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Milwaukee Press Club Event

A Milwaukee Press Club hosted or sponsored event.

Milwaukee City Birthday Party

The club presents the Milwaukee City Birthday Party at the end of each January. This party evolved from earlier days when Milwaukee Mayor Henry Maier would walk over to the old Press Club restaurant and, at lunchtime, present a state of the city address. The parties are now evening gatherings at various downtown locations and draw hundreds of attendees from throughout the community.

Gridiron Banquet

Each spring the club presents the Gridiron banquet, which incorporates the awards ceremony for the Excellence in Wisconsin Journalism contest, the Sacred Cat award and the Headliner award. The Sacred Cat award goes to a prominent national journalist. The Headliner award goes to a worthy civic, community or business leader from the area. See our list of past Sacred Cat winners and Headliners in the Contest & Honors section.

Milwaukee Media Hall of Fame Banquet

In October, the club presents the induction ceremony for the Milwaukee Media Hall of Fame. The club’s past presidents’ council nominates inductees, which the board ratifies. Names of all the inductees are displayed at the Newsroom Pub.

Special Ceremonies

When warranted, the club holds a special ceremony to invest members of the media or the community into, respectively, the circle of the Knights of the Golden Quill or the Knights of Bohemia. While the honors are serious, the ceremonies are conducted in a fun and lively manner.

Meet the Media

The annual Meet the (Milwaukee) Media event offers a unique networking opportunity to meet and mingle with Milwaukee’s journalists, business leaders and public officials! Media professionals from local television, radio, newspaper, magazine and online outlets will be tending bar at the Newsroom Pub. Local business leaders, public officials and others will also serve as “celebrity bartenders”.

Newsmaker Luncheons

The club holds Newsmaker Luncheons at the Newsroom Pub. Speakers and topics run the gamut. Held monthly at the Newsroom Pub, each event is a forum for a local, regional or national person or entity currently making headlines to speak and field questions from journalists and the public. Reservations are required and many events sell out. Admission (typically $20 for members, $25 for non-members and $15 for college students) includes lunch.

Behind the Headlines

Milwaukee Press Club’s Behind the Headlines Series is a new quarterly event where newsmakers will discuss the most pressing issues of the day in a forum that allow major stakeholders and opposing sides to weigh in, while a panel of journalists prods all of them with questions that get at the “why” and “how” behind stories making headlines across the state.  Admission (typically $20 for members, $25 for non-members and $18 for college students) includes lunch.

Annual Meetings

Since the opening of The Newsroom Pub in 2000, the club has elevated its September annual meeting from strictly a business meeting to a large social gathering with a keynote speaker.

Third Thursdays

The Pub is also the site of the club’s Third Thursday evening socials, when members and friends gather for fun.


An event not falling into any other category. (e.g. An online event or conference.)

Third-party Event

An event of potential interest to that is being sponsored or hosted by a third-party.

Calendar Notices / Events

(e.g. Calendar notices for events like holidays, contest deadlines, etc.)

Corporate Members


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