s Susan Page and NBC News’ Ken Strickland.

Tickets are still available at

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Threatened Syrian Humanitarian Crisis Focus of Oct. 8 Newsmaker

October 1, 2013 | By Patti Giglio |

While the international community focuses on securing Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal, another ticking time bomb – this one humanitarian – is threatening millions of refugees who have fled the fighting and taken refuge in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq. Their presence is straining the resources of these countries, heightening tensions in the region.

That's the subject of a Club Newsmaker event scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, in the Bloomberg Room.

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