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National Press Club celebrates 75 years

Despite financial struggles, Press Club is still kicking

In January, 1928, two Ottawa newspaper journalists thought it would be a good idea to start a club for Parliament Hill reporters. So the now-defunct Ottawa Journal's Francis Rowse and Ottawa Citizen reporter Guy Rhoades started the Ottawa Press Club. For several years, the hacks and flacks didn't have a location, but met at the Ottawa House Hotel in Hull for beers and political discussions. Then in 1953, the reporters were given use of a facility above the then-Snow's Sparks Street jewelry shop. Later on, the club then moved to a spot above the Connaught Restaurant on Elgin Street and then finally moved into the National Press Building on 150 Wellington St.

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National Press Club celebrates 75 years

Despite financial struggles, Press Club is still kicking

In January, 1928, two Ottawa newspaper journalists thought it would be a good idea to start a club for Parliament Hill reporters. So the now-defunct Ottawa Journal's Francis Rowse and Ottawa Citizen reporter Guy Rhoades started the Ottawa Press Club. For several years, the hacks and flacks didn't have a location, but met at the Ottawa House Hotel in Hull for beers and political discussions. Then in 1953, the reporters were given use of a facility above the then-Snow's Sparks Street jewelry shop. Later on, the club then moved to a spot above the Connaught Restaurant on Elgin Street and then finally moved into the National Press Building on 150 Wellington St.

  

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ITK President Terry Audla and Labour Minister Kellie Leitch.
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