National Press Club

Top Hollywood lobbyist Dodd headlines pre-Oscar luncheon, Feb. 15

January 8, 2013 | By Andrea Stone |

Former Sen. Christopher Dodd, chairman and chief executive of the Motion Picture Association of America, speaking one week before the Academy Awards, will discuss the state of the motion picture industry at a National Press Club luncheon on Friday, Feb. 15.

Hollywood’s top lobbyist, who represented Connecticut in Congress for 36 years and is perhaps best known as the co-author of the sweeping Dodd-Frank financial reform law, will focus on the creative dynamism of filmmaking and the technological advancements in an ever-growing number of platforms for viewing film and TV.

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Learn how to find freelance business journalism assignments, 6:30 pm Jan. 23

January 8, 2013 | By Viola Gienger |

Fara Warner, a former freelance journalist for top publications and now the editorial director of Aol Business, Technology and Entertainment Group, will join John Burgess, a longtime editor for The Washington Post and AARP Media, to conduct a workshop on freelance writing in business and financial news for print and online media at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 23 in the Bloomberg Room.

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Cast, producers of NBC's "1600 Penn" preview new show, noon Jan. 9

January 7, 2013 | By Allyson Cannon |

Join the cast and producers of NBC’s newest comedy, "1600 Penn," as they take questions on what it’s like to be the First (on-screen) Family at the National Press Club at noon Wednesday, Jan. 9, in the First Amendment Lounge.

Cast members Jenna Elfman (“Dharma & Greg”), Bill Pullman (“Independence Day”), Martha MacIsaac (“Superbad”), Andre Holland (“Friends with Benefits”) , Josh Gad (“21”) and producers Jason Winer (“Modern Family”), Jon Lovett and Mike Royce (“Everybody Loves Raymond”) will hold a roundtable discussion.

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Get your Greiling Keane inaugural tickets now

January 7, 2013 | By Suzanne Struglinski |

Get your tickets today for newly elected National Press Club President Angela Greiling Keane's inauguration on Saturday, Jan. 26.

The theme, “Game On: A Black Tie Tailgate," pays homage to Greiling Keane’s love of football, especially the Green Bay Packers, and her years as a Girl Scout. A transportation reporter for Bloomberg News, Greiling Keane is a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient and co-leader of her daughter’s Brownie troop.

Food and wine inspired by her native state of Minnesota will be served, and other surprises are in store.

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NPC Journalism Institute offers database, spreadsheet training in January

January 3, 2013 | By Mike Soraghan |

The NPC Journalism Institute is diving back into data journalism Monday, Jan. 7, with the first of four new classes – two for spreadsheets and two for databases.

The spreadsheet class on Jan. 7 and the next one on Jan. 14 will be taught by JoElla Straley from NPR's research library .

The database class will be taught by David Donald, data editor at the Center for Public Integrity, who has taught journalists all over the country how to extract great stories from piles of data.

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Former Haitian envoy to discuss reforestation plan, 4 pm Jan. 10

January 3, 2013 | By Peter Hickman |

Raymond Joseph, a former Haitian ambassador to the United States, will explore the importance of rebuilding his country's forests and promoting alternatives to wood for cooking at a National Press Club Newsmaker at 4 p.m. Jan. 10.

Joseph recently established a non-profit organization to support environmental protection in Haiti, A Dollar a Tree for Haiti.

The 2010 earthquake devastated the Caribbean country, whose tree cover is estimated at only 1.5 percent. If the decline is not reversed, Joseph said, "Haiti will soon become a desert."

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L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa addresses immigration reform, Jan. 14 luncheon

December 31, 2012 | By Jeffrey Ballou |

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will explore immigration reform at a National Press Club luncheon on Jan. 14.

Villaraigosa, a past president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, is expected to encourage President Barack Obama to follow through on his promise to make the issue a priority during his second term in his speech, "Immigration Reform: Now is the Time."

Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. The formal program, which includes a question-and-answer session, begins promptly at 1 p.m. and concludes at 2 p.m.

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Author to discuss book on phrases coined by presidents, 6:30 pm Jan. 15

December 31, 2012 | By Nicole Hoffman |

Paul Dickson will discuss his new book, "Words from the White House," from 6:30 - 8 p.m. on Jan. 15 in the conference rooms. A book signing will follow the discussion.

Tickets are free for National Press Club members; $5 for non-members. Registration is required here. This event is a fundraiser for the National Press Club Journalism Institute. No outside books will be permitted.

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Fourth Estate Restaurant New Year's Eve celebration cancelled

December 27, 2012

The Fourth Estate Restaurant's New Year's Eve celebration has been cancelled due to a lack of responses.

The restaurant will be open on Monday, Dec. 31, from 11:30 am until 2:30 pm, with its regular menu.

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Here's what to look forward to at the Club in early 2013

December 27, 2012 | By Jonathan D. Salant |

With 2012 fast drawing to a close, here's a peek at some of the Club events taking place early in the new year.

Jan. 21 -- Presidential inauguration. Executive Chef Susan Delbert is preparing special dishes for members and their guests in the Reliable Source, where extra TV sets are being set up to watch the festivities. Reserve at 202-662-7443 or

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