National Press Club

What? You've never heard New Orleans Swamp Funk? Now's your chance at Kodjak inaugural, Jan. 12

January 2, 2019 | By Donna Leinwand Leger |

The Beat Hotel will cap off the festivities at the after party following National Press Club President-elect Alison Fitzgerald Kodjak's inauguration gala on Saturday, Jan. 12.

The band is known for its New Orleans Swamp Funk music, the Crescent City’s unique musical hybrid of R&B, funk, soul and blues.

The after party will follow a night of roasts and toasts to welcome Kodjak as the 112th president. Kodjak will be sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.

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Celebrate 112th NPC President Alison Fitzgerald Kodjak at inaugural fete, Jan. 12

January 2, 2019 | By Donna Leinwand Leger |

Enjoy a night of roasts and toasts as the National Press Club inaugurates Alison Fitzgerald Kodjak as the 112th president at a gala on Saturday, Jan. 12.

Purchase tickets here for a night that will include a swearing in with Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.

The inaugural gala begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $110 for Club members and one guest, and $140 for non-members.

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Wensing wins Club's top volunteer award

December 26, 2018 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. |

A National Press Club member who was instrumental in organizing some of this year's highest-profile events earned its top volunteer award.

Kevin Wensing, a member of the Headliners Team, won the Berny Krug Award for his leadership in securing several Club luncheon speakers, including Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Small Business Administration head Linda McMahon, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Karl Schultz, among others.

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National Press Club in History: The day the space shuttle crashed into a presidential inaugural

December 24, 2018 | By Gil Klein |

For a new National Press Club president, no day is more stressful or more exciting than his or her presidential inaugural.

Some Club presidents spend months, if not years, thinking about this party. It may be a lifetime high. Relatives, friends, fellow employees and high-powered executives converge on the ballroom. The emcee, roasters and entertainers have been lined up. The menu chosen with care. And amid all of this, the new president has to give a speech.

From dawn to the wee hours of the next day, the new president has to be ready to go.

So, what could possibly go wrong?

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NPC plans screening of 'Putin's Witnesses' on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 6 p.m.

December 22, 2018 | By Emily Wilkins |

The National Press Club is planning to screen "Putin’s Witnesses", a documentary that Variety called “riveting” and “incensed," on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 6 p.m. in the Murrow White Lisagor Conference Rooms.

The event is free for Club members and $5 for non-members. Tickets are available here.

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Celebrate New Year's Eve at the National Press Club

December 22, 2018 | By Susan Delbert |

Celebrate New Year's Eve at the Fourth Estate. The restaurant is offering a special prix fixe menu in two seatings at 6 p.m. or 8 p.m.

The cost is $130 per couple for National Press Club members and $150 per couple for nonmembers. Reservations are requested at 202-662-7638 or book through

Diners will get a complimentary Pomegranate Bellini, glass of wine or bubbly, or bottled beer.


  • Spinach salad, avocado, mango, pomegranate seeds, goat cheese, pecans and poppy seed vinaigrette

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NPC's Fourth Estate restaurant closes for holiday weekend

December 20, 2018 | By Miguel Dominguez |

The Fourth Estate Restaurant at the National Press Club will be closed for the holiday weekend from Dec. 22 through Dec. 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday.

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NPC in History: Something for the kids

December 18, 2018 | By Gilbert Klein |

The National Press Club is usually a pretty sober-sided place when it comes to programs: full of policy, politics and saving-the-world stuff. But, occasionally there are Luncheons that bring out the younger set. After all, in recent years children’s entertainment has become a big issue. The Club can attract some of the big names because they think they are going to be talking to adult journalists about issues. Sometimes, they are surprised at who’s in the audience.

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Sponsorships available for NPC president's inaugural gala, Jan. 12

December 17, 2018 | By Donna Leinwand Leger |

The National Press Club Inaugural Gala offers several levels of sponsorship for individuals, businesses and media organizations to support the incoming president at her Inaugural Gala.

Alison Fitzgerald Kodjak is slated to be sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer as the 112th president of the National Press Club at the gala on Jan. 12.

Sponsors will be recognized in the program and from the podium, allowing their message of support to reach Club leaders, invited guests and a broad group of broadcast and digital media.

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NPC in History: Arafat’s moment of optimism

December 12, 2018 | By Gilbert Klein |

For years, Palestinian Liberation Organization President Yasser Arafat was denied a visa to come to Washington to accept the National Press Club’s invitation to speak at the Club. But that changed with the Oslo Peace Accords when Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin signed the historic agreement with President Bill Clinton in a White House South Lawn ceremony.

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