National Press Club

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to speak at June 3 Headliners luncheon

May 15, 2019 | By Lori Russo |

Andrew Wheeler, the 15th Environmental Protection Agency administrator, will deliver an address at a National Press Club Headliners luncheon on Monday, June 3.

Prior to his confirmation on Feb. 28, Wheeler served as acting administrator, a position he had held since July 2018, upon the resignation of former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. Wheeler was previously confirmed as the deputy administrator in April 2018.

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Learn how to "Aim High" with former Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James at May 30 book event

May 15, 2019 | By Lori Russo |

As Secretary of the U.S. Air Force under President Barack Obama, Deborah Lee James says she "served as CEO” of a 660,000-person, $139 billion enterprise. She will discuss her experiences at the highest levels of the U.S. Armed Forces and her new book, “Aim High: Chart Your Course and Find Your Success” at a National Press Club Headliners Book Event at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 30.

It will take place in the conference rooms and will feature a moderated discussion with the author, an audience Q&A session and a book signing.

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'60 Minutes' Correspondent Scott Pelley on "Truth Worth Telling" at today's NPC luncheon

May 15, 2019 | By Lori Russo |

"60 Minutes" correspondent and veteran journalist Scott Pelley will share his new memoir, “Truth Worth Telling: A Reporter’s Search for Meaning in the Stories of our Times,” at a National Press Club Headliners luncheon, Wednesday, May 22.

Best known for his award-winning work as a "60 Minutes" correspondent and as anchor and managing editor of the "CBS Evening News" from 2011 to 2017, Pelley chronicles his journey through historic events including 9/11, the conflicts in Iran and Afghanistan and his thoughts on free speech and freedom of the press.

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Expanded menu announced for dinner with Pok Pok's Andy Ricker at the Fourth Estate restaurant, May 23

May 15, 2019 | By Susan Delbert |

James Beard Award-winning chef Andy Ricker, whose Pok Pok Thai restaurants in Portland and New York have drawn critical acclaim, will launch his new Thai cookbook at a dinner May 23 in the Fourth Estate restaurant at the National Press Club.

The dinner will feature dishes from Ricker's "Pok Pok Noodles" cookbook, which offers a guide to making iconic Thai dishes at home along with stunning location photos and the stories behind the food.

The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with passed appetizers. Dinner will be served family-style, in the Thai fashion, at 7 p.m.

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Event explores impact of foreign reporting on Thursday, June 6 at 12:30 p.m.

May 14, 2019 | By Carmen Russell |

The National Press Club International Correspondents Team is hosting “Impact of Foreign Reporting and Children at Risk in the Central African Republic" on Thursday, June 6 at 12:30 p.m.

The event is expected to feature award-winning NBC News correspondent Cynthia McFadden, UNICEF-USA President and CEO Caryl Stern, and U.N. Foundation Senior Vice President Peter Yeo. Please RSVP by clicking here. The price is $5 for Club members and $10 for non-members.

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Club hosts Dionne Warwick, Valerie Simpson for screening documentary on Hal David, May 20

May 14, 2019 | By Carmen Russell |

The National Press Club Events Team will host a special dinner and screening of “What the World Needs Now: Words by Hal David," a PBS documentary tribute to the man who wrote many of the most enduring songs in American popular music, at 6 p.m. Monday, May 20. Tickets are available to the public (with discounts for Club members) and include dinner and the panel discussion. They can be purchased online by clicking here.

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NPC in History: Prohibition at the National Press Club

May 14, 2019 | By Gil Klein |

The beginning of Prohibition in America must have been a slap in the face of a National Press Club founded on a bar and a poker table. And to make matters worse, Prohibition began in the District of Columbia six months before the rest of the nation –- June 30, 1919.

The question was: Would the Club use its private status as well as its influence with politicians and law enforcement to satisfy the members’ thirst for adult beverages? The answer, to the chagrin of many, was absolutely not.

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Senate Historian discusses upcoming celebration of 19th Amendment

May 11, 2019 | By Adam Konowe |

The latest edition of the National Press Club's Update-1 podcast features U.S. Senate Historian Betty Koed talking about the many resources her office offers journalists to help them cover current events and put their stories into a historical context.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post editor Maraniss to discuss blacklisting of his journalist father in book talk, May 17

May 10, 2019 | By Donna Leinwand Leger |

Journalist David Maraniss, whose coverage of Bill Clinton as a presidential candidate earned a Pulitzer Prize, will discuss his latest book, “A Good American Family,” at a National Press Club Headliners breakfast on May 17.

Doors open at 8:30 a.m. with a light breakfast of coffee, tea, muffins and pastries. The program begins promptly at 9 a.m.

Maraniss, an associate editor at The Washington Post, has written 11 books, including biographies of Barack Obama, Vince Lombardi, Al Gore and Roberto Clemente. In his twelfth book, he turns his journalist’s eye on his own family.

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NPC in History: Promoting the Great War

May 10, 2019 | By Gil Klein |

Woodrow Wilson narrowly won the 1916 election with the slogan, “He Kept Us Out of War.” But within one month of his inauguration, he asked Congress for a declaration of war, promising that it would be a “war to make the world safe for democracy.”

That put the president in the unenviable position of changing American public opinion over night from opposing America’s entry into the war to whole-heartedly supporting it. His first idea was heavy-handed censorship legislation to control all information about the war – something far afield from making for a safe democracy.

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