Lawmakers Versus Journalists Spelling Bee At National Press Club September 18

Sep 12, 2013, 18:13 ET from National Press Club

WASHINGTON, Sept. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following release is being issued by the National Press Club:


WHAT: Politicians vs. Press Spelling Bee

WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 18 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: National Press Club

WHO: Nine members of Congress will face off against nine members of the news media in a spelling bee that will be conducted by spelling bee experts from Merriam-Webster. See participant names below

WHY: One hundred years ago, the National Press Club held a spelling bee pitting politicians vs. the press.  President Woodrow Wilson and members of his Cabinet were among the 1,000 people who showed up to watch. A House member won.  The Club thought it was time for a rematch. Satirist Mark Russell will set the stage for the event, which will raise money for the Club's Journalism Institute. Ticket information can be found at

Media wishing the cover the event should contact Katy Steinmetz at or 202-861-4016

Politician spellers include:
Rep. Matt Cartwright, Rep. Gerry Connolly, Sen. Chris Coons,
Rep. Peter DeFazio,
Rep. Ted Deutch,
Rep. Anna Eshoo,
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.

SOURCE National Press Club