National Press Club

Top National Guard general to outline future of the force at Jan. 9 luncheon

December 30, 2013 | By Donna Leinwand Leger |

Gen. Frank J. Grass, member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and chief of the National Guard Bureau, will explore issues facing the National Guard at a National Press Club luncheon Jan. 9.

Grass, who took command Sept. 7, 2012, is responsible for ensuring that the more than 460,000 Army and Air National Guard citizen-warriors stand ready to protect the nation and mobilize as active duty soldiers and airmen and women. Since 9-11, National Guard citizen soldiers and airmen have supported more than 760,000 overseas mobilizations, some more than once.

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Make Fourth Estate your first stop on New Year’s Eve

December 29, 2013 | By Susan Delbert |

Before you head to your friend’s soiree to watch the ball drop, have a sumptuous early dinner on New Year's Eve at the National Press Club.

The Fourth Estate Restaurant, on the 13th floor of the National Press Building, will open (and close) early, 5-8:30 p.m., on Tuesday, Dec. 31.

Start your dinner with a glass of bubbly on us and then enjoy six entrée choices on the modified Prix Fixe menu, which is usually offered only on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.

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Fourth Estate Italian feast to feature popular cookbook author Domenica Marchetti, Jan. 23

December 26, 2013 | By Susan Delbert, executive chef |

Popular Italian cookbook author Domenica Marchetti will sign her latest book and host a five-course dinner on Thursday, Jan. 23, at the Fourth Estate restaurant.

The dinner will draw from her latest cookbook, The Glorious Vegetables of Italy, and will include Italian wines, such as Piemonte and Sardenga, specially paired with the dishes. The menu is listed below.

National Press Club members can purchase tickets for $150 per couple and $80 per single. Non-member tickets are $170 per couple and $90 for per single. Tickets include tax, tip and one signed cookbook.

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Amtrak President Joseph H. Boardman headlines Jan. 10 luncheon

December 26, 2013 | By Matt Mlynarczyk |

Amtrak President and chief executive Joseph H. Boardman will analyze passenger rail issues and preview the year ahead for Amtrak at a National Press Club luncheon on Friday, Jan. 10.

The luncheon will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. Remarks will begin at 1 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session ending at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $22 for Club members and up to one guest, and $36 for non-members.

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Club brings IRE conference back to Washington, Jan. 11

December 26, 2013 | By Jonathan D. Salant |

The National Press Club Professional Development Committee, NPC Journalism Institute and Investigative Reporters and Editors are teaming up for a one-day conference on covering the federal government. The conference will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11.

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Interactive workshop to help freelancers, self-employed professionals set business goals, Jan. 17

December 26, 2013 | By Hannes Luth |

A smart CEO -- including freelancers and independent workers -- 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 3-hour interactive workshop sponsored by the NPC Journalism Institute from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17, at the National Press Club.

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Ms. Quote: Expert panel explores lack of female sources in coverage, Jan. 13

December 26, 2013 | By Nicole Hoffman |

What are we missing when our reporting doesn’t adequately include women experts and women subjects? Why should we care and how can we increase women's voices in the news?

Come explore these issues and engage in the debate with an expert panel at the National from 6:30-8 p.m. on Jan. 13.

Registration -- $5 for Club members (login for code); $10 public -- is required.

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Book early for Club presidential International Inaugural Gala, Jan. 25

December 26, 2013 | By Melinda T. Cooke |

To mark the inauguration of Myron Belkind as the 107th National Press Club president, the traditional inaugural gala on Saturday, Jan. 25, will have an international theme for the first time to reflect his global career assignments.

Everything at the Gala -- from the food to the entertainment to the program -- will reflect the rich diversity of international cultures. The Gala will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m.

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Member Profile: Molly McCluskey -- Have Passport, Will Freelance

December 20, 2013 | By Stephenie Overman |

Molly McCluskey always knew she wanted to be a freelancer, even as a kid.

“I've always been captivated by the works of Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Stein, and the idea that a person could simply move around the world, find a cafe in Paris and make a home there,” she says. “Not surprisingly, I love freelancing for the freedom it gives me.”

Today McCluskey is based in Washington but spends half her year living in Europe covering foreign affairs, finance and travel.

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Past NPC President Klein remembers Nelson Mandela's visit to the Club

December 6, 2013 | By Gil Klein |

On Oct. 7, 1994, I was Club president when Nelson Mandela spoke here during his first visit to the United States as president of the Republic of South Africa.

Two things stand out about that day:

First, the speaker advertised for that day was Wall Street tycoon Peter Lynch, and I had 300 people in a financial writers conference expecting to hear him.

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