National Press Club

This week in Club history: A headline for the ages

August 14, 2018 | By Gil Klein |

One of the most famous headlines in American journalism came out of a speech that President Gerald Ford delivered at a National Press Club luncheon on Oct. 29, 1975.

New York City had severe financial problems, and the issue of the day was whether the federal government would help the city avoid default. Then, as now, Republicans were averse to helping the city..

David Gergen, then an aide to Treasury Secretary William Simon, said he had been asked to contribute to a draft of the speech that would be delivered at the Club.

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Club's successful effort to Free Emilio lauded in Star-Ledger editorial

August 12, 2018 | By Jonathan D. Salant |

The Star-Ledger of Newark lauded the National Press Club for its successful efforts to free Emilio Gutierrez Soto, the Mexican journalist threatened with deportation by the Trump administration.

The editorial, which also ran on, described the Club's work on behalf of Gutierrez Soto, who was jailed and threatened with deportation after criticizing the U.S. government's policy toward asylum seekers during a speech at the Club where he accepted the John Aubuchon Award for Freedom of the Press on behalf of Mexican journalists.

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Experience innovative interpretations of modern Indian cuisine at Rasika dinner, Sept. 25

August 11, 2018 | By Donna Leinwand Leger |

Develop a deeper understanding of the nuances of modern Indian cuisine with the chef and restauranteur behind Washington’s highly acclaimed restaurant Rasika at a National Press Club cookbook dinner on Sept. 25.

Diners will leave with a copy of “Rasika: Flavors of India,” a cookbook by restauranteur Ashok Bajaj and James Beard award-winning chef Vikram Sunderam. Bajaj and Sunderam have reinvented the classics of modern Indian cuisine with local, seasonal ingredients. Rasika and Rasika West End are repeatedly cited among the top restaurants in the United States.

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Emily's List president to discuss 2018 elections at Headliners Luncheon, Sept. 18

August 8, 2018 | By Lori Russo |

With a record number of women running for public office this year, Stephanie Schriock, president of Emily's List, will appear at a National Press Club Headliners Luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 18. She will review the field of Democratic women who support abortion rights and explain why she believes this new wave of female candidates has the power to shift the balance of power in Washington.

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This week in Club history: Speaking to the Club – remotely

August 8, 2018 | By Gil Klein |

While thousands of people have spoken at National Press Club luncheons, only one so far has appeared in a two-way electronic connection that allowed him to appear in the ballroom without actually being there.

The U.S. government would not allow Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to visit Washington. His views on eradicating Israel, his support for terrorists throughout the Middle East and his threat to create nuclear weapons made him anathema to Americans. Many inside and out of the government warned that war with Iran could be inevitable.

That made him news.

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A first-hand account of covering the Trump administration

August 8, 2018 | By Adam Konowe |

On the latest edition of Update-1, the National Press Club's podcast, Bloomberg News White House correspondent Margaret Talev discusses how to do your job when the president of the United States disses the news media while his fans at rallies scream at the reporters in the press row.

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Former Ed Secretary Duncan prepares Book Rap for Sept. 20 on 'How Schools Work'

August 2, 2018 | By Lindsay Underwood |

Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education under President Barack Obama, plans to share his new book How Schools Work: An Inside Account of Failure and Success from One of the Nation’s Longest Serving Secretaries of Education at a National Press Club Headliners Book Rap on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 10 a.m. in the Club’s First Amendment Lounge.

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Tee Off at Woodmore Country Club to support NPC's Journalism Institute, Sept. 4

August 2, 2018 | By Doug Harbrecht |

Tee off on Sept. 4 at the Country Club at Woodmore in Mitchellville, Maryland, to support the National Press Club Journalism Institute's 7th Annual Golf Invitational.

This great day of golf begins with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Golfers should plan to arrive by 8:30 a.m. The cost is $125 for Club members, $150 for individual registration and $500 for a foursome registration. Register online. Club members must log in to receive the member promotion.

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2018 Aerospace Media Dinner presents journalism excellence awards

July 31, 2018 | By Adam Konowe |

The annual Aerospace Media Dinner was held this year at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London on July 15, the eve of the biennial Farnborough International Air Show.

National Press Club Broadcast/Podcast Team member Adam Konowe, head of the judging panel, was at the event, which was founded by industry veteran Peter Bradfield. Konowe interviewed Bradfield two days later at the show for Update-1, the Club's podcast.

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Wall Street Journal, CQ Roll Call, Reuters and KDVR win top NPC prizes

July 30, 2018 | By Will Lester |

The Wall Street Journal, CQ Roll Call and Reuters won first-place awards and KDVR of Denver had two winning finishes in the 2018 National Press Club journalism contest.

The Wall Street Journal won the breaking news prize for its coverage of the Amazon/Whole Foods merger. Kate Ackley of CQ Roll Call won the Lee Walczak Award for Political Analysis and John Donnelly, also of CQ Roll Call, won the Michael A. Dornheim Award.

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