National Press Club

AP CEO Gary Pruitt at June 19 luncheon to address press freedom in wake of Justice Department media probe

June 16, 2013 | By Debra Silimeo |

Associated Press President and CEO Gary Pruitt will explain steps he believes need to be taken to ensure freedom of the press when he speaks Wednesday at a National Press Club luncheon.

Pruitt's appearance comes after news that the Justice Department secretly obtained phone records of several of AP’s reporters and four of its offices. The National Press Club has called on the Obama administration to publicly explain why it took this action.

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Project leader, South African science minister to discuss building of giant telescope at June 20 Newsmaker

June 16, 2013 | By Peter Hickman |

Dr. Bernie Fanaroff, former aide to South African President Nelson Mandela, and South African Minister of Science and Technology Derek Hanekom will discuss the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project at a Newsmakers news conference at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 20 in the club's Bloomberg Room. The project will build the largest radio telescope ever, taking scientists closer to the instant of the "Big Bang" than previously thought possible.

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CANCELED: Newest Black Caucus chair to speak at Newsmaker, Wednesday, June 19 at 10 a.m.

June 16, 2013 | By Herb Perone |

Rep. Marcia L. Fudge, D-Ohio, chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucaus, will address the state of black women in America at a National Press Club Newsmaker news conference at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 19, in the Club's Zenger Room.

Fudge will talk about the Obama Administration's appointments of African-American women and the service organization Harriet’s Trail, which focuses on encouraging black women to seek elected office.

For more information, contact Newsmaker host Jamila Bey at 202-942-3308 or email her at

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Reserve now: Celebrity Chef Todd Gray of Equinox to showcase new cookbook at Sept. 25 chef's dinner

June 16, 2013 | By Cary Pollak |

Husband and wife culinary team Todd and Ellen Gray of Washington's Equinox restaurant will showcase recipes from their new cookbook at the National Press Club's Fourth Estate Restaurant on Sept. 25.

Gray, an award-winning chef, teamed with his wife, Ellen, an award-winning restaurateur to create The New Jewish Table, featuring updated, modern takes on traditional Jewish fare.

The multi-course meal will feature extraordinary recipes from the cookbook, including a pistachio-crusted lamb loin and a pumpkin risotto with wild mushrooms.

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Jim Rogers, CEO of Duke Energy, U.S.'s largest energy company, to speak at Aug. 8 luncheon

June 16, 2013 | By Rod Kuckro |

Jim Rogers, CEO of Duke Energy, American's largest energy company, will address a National Press Club luncheon on Thursday, Aug. 8, to speak about the challenges U.S. utilities are facing as demand for power slows.

Rogers, in his 25 years as a CEO in the electric utility business, will focus on the policy challenges U.S. utilities are facing as they contend with anemic 1 percent annual growth in power demand. He also will discuss the challenges and opportunities of undertaking an effort to bring power to the 1.3 billion people in the world who have no access to electricity.

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Developers to discuss new solar-powered airplane at Club during its D.C. stopover, June 18

June 13, 2013 | By Herb Perone |

Research and development experts from Solvay S.A., the Belgian chemical company that is developing the Solar Impulse airplane, will explain the science and vision behind the pioneering solar-powered aircraft at a National Press Club Newsmaker news conference on Tuesday, June 18, at 10 a.m.

Speakers from Solvay will be George Corbin and Claude Michel. They’ll be joined by Darcy Gentleman, chemist and science communicator at the American Chemical Society.

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Learn how to use Instagram as reporting tool June 19

June 12, 2013 | By Julie Schoo |

More and more newsrooms are using Instagram, the hot new digital photo-sharing service, as an innovative reporting tool. But how do you best leverage it to find story and visual ideas, and for reporting on stories?

Find out Wednesday, June 19, at 9 a.m. in the Bloomberg Room.

Eric Weisbrod, digital producer of cross-platform programming at CNN, will teach a session showing you how to use Instagram to create and push out your own images, build your social media community and find story ideas.

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Documentary film screening June 18 to probe climate change impact on U.S. coasts

June 12, 2013 | By Megan Cotten |

The increasing frequency of deadly storms, notably last year's killer Hurricane Sandy, is causing Americans to worry -- many for the first time -- about climate change and its impact on rising sea levels may affect their lives.

The link between warming climate and higher ocean levels and its implications for residents of U.S. coastal communities is the subject of a new documentary film, "Shored Up," that will be screened at the National Press Club on Tuesday, June 18.

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Associated Press CEO to speak on seizure of phone records at luncheon June 19

June 11, 2013 | By Melinda Cooke |

Gary Pruitt, president and CEO of The Associated Press, will address a National Press Club luncheon on Wednesday, June 19. Pruitt will discuss “the unconstitutional seizure of AP phone records and the way forward.”

Pruitt has been an outspoken advocate for the rights of journalists in recent weeks after it became public that the U.S. Justice Department had subpoenaed two months of phone records from Associated Press reporters as part of a leak investigation. Pruitt said the seizure will have a chilling effect on journalism.

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Threat to historic city of Tyre is topic of Newsmaker today, 3 p.m.

June 11, 2013 | By Herb Perone |

A new report on the threats to one of the world’s most historic cities – the ancient Phoenician city of Tyre, Lebanon -- will be the focus of a National Press Club Newsmaker news conference on Wednesday, June 12, at 3 p.m. in the club’s Zenger Room.

Tyre is ranked with Carthage on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. It is endangered by conflict in Lebanon that has spilled over from the civil war in neighboring Syria.

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