National Press Club

Kick off America’s Birthday with Jazz Night at the Fourth Estate

June 27, 2013 | By Susan Delbert |

Enjoy great jazz with fabulous food at the Fourth Estate restaurant on Wednesday, July 3 as part of the Club's ongoing "Jazz Night" series in partnership with Blues Alley, Georgetown's iconic musical venue.

Music is provided by members of the renowned Blues Alley Youth Orchestra. The musicians, including some graduates of top Washington, D.C. conservatories, are among the most talented instrumentalists in the area.

The musicians will be play from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. during dinner as background music. There is no cover charge and the restaurant's regular a la carte menu is available.

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Photojournalist Marty Katz offers tips for tricky tango photos

June 27, 2013 | By David Barnisin |

Marty Katz, a photojournalist whose work appears in The New York Times, The Washington Post and publications worldwide, spoke Wednesday, June 26 to the Photo Committee.

Using pictures from a weekly Sunday tango dance at Freedom Plaza on Pennsylvania Avenue, Katz explained the challenges of dance photography with tricky lighting conditions. Describing the venue as the "ultimate camera challenge", he outlined the difficulties of capturing moving dancers as the sun sets on them, while still illuminating the brightly lit Capitol in the distance.

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Meet Mrs. Partridge! Film/TV star Shirley Jones to discuss her new book, 6:30 p.m. July 26

June 27, 2013 | By Nicole Hoffman |

American film legend Shirley Jones will discuss and sign copies of her new book "Shirley Jones: A Memoir" on July 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the Ballroom.

This is a ticketed event and registration is required. Click here to register.

Tickets are $5 for NPC members; $10 public. All attendees must have a ticket. This event is a fundraiser for the NPC Journalism Institute. No outside books or memorabilia permitted.

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Discovery Communications founder in conversation with journalist Paula Zahn about new book, June 27

June 25, 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 National Press 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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Authors: Apply now for NPC Book Fair and Authors' Night

June 25, 2013 | By Nicole Hoffman |

The 36th Annual Book Fair and Authors’ Night, in partnership with Politics and Prose, will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 19 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Apply to be a featured author at one of the premier literary events in the District.

For more information and to submit an application, click here.

The deadline for submission is Sept. 27. Applications and materials received after this period will not be reviewed.

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Crack those crustaceans! Reserve for Lobster Night tonight at the 4th Estate

June 25, 2013 | By Brent Gwathney |

Enjoy a steamed 1 1/4 Maine lobster and all the fixings Wednesday night, June 26, at The Fourth Estate restaurant from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

NPC Members pay $25, non-members $30 for a Maine Lobster with coleslaw or salad and choice of French fries or oven-crisped new potatoes.

Reservations are requested in advance to assure a lobster. To reserve, please call 202-662-7638. A very limited number of lobsters will be available for those without a reservation.

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This Week in National Press Club History: Which retired world leader said "The old girl can still shout things from the sidelines"?

June 23, 2013 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein |

June 23, 2010: Controversial film producer/director Oliver Stone gives a news conference about his latest film “South Of The Border,” which features leftist Latin American political leaders, including Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez and Argentina’s Cristina Kirchner.

June 24, 2010: A reception in the Holeman Lounge commemorates the 25th anniversary of the merger of the Washington Press Club and the National Press Club.

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Get on-camera training at workshop with TV pro, June 27

June 23, 2013 | By Nicole Hoffman |

Mid-career journalists can get on-camera training on Saturday, July 27 from 10 am. to noon at the National Press Club's Broadcast Operations Center on the 4th floor.

NPC member and veteran television reporter Andrea McCarren will conduct the training.

The training costs $25 for NPC members and $50 for non-members. Registration is required. Click here to register.

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Transportation Secretary LaHood to make farewell remarks at National Press Club Newsmaker event

June 23, 2013 | By Herb Perone |

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who is stepping down after more than four years at the department's helm, will make his farewell remarks at a Newsmakers news conference on Thursday, June 27 at 10 a.m. in the First Amendment Lounge.

LaHood’s crusade against the use of cell phones and other electronic devices while driving has made the phrase “distracted driving” a household term. The Transportation Department under LaHood's leadership has also advocated for crash-data recorders in cars and light trucks and pushed for tough fines for Toyota for alleged safety violations.

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Top CEO Carly Fiorina to address 'big data" and politics at July 1 luncheon

June 23, 2013 | By Mark Hamrick |

At a time when the intersection of “Big Data” and politics makes daily headlines, the National Press Club's July 1 luncheon speaker, Carly Fiorina, is a seasoned expert.

Fiorina, former chairman and chief executive officer of Hewlett-Packard from 1999 to 2005, played key roles in two presidential campaigns and now leads Good360, the world's largest product philanthropy organization. Based in Alexandria, Virginia, Good360 helps major companies to donate slow-moving, obsolete or seasonal items to thousands of charitable organizations.

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