National Press Club

NPC in History: What was Harris and Ewing?

November 8, 2018 | By Gilbert Klein |

Anyone who rummages around the National Press Club photo archives will come across the credit line “Harris & Ewing.” And anyone who walks down F Street across from the National Press Building will see the name Harris & Ewing deeply carved above the entrance to a four-story building.

I didn’t think much about Harris & Ewing until last week when I spoke to the downtown Rotary Club. Before my talk, a Rotary historian, May Yoneyama O’Brien, gave a one-minute presentation on George Harris, who had founded the downtown Rotary Club and who was the Harris of Harris & Ewing.

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Can your fellow journos act? Find out when NPC members and McLean Drama Co. actors join for an evening of dramatic plays, Nov. 9

November 7, 2018 | By Emily Wilkins |

The National Press Club, in association with the McLean Drama Company(MDC), will host the premiere performance of “NPC/MDC Theater,” featuring a series of three award-winning, ten-minute plays performed by Club members alongside actors and directors from the McLean Drama Company.

This spirited event will be held in the Cosgrove Lounge on Friday, Nov. 9, at 6 p.m.

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Acclaimed presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin discusses "Leadership in Turbulent Times" at NPC Luncheon today

November 4, 2018 | By Lori Russo |

On the eve of the 2018 midterm elections, world-renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin will share her seventh and latest book, “Leadership in Turbulent Times,” at a National Press Club Headliners Luncheon on Monday.

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All that reading will make you hungry! Reserve your spot at the Annual Book Fair Roast Beef Buffet, tonight

November 2, 2018 | By Mesfin Mekonen |

National Press Club members and their guests are invited to the Annual Book Fair and Author Night Roast Beef Buffet on Friday, Nov. 2.

The buffet opens at 5:30 p.m. in the Reliable Source.

Stop in for a hearty meal either before or after you visit the Club's popular pre-holiday book fair. The price of the Roast Beef Buffet is $25 for Club members and $32 for non-members, plus tax and gratuity.

Reservations are encouraged because this event usually sells out. Please contact us at 202-662-7443 or e-mail at

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Tonight's the night for the NPC Book Fair. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

November 2, 2018 | By Chrystal White |

The region's premiere holiday book event returns Friday evening for its 41st year!

The National Press Club Journalism Institute is again partnering with landmark local book seller Politics & Prose for a night of pols, pundits and prose.

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NPR’s “All Things Considered” co-host Mary Louise Kelly talks about reporting from North Korea

November 2, 2018 | By Adam Konowe |

What challenges do journalists face when reporting from a secretive regime like North Korea? National Public Radio’s Mary Louise Kelly recently visited North Korea to cover the 70th anniversary of the country’s founding. She referred to her official guide as a “one-man journalism prevention service.”

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NPC in History: FDR gets his Club membership card

October 28, 2018 | By Gilbert Klein |

For its 25th anniversary bash on May 29, 1933 – the Silver Jubilee – the National Press Club invited President Franklin Roosevelt to be the guest of honor at the black-tie event less than three months after he was inaugurated.

As was customary, the Club wanted to present the new president of the United States with his membership card. Every president since Woodrow Wilson had been a Club member – and they all paid their dues, like any other member (a tradition that lasted through President Kennedy).

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White House photographers to tell what it takes to produce presidential images, Oct. 29

October 23, 2018 | By Alan Kotok |

Picture in your mind the president of the United States. Any president.

More than likely, that picture is the result of an image captured by news media or official staff photographers. A group of current and recent White House media and staff photographers will tell what it takes to produce those images in a National Press Club program called Photographing the President, on Monday, Oct. 29, at 6:30 p.m., a project of the Club's Photography Committee and World Press Photo DC.

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Club Institute draws big sponsors for Fourth Estate Award Gala, Nov. 29

October 23, 2018 | By Lindsay Underwood |

The National Press Club Journalism Institute, the Club’s non-profit affiliate, has collected nearly $50,000 in sponsor donations so far for this year’s Fourth Estate Award Gala. The annual event serves as a fundraiser for the Institute and celebrates journalistic achievement and press freedom.

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National Press Club in History: Club president elected to Congress

October 21, 2018 | By Gilbert Klein |

To get into National Press Club politics, perhaps more than a few Club presidents like to wheel and deal like a politician. And to be sure, many reporters in the Capitol press galleries think they could do a better job than the politicians they are covering.

But only one Club president made the leap from the Club to the House chamber.

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