National Press Club

Headliners Book Event for media diversity pioneer Dorothy Butler Gilliam, Thursday

January 18, 2019 | By Lindsay Underwood |

Legendary civil rights journalist and activist Dorothy Butler Gilliam will share her aptly titled new memoir, "Trailblazer: A Pioneering Journalist's Fight to Make the Media Look More Like America," at a National Press Club Headliners Book Event at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, in the conference rooms.

The event, originally scheduled for Jan. 14, will feature a presentation by Gilliam, an audience question-and-answer session and a book signing. Tickets are $5 for Club members and $10 for the general public.

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Screening, discussion of documentary film, "Putin's Witnesses,' Jan. 16

January 16, 2019 | By Emily Wilkins |

The National Press Club will screen "Putin’s Witnesses" a documentary film that Variety called “riveting” and “incensed," Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 6 p.m. in the Murrow White Lisagor Conference Rooms.

The event is free for Club members and $5 for non-members. Tickets are available online.

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NPC in History: Eleanor Roosevelt breaks precedence

January 14, 2019 | By Gil Klein |

By 1938, in the four years that the National Press Club had been holding its regular luncheon speeches, it had never offered the podium to a woman. But Club President Harold Brayman of the Philadelphia Ledger decided to break that trend by inviting the most newsworthy woman in America: First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

Through the work of Maureen Beasley, a noted journalism historian and member of the Club’s History and Heritage Committee, the Club obtained facsimile copies of the correspondence between Mrs. Roosevelt and Brayman.

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Hurricane experts to examine impact of last two years of storms at Newsmaker, Tuesday

January 11, 2019 | By Lindsay Underwood |

With another damaging hurricane season in the books, two experts will discuss the impacts of the 2018 hurricane season and the status of the 2017 season's rebuilding effort at a National Press Club Newsmaker news conference Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 10 a.m. in the Zenger Room.

Scheduled to speak are National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration hurricane forecasting expert Gerry Bell and Massachusetts Institute of Technology disaster resilience expert Jeremy Gregory.

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Celebrity Chef Carla Hall to present newest cookbook at Jan. 17 dinner at the Fourth Estate restaurant

January 9, 2019 | By Susan Delbert |

Join celebrity chef Carla Hall of ABC's Emmy Award-winning "The Chew" at a wine dinner Jan. 17 showcasing her just published cookbook, "Carla Hall's Soul Food."

The award-winning chef, television personality and food activist explores her Nashville roots and delivers an original take on Southern comfort food, tracing soul food’s history from Africa and the Caribbean to the American South.

The Jan. 17 event marks Hall's second appearance at the National Press Club. The previous dinner sold out, so reserve early to avoid disappointment.

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Latest Club podcast explores newsletters with creators of two of them

January 4, 2019 | By Adam Konowe |

In the latest episode of the National Press Club podcast, Update-1, Club members Michael Yessis and Molly McCluskey discuss everything newsletters -– the ones they read, what they’ve learned by starting their own and advice for future newsletter creators.

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National Press Club in History: The Cold War ends in the Ballroom

January 3, 2019 | By Gil Klein |

In July 1989, three years after Soviet Union Premier Mikhail Gorbachev took office, his military advisor, Marshal Sergei Akhromeyev, told an astounded National Press Club Luncheon audience that Soviet satellites Poland and Hungary were free to go their own ways.

Akhromeyev was in the United States on a goodwill tour with Adm. William Crowe, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as Gorbachev’s Glasnost Policy to reform the Soviet Union was beginning to take hold.

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CVS Health CEO to address Aetna acquisition, health-care challenges at Headliners Luncheon, Jan. 14

January 2, 2019 | By Lindsay Underwood |

Following CVS Health’s recent $69 billion acquisition of Aetna, which created one of the largest health-care combinations in U.S. history, CVS Health President and CEO Larry Merlo will discuss how his company plans to address the current challenges in today’s health care system at a National Press Club Headliners Luncheon Monday, Jan. 14.

Overcoming these challenges, Merlo argues, requires transforming the system from within -- centering it on the needs of individuals to help them achieve their best health at a lower cost.

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What? You've never heard New Orleans Swamp Funk? Now's your chance at Kodjak inaugural, Jan. 12

January 2, 2019 | By Donna Leinwand Leger |

The Beat Hotel will cap off the festivities at the after party following National Press Club President-elect Alison Fitzgerald Kodjak's inauguration gala on Saturday, Jan. 12.

The band is known for its New Orleans Swamp Funk music, the Crescent City’s unique musical hybrid of R&B, funk, soul and blues.

The after party will follow a night of roasts and toasts to welcome Kodjak as the 112th president. Kodjak will be sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.

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Celebrate 112th NPC President Alison Fitzgerald Kodjak at inaugural fete, Jan. 12

January 2, 2019 | By Donna Leinwand Leger |

Enjoy a night of roasts and toasts as the National Press Club inaugurates Alison Fitzgerald Kodjak as the 112th president at a gala on Saturday, Jan. 12.

Purchase tickets here for a night that will include a swearing in with Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.

The inaugural gala begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $110 for Club members and one guest, and $140 for non-members.

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