National Press Club

NPC in history: Women’s National Press Club centennial

March 3, 2019 | By Gil Klein |

In the early part of the 20th century, professional and social clubs separated by sex flourished. The National Press Club was founded by a bunch of men who wanted a place to go after hours to drink, play poker and pool, and smoke cigars. The language tended to the colorful side.

What self-respecting, early-20th century woman would want to be part of that?

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Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post editor Maraniss plans to discuss book, May 17

March 2, 2019 | By Donna Leinwand Leger |

Journalist David Maraniss, whose coverage of Bill Clinton as a presidential candidate earned a Pulitzer Prize, will discuss his latest book, “A Good American Family,” at a National Press Club Headliners breakfast on May 17.

Maraniss, an associate editor at The Washington Post, has written 11 books, including biographies of Barack Obama, Vince Lombardi, Al Gore and Roberto Clemente. In his twelfth book, he turns his journalist’s eye on his own family.

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Experts plan to review 2018 hurricane season, look ahead to 2019 season, March 5

March 2, 2019 | By Lindsay Underwood |

With another hurricane season in the books, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) hurricane-forecasting expert Dr. Gerry Bell and MIT disaster-resilience expert Jeremy Gregory plan to discuss the impact of the 2018 storms and how to prepare for the 2019 season at a National Press Club Newsmakers press conference at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 5, in the Bloomberg Room.

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Have your funny writing recognized by the National Press Club

March 1, 2019 | By Will Lester |

The National Press Club is seeking the best comedic writing for its annual journalism awards.

The Angele Gingras Humor Award is aimed at those with a talent for humorous writing for newspapers and news websites. The award is named for a longtime Club member who had a talent for humor writing.

The award is given for work from 2018. To apply please submit three examples of a humor feature or column that appeared in a general circulation newspaper or online journalism site.

The winning entry receives a $750 prize.

The deadline is April 15.

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National Press Club wants to see your best journalism about animals and their welfare

February 27, 2019 | By Will Lester |

Time to prepare your entries for the Ann Cottrell Free Animal Reporting Award, which honors the best journalism on animals and their welfare each year.

The award is given as part of the National Press Club journalism contest.

The prize is given for the best coverage in 2018 that educates the public about threats facing animals. The award was established by the family of journalist and longtime Club member Ann Cottrell Free, who wrote extensively about animals and their welfare.

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National Press Club to recognize the best newsletter journalism from 2018

February 25, 2019 | By Will Lester |

Some of the most important coverage of specific news topics comes from newsletter journalism. The National Press Club wants to honor the best reporting published in newsletters in 2018.

The winning entry receives a $750 prize.

The deadline is April 15.

The entries can be submitted online or by the more traditional method of mailing them in. The winner is expected to be honored at a dinner at the Club this summer. Members can enter for free and nonmembers pay $60 per entry.

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NPC in History: John and Yoko

February 24, 2019 | By Gilbert Klein |

It’s a story of sex, drugs and rock and roll; a child-custody battle and anti-war protests; political chicanery, immigration law and artistic freedom.

It’s the story of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and for at least one morning, it happened at the National Press Club.

John Lennon, a member of the Beatles, married performance-artist Yoko Ono in 1969. For decades, until fellow-Beatle Paul McCartney denied it, many people believed that the marriage helped break up the Beatles. The couple were an international sensation.

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Press Club looking for the best political writing, analysis from 2018

February 21, 2019 | By Will Lester |

The National Press Club wants to see the best political reporting and writing from 2018 for the annual journalism contest. The best work will be recognized with the Lee Walczak Award for Political Analysis.

This award is named in memory of Lee Walczak, a Washington editor, bureau chief and White House correspondent who worked for Bloomberg News and Business Week.

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A chance to honor the best, most creative online journalism

February 21, 2019 | By Will Lester |

The National Press Club wants those who have done the most innovative online journalism in 2018 to enter their work in the competition for the Joan M. Friedenberg Online Journalism Award.

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NPC in History: The Greatest

February 19, 2019 | By Gilbert Klein |

“The Mouth that Roared”

"The Louisville Lip”

“The greatest athlete of all time.” Whatever anyone thinks about Muhammad Ali, he knew how to capture a crowd.

He appeared at the National Press Club on Aug. 27, 1976, with boxer Ken Norton one month before their heavyweight championship bout at Yankee Stadium. At the head table were boxer Joe Frazier, comedian Dick Gregory and boxing promoter Don King.

Trying to keep control of the luncheon was Club Vice President Robert Farrell of McGraw Hill.

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