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This Week in National Press Club History: Wendell Willkie, Pentagon Papers

June 10, 2013 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein |

June 12, 1940: Wendell H. Willkie speaks at a sweltering Club luncheon during his dark horse campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. A former Democrat who had never before run for office, Willkie trails his three opponents -- famous organized crime fighter and front-runner Thomas E. Dewey, Ohio Senator Robert A. Taft and Michigan Senator and former journalist Arthur H. Vandenberg. Asked at the off-the record luncheon why he had left the Democratic party, he replied, “I did not leave my party.

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Climate change's impact on U.S. coastal communities is topic of documentary film screening June 18

June 6, 2013 | By |

For many Americans who were not convinced that climate change would affect their lives, Hurricane Sandy was a "game changer" that turned complacency into new national concern over the link between rising sea levels and a warmer climate.

That link, and its implications for residents of U.S. coastal communities, is examined by a new documentary film, "Shored Up," that will be screened at the National Press Club on Tuesday, June 18.

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Get inside story of Discovery empire from founder John Hendricks at Book Rap June 27

June 6, 2013 | By Nicole Hoffman |

The founder and executive chairman of Discovery Communications, John Hendricks, will discuss his new book, “A Curious Discovery,” in conversation with award-winning journalist Paula Zahn at the Club on Thursday, June 27, at 6:30 p.m.

For required registration, click here. Tickets are $5 for NPC members, $10 for the public. A book signing will follow the discussion. Proceeds benefit the non-profit National Press Club Journalism Institute.

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Coming June 26: Special screening of documentary film on Latinos in America

June 6, 2013 | By Aileen Roberta Schlef |

NPC's The International Correspondents Committee will present a special screening of “Harvest of Empire: The Untold Story of Latinos in America,” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, in the Conference Rooms.

Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-Ill.), a strong advocate for pro-immigration reform who has succeeded in gaining significant bipartisan alliances on the issue, will give closing remarks after the film is shown.

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Steve Berry to talk about his new thriller at June 19 booksigning

June 4, 2013 | By Nicole Hoffman |

Steve Berry, New York Times and No. 1 internationally best-selling author, will discuss his newest thriller, "The King's Deception," at the Club at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 19. A book signing will follow the discussion.

Registration is required by clicking here. Tickets are free for National Press Club members and $5 for nonmembers. This event is a fundraiser for the National Press Club Journalism Institute. No outside books will be permitted.

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Space still available for Club trip to Gettysburg this Saturday

June 4, 2013 | By Pat Schoeni |

A few seats on the bus remain for the National Press Club's trip to the Gettysburg Battlefield, site of the Civil War's most famous battle, this Saturday, June 8. The bus will depart from 14th and F Streets -- around the corner from the National Press Building -- at 8 a.m. To sign up, call Richard Meyer at 703-356-6884.

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Documentary film screening June 18 to highlight current impact of climate change on U.S. coastal communities

June 4, 2013 | By Megan Cotten |

Hurricane Sandy,a "game changer" for many Americans who were not convinced that climate change would affect them, has provoked new interest in the link between rising sea levels and a warmer climate.

On Tuesday, June 18, filmmaker Ben Kalina will screen at the National Press Club his new documentary, "Shored Up," which explains that link and implications for residents of coastal states.

The screening will be preceded by a reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. and followed by a brief conversation among sea-level rise experts and the audience. The film will begin at 6:30 p.m.

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This week in National Press Club history: Olympic Torch and D-Day

June 2, 2013 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein |]

JUNE 5, 2012: National Press Club member Tony Culley-Foster represented the United States as an Olympic Games Torchbearer when he carried the Olympic Flame across the borders of Counties Londonderry (Derry) and Tyrone in the village of Magheramason, Northern Ireland. In the summer of 1975, Tony ran 2.986 miles across the United States from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. to promote the President’s Council for Physical Fitness and Sports. In the spring of 1970, he became the only person in history to run the 1,234 circumference of Ireland.

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How to get on TV? Experts to offer tips tomorrow, 6:30 p.m.

June 2, 2013 | By Julie Schoo |

Television appearances can broaden the reach of a print story and advance the careers of the reporters who wrote them. But what if your publication doesn't have a bevy of publicists to line up such appearances?

It falls to you, and it can be difficult to navigate the new terrain. The National Press Club Journalism Institute's Professional Development Committee is offering a primer on how to do it at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, in the Holeman Lounge.

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Discovery Communications founder John Hendricks, with Paula Zahn, to discuss his new book June 27

June 2, 2013 | By Nicole Hoffman |

Media titan John Hendricks, founder and chairman of Discovery Communications, will discuss his new book, "A Curious Discovery: An Entrepreneur's Story," on June 27, at 6:30 p.m. in the Ballroom. A book signing will follow the discussion.

He will appear in conversation with award-winning journalist Paula Zahn, former CNN anchor who now hosts "On the Case with Paula Zahn, a newsmagazine series on Investigation Discovery Channel, one of Discovery Communications cable TV channels.

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