Who We Are
The Overseas Press Club of America is the nation’s oldest and largest association of journalists engaged in international news. Every April, it awards the most prestigious prizes devoted exclusively to international news coverage. It was founded in 1939 by nine foreign correspondents in New York City, and has grown to nearly 500 members worldwide. The club’s mission is to uphold the highest standards in news reporting, advance press freedom and promote good fellowship among colleagues while educating a new generation of journalists.
Address: 40 West 45th St, New York, NY 10036
OPC Executive Director, Patricia Kranz
OPC Office Manager, Emily Brown
OPC Website Manager and Social Media Editor, Chad Bouchard
OPC Foundation President, William J. Holstein
OPC Foundation Executive Director, Jane Reilly
OPC activities include:
The OPC Foundation bestows 15 scholarships or fellowships every year for graduate and undergraduate students studying at American colleges and universities, or Americans studying abroad, who aspire to become foreign correspondents. Check for deadlines and more information at overseaspressclubfoundation.org.
The OPC’s website and monthly Bulletin keep foreign correspondents around the world connected with colleagues and up to date on press freedom issues and club activities. The website’s resources page lists links to services offered by other organizations that support international journalists and press freedom
The OPC offers free wallet-sized photo IDs to working journalists. A large, government-sized photo ID is available for a nominal fee. OPC Connect, a closed Facebook group open exclusively to OPC members, allows freelancers to network with assignment editors, photo editors and editors-in-chief of major news organizations.
Panel discussions and video chats on current international events, book nights with authors and international film previews.
The OPC’s website hosts a training archive including videos of programs hosted in New York City and online video chats with award winners and newsmakers. Topics include tips on investigative reporting and staying safe while reporting on hostile groups.
Following intense competition, the club presents 22 awards for coverage of international news. Each year, a special President’s Award goes to one journalist to honor distinguished service in the field of journalism.
The OPC has reciprocal relationships with about 40 press clubs around the globe. Members can also receive special privileges at all 15 Club Quarters hotels in the United States and four Club Quarters hotels in London as well as Stephen’s Green Hibernian Club in Dublin.
The introductory video below was prepared by Lesley Topping.