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Plans are underway for the 2017 73rd Annual Congressional Dinner


Washington Press Club Foundation thanks speakers and guests for a great 72nd Annual Congressional Dinner


The Washington Press Club Foundation thanks all who joined together in 2016 for a great evening benefiting a great cause.  Two brave speakers, Sen. Lindsey Graham, and Sen. Barbara Boxer, and the fabulous master of ceremonies, Bill Plante entertained the hundreds of guests assembled at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Washington, DC.  

For those who couldn't attend, click here to view a video of the night's program.  


These lawmakers dazzled the sold out audience of journalists and their congressional guests with their  take on the lighter side of Capitol Hill life.  

The annual Congressional Dinner is the foundation's signature event, allowing journalists and the members of Congress they cover to come together for a nonpartisan evening in the spirit of promoting women and minorities in the nation's newsroom.


The foundation honored award-winning journalist Linda Deutsch with its Lifetime Achievement Award.


The foundation announced the winner of the annual David Lynch Award, Jonathan Tamari, recognizing excellence in coverage of Congress from a regional perspective.


Thank you to our 2016 Sponsors:

BP, UnitedHealth Group, Toyota, The Hill, CQ Roll Call, Washington Examiner, Ford Motor Company, National Retail Federation, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Beer Wholesalers Association, S-e Group


The Annual Congressional Dinner, which brings together Washington's media and political worlds for a memorable evening each winter, supports this and other Foundation programs.  Our sponsors who support the Internship Partnership as well as other WPCF initiatives are recognized at this dinner.  Click here to become a sponsor at the next dinner and support the work of the Foundation .  

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For the 2017 internship season the grants will be again be $6,000 for a 10 week internship with no matching funds required from the internship partner.  News organizations interested in applying for the 2015 WPCF Internship Partnership Program should contact the WPCF offices at 202-393-0613 or by email.               Read more at Internship News


The Foundation was established by the former Women's National Press Club which was founded in the early 1900's  to ensure that women had a voice in the press.  Today, the Foundation continues the work of these pioneers by sponsoring programs and events that encourage equality and diversity in the newsroom.  One current program, the WPCF Internship Partnership, provides funds so area newsrooms can pay student interns while they gain valuable experience covering Congress.