National Press Club

Hamrick explores 'digital transition' in Kansas visits, highlights Oct. 24 luncheon speaker, TMZ's Levin

October 20, 2011

Journalism students, practitioners and news consumers are all concerned about the digital transition in the media industry, National Press Club President Mark Hamrick found during a recent visit to his native Kansas and his alma mater, the University of Kansas.

"It became clear to me that the tremendous shifts in technology we're all experiencing are also causing more than just a little stress," Hamrick writes in his latest blog post, which can be found on the Club homepage (www.press.org) in the From the President's Desk section.

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Volunteers needed for National Press Club's 34th annual Book Fair & Authors' Night

October 14, 2011 | By Joe Luchok | joseph.luchok@verizon.net

Volunteers are needed for the 34th annual National Press Club Book Fair scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 15, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Club's ballroom.

If you would like to volunteer for this year's Book Fair, please contact Joseph Luchok, volunteer coordinator, at joseph.luchok@verizon.net.

Most volunteers work with specific authors to ensure they have their needs met. A few volunteers will be asked to work the entry doors, welcome and direct people from the elevators, and help with other specific areas.

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Tickets selling fast for Natalie Cole luncheon, Oct. 19

October 11, 2011 | By Melissa Charbonneau | melcharbonneau@aol.com

Tickets are limited and nearing sellout for the National Press Club luncheon featuring Grammy-award-winning entertainer Natalie Cole on Wednesday, Oct. 19.

The daughter of crooning legend Nat King Cole, Cole was diagnosed with chronic hepatitis C in 2008. She will speak about the Tune In to Hep C campaign sponsored by the American Liver Foundation.

The singer, songwriter and performer re-recorded many of her father’s standards, including "Unforgettable," which sold more than seven million copies and also won Cole numerous Grammy Awards.

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Molten chocolate cake with bourbon sauce. Need I say more?

October 5, 2011 | By Donna Leinwand Leger | Dleinwand@usatoday.com

Fourth Estate Restaurant executive chef Susan Delbert has designed an elaborate gourmet feast to accompany a selection of fine bourbons at a bourbon dinner Tuesday, Oct. 18.

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New national report shows minority students disciplined more harshly, Newsmaker 10 a.m. Wednesday

October 3, 2011 | By Jamie Horwitz | jhdcp@starpower.net

Daniel Losen, one of the nation’s top experts on school discipline, will release a national study, "Discipline Policies, Successful Schools and Racial Justice" at a Newsmaker press conferenced 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5.

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Satirist Terry Pratchett introduces latest 'Discworld' book, 7 pm Oct. 14

October 2, 2011 | By Emily Whitten | ewhitten@law.gwu.edu

Terry Pratchett will discuss his latest book, “Snuff: A Novel of Discworld,” at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, in the National Press Club ballroom.

As a fundraiser for the Club’s Eric Friedheim Library, this is a ticketed event. You may purchase tickets and books at www.press.org/pratchett. The printed receipt will serve as a voucher and must be presented at the event check-in.

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Comic superhero creator Al-Mutawa to screen new animated series, 7 p.m. Thursday

October 2, 2011 | By Tim Young | timyoungjd@gmail.com

The Kuwaiti creator of a the first comic superheroes based on an Islamic archetype will screen highlights from a new animated series and discuss the superheroes at 7 p.m. Oct. 6 in the Murrow Room, or as we like to call it in comic land, the Hall of Justice.

The event, sponsored by the Young Members Committee features Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa, the Kuwaiti clinical psychologist and creator of
comic superheroes known as THE 99. Dr. Al-Mutawa discuss why making it available in the United States is proving to be the greatest challenge of all.

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Meet Jefferson Master Distiller at Bourbon Dinner, Oct. 18: Reserve now!

September 28, 2011 | By By Donna Leinwand Leger | dleinwand@usatoday.com

This popular event event returns for a second year!

Jefferson's Bourbon Master Distiller Trey Zoeller will guide you through a tasting featuring three bourbons, including the Presidential, and a rye during a multi-course bourbon dinner at the Fourth Estate Restaurant at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18.

The evening begins with a reception featuring a bourbon cocktail and includes a signed bottle of Jefferson Small Batch Bourbon signed by Zoeller (a $42 retail value). Malt Advocate calls Jefferson's "superbly balanced, sophisticated and very drinkable. An outstanding whiskey."

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TMZ.com celeb news founder Harvey Levin to address NPC luncheon, Oct. 24

September 27, 2011 | By Melissa Charbonneau | melcharbonneau@aol.com

Harvey Levin, the creator of the celebrity news website TMZ.com and executive producer of the entertainment television news magazine TMZ-TV will discuss how the show and website changed how people get entertainment and political news at a National Press Club Speakers Luncheon Monday, October 24.

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Environmental activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Maathai, 2005 NPC luncheon speaker, dies of cancer

September 27, 2011 | By Donna Leinwand Leger and Elizabeth Smith Brownstein | dleinwand@usatoday.com

Kenyan environmental activist Wangari Muta Maathai, the first African woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, died of cancer Sunday in a hospital Nairobi. She was 71.

Maathai, who founded the Green Belt Movement in 1977 to protect and revitalize Kenya's forests, spoke at the National Press Club on May 14, 2005, shortly after winning the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize.

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