National Press Club

Upcoming National Press Club Luncheons

May 31, 2013 | By Melinda Cooke |

Here is a list of upcoming Club Luncheons.

NPC Luncheons are open to credentialed members of the media. Luncheon are open to the public except where noted as "members and guests only." For more information go to or email All NPC Luncheons are held in the Ballroom unless otherwise noted.

June 3 – THIS EVENT IS IN THE HOLEMAN LOUNGE. Gerald R. Ford Journalism Awards. Speakers are Representative Fred Upton, R-Mich., and David Gergen, senior political analyst for CNN.

June 4 - President Sebastián Piñera of Chile. Topic: TBA

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Gun Rights Advocate to Speak at June 5 Newsmaker

May 29, 2013 | By Herb Perrone |

Dick Heller, the litigant in District of Columbia v. Heller, the case in which the Supreme Court's Republican majority for the first time interpreted the Second Amendment as protecting an individual's right to bear arms, will appear at a Newsmakers event at 10 am Wednesday, June 5.

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Young Members Committee Features Voice of Pinky and Yakko

May 29, 2013 | By Emily Whitten |

Rob Paulsen, the voice of Yakko Warner and Pinky, the mouse that wants to take over the world, will speak at the Club at 6:30 pm Aug. 1 at an event sponsored by the Young Members Committee. Paulsen will discuss his career and experiences, answer audience questions, and sign autographs.

Paulsen has provided the voices for more than 250 characters over 30 years, including the aforementioned Warner brother and Pinky of ``Animaniacs'' fame. He was also the voice of Furrball the cat in ``Tiny Toon Adventures.''

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This Week in National Press Club History

May 29, 2013 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein |

May 29, 1941: General George C. Marshall, Army Chief of Staff, who would build and direct the largest army in history during World War II, gives his first address to the National Press Club. He would later become Secretary of State, then Secretary of Defense, and win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1953. Marshall had served as aide-de-camp to General John “Black Jack” Pershing during the First World War. Pershing later became an associate member of the National Press Club, and gave his name to the American Legion Post 20, formed at the Club by veterans of that war. It continues to this day.

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Line Up for Lobster Tonight

May 29, 2013 | By Brent Gwathney |

The Club's monthly lobster night is tonight, 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Fourth Estate Restaurant.

Members pay $25; non-members $30 for a steamed 1 ¼ pound Maine Lobster with coleslaw (or salad) and choice of French fries or oven-crisped new potatoes. A limited number of lobsters are available even if you haven't reserved; to check on them, call 202-662-7638.

The regular Fourth Estate menu will be available for non-lobster lovers and desserts include chocolate and raspberry mousse, strawberry shortcake and sorbets from Moorenkos of Silver Spring.

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So You Want to Be a TV Star

May 23, 2013 | By Mike Soraghan |

"You're not anyone in America unless you're on TV," was a line Nicole Kidman tossed out in a 90's movie.

Marital missteps put her character's career on ice, but the advice still holds. Television and radio appearances can broaden the reach of a print story, and advance the careers of the reporters who wrote them. But if your publication doesn't have publicists to line up such appearances, it falls to you, and it can be difficult to navigate the new terrain.

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"We Haz Jazz" in the Fourth Estate Restaurant

May 23, 2013 | By Susan Delbert |

The Fourth Estate Restaurant's monthly Jazz Night takes place Wednesday, June 5. The event will be held in conjunction with Blues Alley in Georgetown.

This month's event falls on the first night of the DC Jazz Festival and will feature members of the Blues Alley Youth Orchestra. Musicians are graduates of top music conservatories.

They will play from 6-8 pm in the restaurant dinner as background music. There is no cover charge. There will be unique offers from Blues Alley for performance discounts and jazz items.

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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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