National Press Club

Tonight: Arrive early for screening of documentary on RFK's visit to South Africa

May 10, 2019 | By Aileen Roberta Schlef |

Organizers of tonight's screening and discussion of the documetary "RFK in the Land of Apartheid: A Ripple of Hope" anticipate a large crowd and are encouraging attendees to arrive by 6 p.m.

The program, scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 10, will feature producer/co-director Larry Shore of Hunter College and Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, former Maryland lieutenant governor and the eldest child of Ethel and Robert F. Kennedy.

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Just-departed FDA chief Scott Gottlieb to evaluate tenure at Headliners luncheon, May 10

May 9, 2019 | By Lori Russo and William Pierce | and

Dr. Scott Gottlieb, who left his position as commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration April 5, will reflect on his tenure at a National Press Club Headliners luncheon on Friday, May 10.

He will focus on how he moved his agenda thorough the agency and where he believes FDA should turn its attention in the future. He also will address his future plans to examine drug pricing policy in a new role at the American Enterprise Institute. The title of his speech is “Innovating Federal Policy: How we Advanced new Frameworks for Public Health Promotion”.

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Dionne Warwick joins discussion at dinner screening of songwriting documentary, May 20

May 2, 2019 | By Carmen Russell-Sluchansky |

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.

Joining the event are producers John Paulson and Karen Sherry and special guests Dionne Warwick and noted songwriter Valerie Simpson (“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”), both of whom are featured in the film. The discussion will be moderated by Club President Alison Fitzgerald Kodjak.

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Former State Department negotiator discusses North Korea on Update-1 podcast

April 30, 2019 | By Adam Konowe |

In the latest edition of Update-1, a former State Department North Korea negotiator analyzes the current efforts to promote nuclear disarmament.

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Nearly six dozen restaurants join Night Out for Austin Tice, May 2

April 29, 2019 | By Kristina Groennings |

Nearly six dozen restaurants throughout the United States will participate in a “Night Out for Austin Tice” later this week, exceeding the expectations of National Press Club organizers.

The restaurants, which totaled 70 as of Sunday, have agreed to donate a portion of their proceeds from their May 2 operations to a fund that would augment the $1 million FBI reward for information that leads to the safe return of Tice, an award-winning journalist who was taken hostage in August 2012 while covering the civil war in Syria.

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Former Sen. Richard Lugar was a Reliable Source regular, 87

April 29, 2019 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. and Andy Fisher |,

For many years during his career on Capitol Hill, former Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., had an apple and yogurt at his desk for lunch. When he joined the National Press Club in 2017, he became a lunchtime regular at the Reliable Source.

Lugar, the longest serving member of Congress from Indiana, died Sunday, April 28, at Inova Fairfax Heart and Vascular Institute in Virginia. The cause of death was complications from chronic inflammatory demylinating polyneuropathy. He was 87.

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NPC in History – We Want Willkie redux

April 29, 2019 | By Gilbert Klein |

The great thing about writing these history pieces for the Wire is that from time to time someone will contact me with additional information that makes the role of the National Press Club in history even more significant.

One of those times was last week. The piece I wrote was about Wendell Willkie’s speech at the Club just days before he was nominated as the 1940 Republican standard bearer against Franklin Roosevelt.

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Hoot, Hoot, HOOT! 'Truth Tellers' to perform at Silver Owls gathering, May 3

April 26, 2019 | By Chuck Lewis |

The haunting call of the Owl will echo through the National Press Club on Friday, May 3, as the Spring Hoot of the Club’s Silver Owls convenes to hear a distinguished journalist discuss his work – and make music.

Kevin Hall, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, will speak and the “Truth Tellers,” his musical group, will perform at the event. Hall is the chief economics correspondent and a senior investigative reporter for McClatchy Newspapers. He is currently pursuing investigations related to Russia and the Trump administration.

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The human cost of blue jeans: The status of child, forced labor in cotton supply chain, April 29

April 26, 2019 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. |

Human rights and labor experts will join the Uzbek ambassador to discuss the status of child and forced labor in the country at a National Press Club Headliners panel at 10 a.m. Monday, April 29, in the Bloomberg Room.

The free event is open only to credentialed media and Club members. Registration is required.

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NPC in History: "We Want Willkie!"

April 24, 2019 | By Gil Klein |

The casual reader of American history could not be faulted for skimming over the candidacy of Wendell Willkie as the 1940 Republican challenger to Franklin D. Roosevelt. After all, he was just one of four candidates that FDR vanquished in his unprecedented presidential victories.

However, the 1940 election came at a pivotal time in American and world history, and Willkie’s nomination was noteworthy for two major reasons.

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