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Scripps Spelling Bee Pits Journalists vs. Politicians

Congress will face off against the media in a spelling bee Wednesday night at the National Press Club in Northwest D.C.

The “Politicians vs. Press” event, sponsored by Discovery Communications, begins at 7 p.m. and will include both individual and team competitions.

“The Scripps National Spelling Bee is proud to be administering this competition for the National Press Club,” said Paige Kimble, Scripps Bee executive director. “As the world’s leading authority on spelling bees, it is fitting for us to partner with an organization that respects and values its traditions as much as we do. We take our spelling seriously, but we also recognize this event as an opportunity to raise money for a worthy cause and a chance for two high-profile groups to show off their mastery of words under the pressures of onstage spelling.”

Featured among the bee’s political participants are Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Jeff Flake, (R-Ariz.), and Reps. Brendan Boyle (D-Pa.), Don Beyer (D-Va.), Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), Brad Ashford (D-Neb.), Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) and Tom Emmer (R-Minn.).

The team attempting to win for journalists includes Angela Greiling Keane of Bloomberg News, David Kerley of ABC News, Rebecca Sinderbrand of The Washington Post, Yochi Dreazen of Foreign Policy, Rod Kuckro of E&E News, Karoun Demirjian of The Washington Post, Ellyn Ferguson of CQ Roll Call and Nick Gass of Politico.

Unlike the youth spellers who’ll participate in Scripps’ annual nationwide contest at National Harbor, Maryland, in May, the press club spellers will be eliminated after their second misspelling. When there is one speller remaining, he or she must spell the word correctly in that round and then spell a second word correctly in the final one-word round to be declared champion.

Tickets are $10 for press club members and $15 for non-members. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the club’s Journalism Institute.

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