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National Press Club Centennial Spelling Bee

The National Press Club

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 8:00 PM (EDT)

National Press Club Centennial Spelling Bee

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Lawmakers and journalists are getting ready to take the stage for the most American of showdowns: a spelling bee. And the public may not get another chance to see such a spectacle for a century.

One hundred years ago, the National Press Club organized a similar spelling bee, pitting members of Congress against Beltway reporters. In 1913, President Wilson attended, a member of his Cabinet moderated and an Ohio congressman won. Now the lawmakers have a chance to solidify their supreme spelling skills; the journalists have a shot at redemption.

On Sept. 18, 2013, the Press Club is reprising the "Best Speller in the United States" competition, to celebrate Washington, D.C., history, promote education and raise money for the club's non-profit Journalism Institute. Merriam-Webster will provide the words and the pronouncer. Washington satirist Mark Russell will make a special appearance. (And yes, tubers will likely get a mention early in the competition.)

Politician spellers include:

Rep. Matt Cartwright

Rep. Gerry Connolly

Sen. Chris Coons

Rep. Peter DeFazio

Rep. Anna Eshoo

Rep. Ted Deutch

Sen. Jeff Flake

Sen Tim Kaine

Sen. Christopher Murphy

Journalist spellers include:

Howard Fineman, Huffington Post

Ed Henry, Fox News

Major Garrett, CBS News

Kate Nocera, Buzzfeed

Rebecca Sinderbrand, Politico

Meredith Shiner, Roll Call

Ashley Southall, New York Times

Karen Tumulty, Washington Post

Toby Zakaria, Reuters

Additional spellers may be added.

This event is open to the media. To RSVP and reserve space, please contact katy_steinmetz@timemagazine.com.


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When & Where

National Press Club
529 14th St NW
13th Floor
Washington, 20045

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 8:00 PM (EDT)

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The National Press Club

The National Press Club, a private club for journalists and communications professionals, has been a Washington institution for more than a century. It is also a world-class conference and meeting facility that hosts thousands of events each year for sophisticated clients from around the globe. And while these are the Club’s functions, its mission is to be The World’s Leading Professional Organization for Journalists. It is a social and business organization dedicated to supporting the ongoing improvement of the profession of journalism.

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