National Press Club

Channel 9's Investigative Reporter to Address Young Members

May 22, 2013 | By Patrick Host |

Russ Ptacek, investigative reporter for WUSA Channel 9, will be the next speaker at Young Members Committee's "Piano Lessons." The event will take place beginning at 6:30 pm Wednesday, June 5, in the McClendon Room.

Ptacek has won awards for his investigations and is a speaker at journalism conferences.

The cost is free for members and $5 for nonmembers.

Questions? Contact Pat Host at

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If It's the Last Wednesday, It Must Be Lobster Night

May 22, 2013 | By Brent Gwathney |

May 29 is the last Wednesday of the month, and that means Lobster Night at the Fourth Estate Restaurant.

Steamed 1 1/4-pound lobsters will be served from 5:30-8:30 pm, along with cole slaw or salad, and French fries or oven-crisped new potatoes.

The cost is $25 for members and $30 for nonmembers. Please reserve at least 24 hours in advance at 202-662-7638. A very limited number of lobsters will be available for those without reservations.

Don't like lobster? The regular Fourth Estate menu will be available.

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Cronkite's Grandson to Discuss Book of Anchorman's Letters from Europe

May 21, 2013 | By Nicole Hoffman |

Walter Cronkite IV and historian Maurice Isserman will discuss and sign copies of their book, "Cronkite's War: His World War II Letters Home," at 6:30 pm June 4 at the Club.

Registration is required at Tickets are free for NPC members, $5 general public. This event is a fundraiser for the NPC Journalism Institute and no outside books will be permitted.

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Panel Disagrees on Prospects for New Immigration Law

May 21, 2013 | By Lorna Aldrich |

Members of a panel on immigration disagreed on prospects for legislation in 2013 at a May 20 event co-sponsored by the Club’s International Correspondents Committee and International Center for Journalism.

Luis Miranda, former director of Hispanic media for President Barack Obama, said Congress would overhaul U.S. immigration laws. Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies, said Congress wouldn't act. Cindy Carcamo, a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, and Jeffrey S. Passel of the Pew Hispanic Center said they were uncertain.

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Sequestration's Impact Felt by Defense Industry, Newsmaker Panel Says

May 21, 2013 | By Monica Coleman and Richard Alan Coleman Jr. |

Defense contractors are having a tough time under sequestration, the automatic across-the-board spending cuts that took effect when President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans couldn't agree on an alternative.

That's according to a panel of industry chief executive officers at a Club Newsmaker May 16.

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Meat Lovers' Dinner on Tap for May 21

May 19, 2013 | By Susan Delbert |

A multi-course dinner with certified Angus beef dinner and paired wines from Rodney Strong is on tap at the Fourth Estate restaurant on Tuesday, May 21.

The meal will feature beef-focused hors d'oeuvres, including beef satay and flatiron steak. Four beef-themed courses include a soup, a grilled Certified Angus Hanger steak salad, a surf and turf course, and as a main dish, the king of beef, a certified Angus prime rib.

Each course will be paired with an appropriate wine from Strong, a renowned Sonoma County winemaker whose bold reds are the perfect match for great beef.

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This Week in National Press Club History

May 19, 2013 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein |

May 21, 1985: After 33 months of reconstruction, a dedication ceremony for the completely renovated National Press Building is celebrated, nearly six decades after the original building cornerstone was laid in 1926. Two time capsules full of Club momentoes are placed behind a new cornerstone next to the old one, and both are encased in the lobby wall next to the building’s main entrance on 14th Street NW.

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Did You Know? Free Parking Available When Members Dine at the Club

May 19, 2013 | By Sarahanne Driggs |

All members of the National Press Club receive complimentary evening and weekend parking at the PMI garage on G Street when they dine at the Reliable Source or Fourth Estate restaurants. Members who are using any of the other Club facilities at night or on Saturday can purchase a discounted parking sticker for $5 at the front desk.

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Press Club Softball Team Sweeps Another Doubleheader

May 19, 2013 | By John Domen |

The National Press Club softball team enters the Memorial Day weekend with a 7-1 record at the halfway point of the Metropolitan Media Softball League season after beating C-SPAN, 13-1, and Bloomberg, 21-9.

In game one, Jim Seminara went 4 for 4 with two triples and two homers, while Mike Young and Jim Rubin each added three hits. Erika Sikes, making her 2013 debut, also had two hits and two runs in the game.

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Free Tickets Available for Julian Assange Movie on May 21

May 16, 2013 | By Allyson Cannon, Recruitment Manager |

Members are invited to attend a special screening of Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney’s “We Steal Secrets: The story of Wiki-Leaks” at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, at the Landmark E Street Cinema, 555 11th Street, N.W. The entrance is on E Street between 10th and 11th St., Located one block from Metro's Metro Center Station and four blocks from the Gallery Place/Chinatown Station.

The film highlights the story of Julian Assange and the controversial details of one of the most nororious security breaches in U.S. history.

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