National Press Club

Club launches diversity series, Sept. 16

September 5, 2019 | By Aileen Roberta Schlef |

The National Press Club is launching a series of programs to have journalists and communicators meet with top communications officials from diverse communities.

The series begins at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 16, with "Communicators and Journalists: Build Beneficial Relationships with U.S. Latino Thought-Leaders." Tickets are $25 for Club members and $30 for nonmembers and can be purchased online. The ticket price includes breakfast.

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Nicaraguan journalists discuss erosion of press freedom on Sept. 25

September 5, 2019 | By Carmen Russell-Sluchansky |

Four Nicaraguan journalists, three of whom remain in exile, will discuss the erosion of press freedom in Nicaragua on
Wednesday, Sept., 25, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the National Press Club's International Correspondents and Press Freedom teams. The journalists are being supported by the International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights

Those participating are:

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Spelling Bee winner seeks to defend her title

September 5, 2019 | By Brennan Hoban |

Alexandra Petri, winner of the the 2018 National Press Club Spelling Bee, will seek to defend her title on Tuesday, Sept. 17, as members of the Fourth State again take on members of Congress.

The annual Politicians vs. Press Spelling Bee begins at 6 p.m. in the Ballroom.

Tickets are available online at a discounted rate for Club members.

For questions, please contact Brennan Hoban at

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Miners’ union leader wants government to protect benefits, address climate change via carbon capture

September 4, 2019 | By Anne Bader |

United Mine Workers President Cecil Roberts advocated government support of miners, lauded the history of his union and acknowledged climate change at a National Press Club Headliners Newsmaker on Wednesday.

Roberts called for repeal of the Taft-Hartley Act of 1947, which restricted union activities and allowed union shops only if a majority of employees voted for them, reforming U.S. bankruptcy laws, and protecting pension benefits that average $596 a month for retired miners.

He said that more than 34,000 workers have died in the mines and 76,000 died of pneumoconiosis since 1968.

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Club members' photo exhibit to have opening reception Friday

September 3, 2019 | By Alan Kotok |

The opening reception of the National Press Club's 20th annual members' photo exhibit will take place beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, in the First Amendment Lounge.

Two of the entrants use print photos and electronic images to tell their stories about the Syrian civil war.

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Mine workers union president to discuss climate change bills on Wednesday

September 2, 2019 | By Jamie Horwitz |

Cecil Roberts, international president of the United Mine Workers, will discuss the impact of proposed climate change legislation on the coal industry at a National Press Club Headliners Newsmaker on Wednesday, Sept. 4.

The news conference will be held at 10 a.m. in the First Amendment Lounge. Register online.

This event is open to credentialed media and Club members free of charge, with advance registration required.

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Former U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin to discuss inclusive workplaces and economic growth on Wednesday

September 2, 2019 | By Tamara Hinton |

Former Sen. Tom Harkin, internet pioneer Vinton Cerf and others will discuss inclusive workplaces and how they can spur economic growth at a National Press Club Headliners event at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4.

The event is free to credentialed media and Club members. Register online.

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NPC in History: The Menace of Radio

September 2, 2019 | By Gil Klein |

Some of the greatest composers in America during the 1920s converged on the National Press Club on April 14, 1924. As each of them signed the Club’s guest book, some wrote short scores of their famous works.

These signatures were reproduced across two pages of the Club’s 1928 yearbook with a group photo on the next page with the caption, “Famous Song Writers, Club Guests, on ‘Authors and Composers Night.”

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Former Club president discusses state of journalism, technology, First Amendment support

September 1, 2019 | By Adam Konowe |

The Internet is a global distribution platform, but along with such unprecedented technology and capability to instantly communicate, there are many overarching questions: What is the state of press freedom? How often is the First Amendment observed? What is the status of freedom of information? And how has the media changed from the 1960s to today?

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Former Sen. Tom Harkin, Internet pioneer Vinton Cerf to link assistive workplace technology, inclusivity, economic growth, Sept. 4

August 30, 2019 | By Tamara Hinton |

Former Sen. Tom Harkin, Internet pioneer Vinton Cerf and other leaders in disability inclusion, technology, and advocacy will discuss how embracing assistive technologies in the workplace and adopting an inclusive mindset will drive U.S. economic growth by employing the nearly 11 million people with disabilities at a National Press Club Headliners event at 10 a.m. Sept. 4.

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