National Press Club

State Attorneys General lead Feb. 9 Newsmaker on Health Act Constitutionality

February 1, 2012 | By Ronald Baygents | ronaldbaygents@aol.com

State Attorneys General Martha Coakley of Massachusetts and Ken Cuccinelli of Virginia, on opposing sides, will lead a National Press Club Newsmaker titled, “The Affordable Health Care Act -- Constitutional or Not?”

The event Thursday, Feb. 9 at 10 a.m. will serve as a prelude to Supreme Court consideration of the law in late March. The Newsmaker takes place in a conference room at the Club, located on the top floor at 529 14th St. N.W., Washington.

Questions? Contact Robert Weiner, weinerpublic@comcast.net

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The Onion's Baratunde Thurston, author and comedian, introduces book Feb. 13

January 30, 2012 | By Emily S. Whitten | ewhitten@law.gwu.edu

Baratunde Thurston, of Jack and Jill Politics and The Onion, will discuss his new satirical book, “How to Be Black,” as part of the NPC Book & Author series on February 13, 6:30 p.m, in the Conference Rooms.

Thurston shares his 30-plus years of expertise in being black, with helpful essays like “How to Be the Black Friend,” “How to Speak for All Black People,” “How To Celebrate Black History Month,” and more, in his humorous guide to race issues. The book also critiques the media's portrayal of blackness as one-dimensional.

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CEO to discuss challenges for business in North Africa, Mideast at Feb. 7 Newsmaker

January 30, 2012 | By Ronald Baygents | ronaldbaygents@aol.com

Richard Fenning, chief executive officer of Control Risks, will discuss how the civil unrest of the Arab Spring has affected the way people do business in North Africa and the Middle East. “Planning for low-probability but high-impact events must be part of any sensible strategic forecast,” he said. The Newsmaker begins at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 7, in the National Press Club's Lisagor Room. Contact: Kimberly Mikec, kimberly.mikec@gmail.com

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How secure are we? DHS Secretary Napolitano delivers "State of America's Homeland Security," Jan. 30 luncheon

January 27, 2012 | By Patti Giglio | patti@psgcom.net

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano delivers the second annual "State of America’s Homeland Security" address at a National Press Club luncheon on Monday, Jan. 30.

Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. with the speech beginning at 1 p.m. and ending at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $19 for Club members, $30 for guests of members and $37 for general admission.

To reserve tickets, please e-mail reservations@press.org or call 202-662-7501. Tickets must be paid for at time of reservation.

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Former congressmen Kennedy, Ramstad to discuss mental health issues at March 14 luncheon

January 27, 2012 | By Robert Carden | bob@cardencom.com

Former Reps. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) and Jim Ramstad (R-MN) will discuss the Mental Health Parity Act at a National Press Club luncheon Wednesday, March 14.

Authors of the legislation named after the late Sen. Paul Wellstone, they will talk about the challenges surrounding its implementation. The law prohibits health insurance companies from discriminating against those who have a mental illness.

Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. Remarks will begin at 1 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session ending at 2 p.m.

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Mind-body medicine pioneer Deepak Chopra slated for April 4 luncheon

January 27, 2012 | By Doris Margolis | dorismargolis@editorialassociates.com

Internationally known mind-body physician Deepak Chopra will address the healing power of spirituality at a National Press Club luncheon on April 4.

The event will coincide with publication of his latest book, "Spiritual Solutions: Answers to Life’s Greatest Challenges." Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing immediately following the luncheon.

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Actor Alec Baldwin talks art, politics at April 19 luncheon

January 26, 2012 | By Robert Carden | bob@cardencom.com

Actor and political activist Alec Baldwin will speak about art and politics at a National Press Club luncheon on Thursday, April 19.

Baldwin, perhaps best known for his role as Jack Donaghy on the hit television show "30 Rock," has long been active in progressive political causes.

Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m., with remarks beginning at 1 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session ending at 2 p.m.

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BET Founder Robert Johnson to discuss minority unemployment, wealth gap, 10 am Feb. 1

January 25, 2012 | By Patti Giglio | patti@psgcom.net

Business leader Robert L. Johnson will discuss the wealth gap between white and black Americans during a Newsmaker press conference at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1.

The founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET) will urge CEOs to take a page from the NFL owners’ playbook and adopt a voluntary version of the Rooney Rule to level the playing field for minorities in corporate America.

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Election Coverage Boot Camp: Prepping for polls, 9:30 a.m. Feb. 2

January 25, 2012 | By Julie Schoo | JSchoo@press.org

The National Press Club Journalism Institute and the Regional Reporters Association are kicking off a yearlong series of programs for reporters covering the 2012 campaign with a panel discussion on covering polls at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 2.

Please reserve at professionaldevelopment@press.org

The program will be held in the Club's Bloomberg Training Center. Topics will include:

How campaigns and the media use polls for different purposes

How to read the numbers and find stories that are not in the press release

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Eleanor Herman, King Peggy of Ghana launch new book, 6:30 pm Feb 22

January 25, 2012 | By Nicole Hoffman | nhoffman@press.org

Eleanor Herman and King Peggy of Ghana will discuss their new book "King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village" at a Book and Author event 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22

"King Peggy" chronicles the astonishing journey of an American secretary who suddenly finds herself king of a town of 7,000 souls on Ghana's central coast, half a world away.

Reservations are required for and may be made at opus@press.org or by calling 202-662-7523. This event is free for Club members, $5 for all non-members.

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