National Press Club

Belafonte highlights human rights in developing world at 1983 luncheon

July 8, 2013 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein |

This Week In National Press Club History

July 7, 1983: Harry Belafonte, popular singer and social activist, speaks about human rights in the developing world at a National Press Club luncheon. Over the years, many other entertainers, including singer-songwriter John Denver, hip-hop star Chris ”Ludacris” Bridges, folk singer Joan Baez, and pop and R & B singer Dionne Warwick, have brought attention to pressing social issues, including literacy, world hunger, genocide, and AIDS, at the Club.

Read more

Austrian priest to promote optional celibacy, ordination of women, 10 am July 22

July 2, 2013 | By Herb Perone |

The Rev. Helmut Schuller, an Austrian Catholic priest and a leader in the church reform movement, will call for fundamental changes in the world's largest Christian denomination at a National Press Club Newsmaker at 10 a.m., Monday, July 22, in the Zenger Room.

Schuller, co-founder of The Preachers’ Initiative, a growing international organization of thousands of priests and deacons, will explore the group's “Call to Disobedience.”

Read more

Horton, Gonzalez tapped as NPC 5K co-marshals, Sept. 7

July 2, 2013 | By Melinda T. Cooke |

Tony Horton, international fitness trainer and author, will once again serve as the celebrity race marshal for the 16th annual "Beat the Deadline" NPC 5K on Sept. 7.

Erika Gonzalez, local NBC4 reporter and anchor, will join Horton as co-race marshal of this year’s race, which benefits education and diversity in journalism.

The race will start at 7:30 a.m. at the corner of 14th and F streets. N.W. Horton will lead a pre-race warm-up with his P90X® Home Fitness program at 7:15 a.m.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more