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A snippet of National Press Club history: Nixon enjoyed Press Club events, friendships

January 23, 2017 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein, History & Heritage Committee |

Snippet #11: Former President Richard M. Nixon: Probably no president was more famous for hating the media thanNixon. But apparently it wasn't always that way.

As a young [Republican] senator from California, Nixon sometimes sat in on poker games with reporters at the National Press Club. Photos show him at Press Club events as vice president, playing softball and plunking on the piano, accompanying Jack Benny on violin. In every picture, he's smiling broadly.

The National Press Club -- where news (and sometimes friendships) are made in the nation's capital.

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Frank Sesno, Emmy Award winner, to explain the art of the interview, Jan. 24

January 19, 2017 | By Lindsay Underwood |

Frank Sesno, an Emmy Award-winning journalist and director of George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs, will discuss the value of asking the right kind of questions and what to expect as an outcome, on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at the National Press Club.

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the NPC's Holeman Lounge. Admission is free for Club members but registration is required.. Guest tickets are $10.

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A snippet of NPC history: End of Cold War marked by historic speeches at the Club

January 15, 2017 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein |

"The Cold War: A series of remarkable speeches between 1988 and 1991 marked the end of the Cold War. Soviet Marshal Sergei Akhromeyev announced that Hungary and Poland were free to leave the Soviet Bloc. Polish Solidarity leader Lech Walesa declared the Iron Curtain was dead. And Russia's first elected president, Boris Yeltsin, vowed there would be no return to Communism in his reborn nation. All these vital speeches were delivered at the National Press Club -- where news (some of it historic) is made in the nation's capital."

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'Muslim Girl' shares journey to blog, book at Jan. 18 NPC book rap

January 12, 2017 | By Kristin Szremski |

Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, founder and editor of, will discuss her book, "Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age", at a Book Rap on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 6:30 p.m., in the NPC conference rooms.

Tickets are $5 for club members and $10 for the public. Tickets are available by clicking here.

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Chair of U.S. House Committee on Cybersecurity to keynote January 11 training for journalists

January 9, 2017 | By Mike Freedman |

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chair of the House Committee on Cybersecurity, has been added as the keynote luncheon guest for the Cybersecurity Institute for Journalists training on Wed., Jan. 11, at the National Press Club.

NPC Members are offered a registration discount. For more information and to register, please click here.

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Jan. 12 Newsmaker: Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA), new ranking member of House Ways and Means Committee

January 9, 2017 | By Jamie Horwitz |

Richard Neal, the new ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee, will address a National Press Club Newsmaker news conference on Thurs., Jan 12, to discuss Democratic strategy as Congress considers the future of the Affordable Care Act.

The news conference featuring Neal, who represents Massachusetts 1st Congressional District, will begin at 10 a.m. in the club’s Bloomberg Room. No advance registration is required.

Rep. Neal also will discuss topics including the prospect of comprehensive tax reform in the 115th Congress and U.S. trade policy under a Trump administration.

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Just a few days left to reserve your spot for inauguration tips panel, Jan. 10

January 8, 2017 | By Herb Jackson |

Tap the wisdom of veteran reporters who will deliver tips for getting the best stories out of the presidential inauguration at a Jan. 10 program presented by the National Press Club Journalism Institute and the Professional Development Committee.

The program, which costs $5 for members and $10 for non-members, starts at 9.30am on Tuesday in the Murrow Room of the club. RSVP required. Click here to reserve your spot.

Confirmed panelists include:

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Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to make exit address at National Press Club, Jan. 11

January 8, 2017 | By Lindsay Underwood |

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will speak at a National Press Club newsmaker and take questions on Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 11 a.m.

Moniz, in one of his final public speaking appearances in Washington, will discuss how an increased focus on science and research and development has informed better policymaking and technology solutions, and how to protect the independence and integrity of scientists at the Department of Energy and its 17 National Labs.

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A snippet of NPC history: Charlie Chaplin to George Clooney, Hollywood has visited the Club

January 8, 2017 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein |

"Film stars: Hooray for Hollywood. It's a long tradition for the National Press Club to host movie stars. Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford were among the first. Since then James Stewart, Ingrid Bergman, Robert Redford, Audrey Hepburn, Sean Connery, Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Jane Fonda, Peter O'Toole, Morgan Freeman, Angelina Jolie, Tom Hanks, Goldie Hawn, Burt Lancaster, Whoopi Goldberg and George Clooney have all spoken here. The National Press Club--where news is made in the nation's capital. Some of it star-studded."

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Speak in the New Year! Enhance your presentation skills with Toastmasters, Jan. 9

January 8, 2017 | By Leslie Kingsley |

Come hone your presentation skills with the National Press Club’s Toastmasters group on Monday, Jan. 9 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the McClendon Room.

Develop your expertise by practicing prepared deliveries, extemporaneous speaking, and giving cogent answers to spontaneous questions. Share your knowledge by listening to others and offering them your critical feedback. You will hone your own communication talents while helping others to improve theirs.

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