National Press Club

National Press Club softball team extends record playoff streak to 12 years

June 25, 2019 | By Clay F. Kaufman |

The National Press Club’s softball team finished the 2019 Metropolitan Media Softball League (MMSL) regular season with a strong 9-5 record and earned a #5 seed in the 10-team MMSL playoff tournament to be held July 13 and 14 at Cabin John Regional Park.

The team welcomes fans to come out and cheer them on during the playoffs, and is always looking for new Club members to join the team each spring.

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Tonight: Don't miss best-selling author of "Black Hawk Down" Mark Bowden on his new true crime book, 6:30 p.m.

June 24, 2019 | By Donna Leinwand Leger |

Mark Bowden, the author of 13 books including the bestselling “Black Hawk Down,” will discuss his newest book, “The Last Stone,” at a National Press Club Headliners Book Rap at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 24.

In “The Last Stone,” Bowden, who reported at the Philadelphia Inquirer for 20 years, returns to a 44-year-old crime that first captured his attention as a cub reporter at the now-defunct Baltimore News-American.

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National Press Club in history: The sound of news

June 24, 2019 | By Gilbert Klein |

The clatter of wire service teletype machines and ringing bells that alerted reporters and editors to something important about to be transmitted was for decades the background noise at the National Press Club. An alcove outside the ballroom housed the Club's Associated Press and United Press International teletype machines.

Each machine spit out copy constantly on long rolls of paper. A Club employee cut those rolls into manageable sizes that would be attached to the wall. They often hung down about five or six feet. The machines need a constant supply of paper and fresh ink ribbons.

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Acting Defense Secretary Esper cancels June 24 Headliners luncheon

June 19, 2019 | By Donna Leinwand Leger |

Acting Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper has canceled his address to a National Press Club Headliners luncheon that was scheduled for Monday, June 24.

Esper, who had committed to speak as Secretary of the Army on the current state of the Army, was named on Tuesday by President Trump to lead the Department of Defense. Trump said he plans to nominate Esper to permanently fill the Pentagon spot.

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Acting Secretary of Defense Mark Esper to speak on status of Army in 21st century, Monday, June 24

June 18, 2019 | By Lori Russo |

Acting Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper will address a National Press Club Headliners luncheon on Monday, June 24, on the current state of the Army and how it is adapting to the challenges of the 21st Century.

Esper has previously served as Secretary of the Army. On Tuesday, President Trump named Esper acting Secretary of Defense after Patrick Shanahan withdrew as the nominee for the permanent Pentagon post.

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NPC in History: The first woman president

June 16, 2019 | By Gilbert Klein |

Vivian Vahlberg became a Washington correspondent at the unusually young age of 22. Growing up in Oklahoma City, she was bitten by the journalism bug in junior high school. While she went to Rice University to study sociology, every summer she came home to work at the Daily Oklahoman. She to graduate school at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism,and in the fall of 1970 she was reporting in Washington as part of Medill’s D.C. program.

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Neil Irwin, NYT economics writer to discuss latest book "How to Win in a Winner-Take-All World," Wednesday, June 26

June 16, 2019 | By Bill McQuillen |

New York Times senior economics correspondent Neil Irwin will discuss his new book, “How to Win in a Winner-Take-All World: The Definitive Guide to Adapting and Succeeding in High-Performance Careers,” in a National Press Club Headliners book event on Wednesday, June 26.

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Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., to update media on Intel Committee investigations today

June 15, 2019 | By Donna Leinwand Leger |

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, will update the media on the status of the committee's investigations into whether Russia or other foreign governments attempted to influence U.S. elections at a National Press Club Headliners event on Wednesday, June 19, at 10 a.m.

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Journalism Institute announces Jim Kuhnhenn as new Press Freedom Fellow

June 14, 2019 | By Julie Moos |

Julie Moos, executive director of the National Press Club Journalism Institute, the non-profit affiliate of the National Press Club, announced the appointment of veteran journalist Jim Kuhnhenn as its 2019-2020 Press Freedom Fellow. Established in 2016, the fellowship helps direct advocacy for press freedoms in the United States and abroad.

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Democratic presidential primary candidate and former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper to outline plan to expand access to birth control

June 12, 2019 | By Charles F. Porcari |

As state-led efforts to restrict abortion draw controversy, Democratic presidential candidate and former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper will explain his state's approach to curbing both abortion and teen pregnancies at a National Press Club Headliners Newsmaker event on Thursday, June 13, at 10:45 a.m. in the First Amendment Lounge.

The Colorado Family Planning Initiative helped reduce the both the rate of teen pregnancies and abortion by nearly 50%. The state-administered program was funded by private donations.

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