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National Press Club in history: Why 14th and F streets?

June 19, 2018 | By Gilbert Klein |

Why are we here?

When someone starts an essay with “Why are we here?” usually it is followed by some existential angst. But in this case, the question is: Why is the National Press Club at the corner of 14th and F Streets? It all goes back to the Civil War, as do so many things in Washington.

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Podcast interview discusses investigative journalism, then and now

June 19, 2018 | By Adam Konow |

Investigative journalism has a long history in the United States, from scandal to significant public service.

On the latest edition of Update-1, National Press Club Broadcast/Podcast Committee member Irv Chapman talks with Mark Feldstein, who for 20 years was an award-winning investigative reporter for CNN, ABC News and local stations. He's now the chair of broadcast journalism at the University of Maryland.

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Fourth Estate dinner to commemorate, recreate 2004 Anthony Bourdain dinner, July 24

June 17, 2018 | By Susan Delbert |

Anthony Bourdain, who died June 8, will be sadly missed, but not easily forgotten. On November 23, 2004, Bourdain launched the publication of the “Les Halles Cookbook”--named for the New York City bistro at which he had been the executive chef since 1998--at a cookbook/wine dinner in the Fourth Estate restaurant.

To honor his memory, the Fourth Estate is planning to re-create the six-course meal served in 2004--adding hors d’oeuvres--at a dinner July 24.

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Press conference to present Ethiopian journalist released from seven-year prison sentence, June 20

June 17, 2018 | By Rachel Oswald |

Then National Press Club Journalism Institute and the Club's Press Freedom Committee will host a press conference for Ethiopian journalist Eskinder Nega on Wednesday, June 20, at 6.30 p.m. in the Club's Lisagor Room. This is a free event however RSVPs are required and can be reserved here.

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Book Fair now accepting author applications

June 15, 2018 | By Crystal White |

The region’s premiere holiday book event, the National Press Club's Book Fair and Author's Night, is back for the 41st year and will accept author applications through 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21. Applications received after the deadline will not be reviewed.

The Book Fair will be Friday, Nov. 2, in the Club’s historic ballroom from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

All literary genres are considered. Self-published books and books only available in e-format will not be accepted.

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Pulitzer winner Jon Meacham to discuss new book at Club breakfast event, June 20

June 12, 2018 | By Tamara Hinton |

Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Jon Meacham will discuss his latest book, "The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels," at a National Press Club Headliners Book and Breakfast Event Wednesday, June 20, at 8 a.m. in the Club’s Fourth Estate restaurant.

Meacham is the author of several New York Times bestsellers including "Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power," "American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House" and "Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush."

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Did the Korean War start at the National Press Club?

June 12, 2018 | By Gilbert Klein |

As President Trump’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un appears to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula, we should look back at a time when the National Press Club may have played a role in launching the Korean War.

With the Cold War heating up following the success of the communist revolution in China, Secretary of State Dean Acheson chose a Club Luncheon on Jan. 12, 1950, to outline America’s defense perimeter in the Far East. He said it included Japan, Okinawa and the Philippines. Not mentioned were South Korea and Taiwan.

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Jeff Bezos and John Henry remaking newspapers for the 21st Century – Headliners Book Rap, June 13

June 8, 2018 | By Lori Russo |

Dan Kennedy, author of “The Return of the Moguls: How Jeff Bezos and John Henry Are Remaking Newspapers for the Twenty-First Century,” will explain how a new crop of business-minded press barons have the power to reshape the industry and democracy itself at a National Press Club Headliners Book Rap at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, in the Club’s conference rooms.

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Past National Press Club President Doug Harbrecht to serve as interim executive director of Journalism Institute

June 6, 2018 | By Barbara Cochran |

Doug Harbrecht, a past president of the National Press Club, will serve as interim executive director of the NPC Journalism Institute this summer.

Harbrecht, who retired in Jaunuary as director of digital media for Kiplinger, is stepping in to lead the Club’s non-profit educational arm after the death last month of longtime executive director Julie Schoo.

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Tonight: Author Peter Lovenheim discusses new book, "The Attachment Effect"

June 6, 2018 | By Tamara Hinton |

Award-winning journalist and author Peter Lovenheim will appear at a National Press Club Headliners book event to discuss his new work, "The Attachment Effect: Exploring the Powerful Ways Our Earliest Bond Shapes Our Relationships and Lives," at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 7.

Lovenheim, who spent years researching attachment theory, will help audience members understand their own attachment styles and how they affect the way they interact with the rest of the world.

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