National Press Club

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

The Beat Hotel

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.

Purchase tickets here.

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.

If you'd like to purchase a table or sponsor the event, please email Laura Coker at

Kodjak, the health-policy correspondent on National Public Radio's Science Desk, serves currently as the Club's vice president. Her work at NPR focuses on the business and politics of health care and how those forces flow through to the general public. Her stories about the Affordable Care Act, drug prices, limits on insurance and changes in Medicare and Medicaid appear on all of NPR's shows and in the Shots blog.

Breyer has served on the court since 1994. He was appointed by former President Bill Clinton. Before ascending to the Supreme Court, Breyer spent 14 years as a judge on the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals.