National Press Club

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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Education Secretary to Speak at Club Today

September 29, 2013 | By Debra Silimeo |

U.S. Secretary of Education to address education priorities at NPC Speakers Event on October 1.

By Debra Silimeo

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan will speak at the Club Tuesday on his efforts to provide preschool education for all 4-year-olds and to develop a new higher education agenda, including a ratings system for colleges' affordability and value.

The event will follow the format of the Speakers' luncheon though no meal will be served. Remarks begin at 1 p.m.

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Supreme Court Campaign Finance Case Is Subject of Oct. 1 Newsmaker

September 29, 2013 | By Jonathan D. Salant |

A U.S. Supreme Court case that could allow donors to give millions of dollars more than they now can contribute to federal campaigns is the subject of a Newsmaker event at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Club.

Talking about McCutcheon v. FEC will be Trevor Potter, a former Federal Election Commission chairman and founding president and general counsel of the Campaign Legal Center, and Fred Wertheimer is founder and president of Democracy 21, an advocacy group that lobbies for stronger campaign finance laws.

The event will be held in the First Amendment Lounge.

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Press Club to Host Retrospective on "Saturday Night Massacre"

September 29, 2013 | By Gil Klein |

Forty years after Robert Bork carried out the firing of Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox at the behest of President Richard Nixon, the National Press Club will host a retrospective of what has become known as the ``Saturday Night Massacre.

Speakers include Bob Woodward of the Washington Post, who with Carl Bernstein broke the Watergate scandal, and former Assistant Attorney General William Ruckelshaus, who along with Attorney General Eliot Richardson refused to carry out Nixon's order and lost his job because of it. Bork, the solicitor general, then fired Cox.

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Future of TV Advertising to Be Discussed at Club Oct. 7

September 26, 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, i 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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CNN's Piers Morgan to Discuss and Sign Copies of New Book

September 26, 2013 | By Nicole Hoffman |

Piers Morgan, host of CNN’s Piers Morgan Live, will discuss and sign copies of his new book "Shooting Straight: Guns, Gays, God, and George Clooney" on Friday, Oct. 18, at 2 p.m. in the Ballroom.

This is a ticketed event and registration is required at Tickets are $5 for Club members and $10 for the public. The member admission fee is waived if a book is ordered in advance, an option that appears on the ticket form. Each Club member can buy only one ticket at the member price.

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George Takei, Sulu on "Star Trek," to Address Club Luncheon Oct. 18

September 26, 2013 | By Erik Meltzer |

Actor and gay rights advocate George Takei will speak about LGBT issues at a National Press Club luncheon on Friday, Oct. 18.

Takei is best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu on "Star Trek," first as helmsman of the USS Enterprise and later as captain of the USS Excelsior. He has become an advocate for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people and and for the rights of Japanese-Americans.

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Social Media Usage by Executives Is Next Topic of "Get It Online" Series

September 25, 2013 | By Allyson Cannon |

Senior executives are using social media to define their personal brand and achieve results. To find out how to do it, join fellow Communicator members and Vocus social media manager Stacey Miller for a special "Get It Online" program from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 4, in the Truman Lounge.

The event, hosted by the Communications and Marketing and the Events committees, are free for members and $10 for guests. Breakfast is complimentary in the Reliable Source. To register, please click here.

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Report on Youth Civic Engagement to Be Released at Oct. 9 Newsmaker

September 25, 2013 | By Herb Perrone |

A report on youth civic engagement will be released at a Club Newswmakers event at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, in the Bloomberg Room.

The report, “All Together Now: Collaboration and Innovation for Youth Engagement,” was prepared by the Commission on Youth Voting and Civic Knowledge. It will be released by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement at Tufts University’s Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service.

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