WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS’ ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES ENTERTAINER FOR THE 2017 DINNER
The White House Correspondents’ Association is delighted to announce that Hasan Minhaj, a brilliant comedian and Senior Correspondent on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” will be the entertainer at our annual dinner on Saturday, April 29, 2017.
WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS’ ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES 2017 AWARD WINNERS
BOB WOODWARD, CARL BERNSTEIN TO SPEAK AND PRESENT AWARDS AT WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS’ DINNER ON APRIL 29.
The White House Correspondents’ Association is pleased to announce that Greg Jaffe of the Washington Post, Edward Isaac-Dovere of Politico, and David Fahrenthold of The Washington Post are the winners of our 2017 journalism awards.
The awards will be presented by journalism icons Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday, April 29 at the Washington Hilton. “The WHCA congratulates our award winners and looks forward to honoring them at our annual dinner, which will be a celebration of the First Amendment and good journalism,” said Jeff Mason, WHCA president and White House Correspondent for Reuters. “No one is better suited to speak about the importance of a free and independent press than Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. We are delighted they accepted our invitation to present these prestigious awards.”
The WHCA represents the White House press corps in its dealings with the administration and advocates for journalists’ ability to see and report on the president and his staff.
WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS’ ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES 2017 SCHOLARS
The White House Correspondents’ Association is pleased to announce its 2017 scholarship winners in partnership with Columbia University, the George Washington University, Howard University, Northwestern University, Ohio University, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Maryland and the University of Missouri.
The 23 winners will be recognized at the association’s annual dinner on April 29.
“We are thrilled to recognize these outstanding scholarship winners, who represent the future of our profession and illustrate the importance of fighting for First Amendment freedoms,” said Jeff Mason, WHCA president and White House Correspondent for Reuters. “We look forward to celebrating them at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner and watching them as they progress in their careers.”
ANNOUNCING THE NEW WHCA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
April 3, 2017
Dear WHCA members,
I am pleased to share with you today that the White House Correspondents’ Association has hired a new executive director to succeed Julia Whiston, who is stepping down in May after two decades of stellar service. After conducting a nationwide search, fielding over 100 applications and conducting interviews with more than 10 candidates, we are happy to announce that Steve Thomma, former White House Correspondent and former Politics and Government Editor at McClatchy, will be taking over as executive director of the WHCA next month. Like Julie, Steve will report to the WHCA board and help us carry out our mission of pushing for press access at the White House, administering our student scholarship and mentorship program, and planning our annual dinner.
A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE WHCA
Welcome to the White House Correspondents’ Association website. We represent hundreds of journalists who cover the White House. They are print, television, radio and online reporters and photographers covering the White House for a broad range of outlets that have widespread reach in the U.S. and abroad. The WHCA’s mission is to ensure a strong free press and robust coverage of the presidency by advocating for access to the president, White House events and administration officials. We also work to encourage new generations of White House correspondents through our college scholarship program. On our website, you’ll find information about WHCA members, our history, our events–including our annual White House Correspondents’ dinner–and our scholarships and awards. Thank you for your interest and support. We welcome your feedback and look forward to hearing from you.
–Jeff Mason, Reuters
ABOUT THE WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS’ ASSOCIATION™
The WHCA™ represents the White House press corps in its dealings with the administration on coverage-related issues.
A nine-member board of directors, elected by correspondents, addresses access to the chief executive; coverage arrangements; work space arrangements; logistics and costs for press travel to accompany a president on the road. Information about our OFFICERS and BOARD MEMBERS is available on our site.
The association also holds an ANNUAL DINNER to raise money for WHCA SCHOLARSHIPS and honor the professional recipients of the WHCA’s JOURNALISM AWARDS. Proceeds from the White House Correspondents’ Association annual dinner go toward scholarships and awards that recognize aspiring and accomplished journalists. Auctions and raffles of WHCA DINNER tickets designed to raise money for other organizations or for commercial purposes are against the policy of the organization. The 2017 dinner will be held on April 29th. Only members are eligible to purchase tickets.
SCHOLARSHIPS for promising journalism students play an important part in the associations’ mission. Read about the talented recipients who were honored and learn about our expanded scholarship program.
We are proud to sponsor several prestigious professional journalism AWARDS that highlight our colleagues’ significant accomplishments in the field. A CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS goes out in January, and awards are presented in the spring at the annual dinner.
Learn about the HISTORY of the WHCA. Over the years, many of our association’s activities have been documented by C-SPAN, which is hosting a video archive of the White House Correspondents’ Association dinners and related historical footage.
To qualify for regular MEMBERSHIP, a correspondent must be employed on the editorial staff of a newspaper, magazine, wire service, radio, TV, cable TV, or other broadcast organization or news gathering organization that regularly reports on the White House. His or her principal journalistic assignments must involve White House coverage with such activities as attending briefings or participating in the in-town pool rotation.The applicant must have permanent White House press credentials. There is also a non-voting associate membership. Read the WHCABY-LAWS to determine your eligibility. If you are interested in joining, download a MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION. If you are already a member, visit the membership page for additional information about MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS.
We are posting PRESS RELEASES AND NEWS to help keep you up-to-date on current Association issues.
We’re usually the ones asking questions, but you may have a few for us. If so, please CONTACT THE WHCA. We’d enjoy hearing from you.
2016 WHCA™ DINNER
HISTORY OF THE WHCA
In 2014 the White House Correspondents’ Association marked the 100th anniversary of its founding to advocate for reporters on that historic assignment. The group has grown and expanded its activities, in 1920 launching a spring dinner that now merits news coverage along with a yearly appearance by the sitting president.
The journalists of today’s WHCA share the spirit of those early forerunners, pushing for access to the president and members of the administration amid the challenges of a modern media landscape.
As the association celebrated its anniversary year, veteran White House reporters, political journalists and scholars traced the story of that evolving group of professionals in a series of blog posts on this website. The year-long series was produced in cooperation with the White House Historical Association.
Newspaper correspondents and President Coolidge on the White House Lawn, 8/24/1923. National Photo Company Collection/ Library of Congress
Photo/Doug Mills, New York Times
Washingtonian and Story Partners 4th Annual Washington Women in Journalism Awards
- 6-8:30 p.m.
- At the home of Gloria Story Dittus, Kalorama
Independent Journal Review’s The Golden Age of Journalism
- 8-11 p.m.
- Carnegie Library, 801 K St., NW
RealClearPolitics, Distilled Spirits Council, National Restaurant Association & Beer Institute’s Toast to the First Amendment
- 7-10 p.m.
- National Restaurant Association, 2055 L St., NW
Creative Coalition’s Right to Bear Arts Gala
- 8 p.m.
- Flavio Restaurant & Bar, 1073 31st St., NW
- Expected celebrities:
- Tim Daly (“Madam Secretary”)
- Justin Bartha (“The Good Fight”)
- Sarah Wayne Callies (“Prison Break”)
- Wendi McLendon-Covey (“The Goldbergs”)
- Chad Lowe (“Pretty Little Liars”)
- Alyssa Milano (“Charmed”)
- Denis O’Hare (“American Horror Story”)
- Nick Sandow (“Orange Is the New Black”)
- Aaron Staton (“Mad Men”)
- Matt Walsh (“Veep”).
White House Correspondents’ Jam III
- 7-11 p.m.
- The Hamilton Live, 600 14th St., NW
- Expected celebrities:
- Billy Bob Thornton
- Longtime Rolling Stones collaborator Chuck Leavell
Capitol File Magazine and the British Ambassador
- 6-9 p.m.
- British Ambassador’s Residence, 3100 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Thomson Reuters Dinner Pre-Party and After-Dinner Drinks
- Pre-party: 6-7:30 p.m.
- After-dinner drinks: Until 12 a.m.
- Washington Hilton, Georgetown Room
Samantha Bee’s ‘Not The White House Correspondents’ Dinner’
- 10 p.m.
- DAR Constitution Hall
- Expected celebrities:
- Keegan-Michael Key (“Key & Peele”)
- Kal Penn (“Designated Survivor”)
- Gloria Steinem
- Padma Lakshmi (“Top Chef”)
- Matt Walsh (“Veep”)
Buzzfeed’s Red, White & Banned
- 8 p.m.
- The Brixton, 901 U St., NW
Watchdog Correspondents’ Dinner hosted by The Young Turks
- 8–11 p.m.
- WeWork Dupont Circle, 1875 Connecticut Ave., NW
CNN’s Brunch Spectacular Political Hangover
- 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- Longview Gallery, 1234 Ninth St., NW
Thomson Reuters’ Correspondents’ Brunch
- 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- Hay Adams Hotel, 800 16th St., NW
The ‘no party this year’ crew
Bloomberg canceled its party in February, an event usually co-hosted with Vanity Fair and held at the French ambassador’s residence. Vanity Fair had backed out a few weeks earlier.
The New Yorker also canceled in early February. The magazine’s party is usually at the W Hotel.
Time and People, who usually co-host, announced the cancellation of their event in late February. Time said it will attend the dinner but People made a donation to the White House Correspondents’ Association instead of buying tables, Politico reported.
In honor of the 100th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s birth on May 29, the Smithsonian is featuring a rare exhibit of Richard Avedon portraits of the Kennedy family. The only artist granted access to the Kennedys between JFK’s election win and his inauguration, Avedon photographed the family in their Palm Beach home on January 3, 1961—just weeks after John Jr. was born—and weeks before Kennedy would take office.
Shannon Perich, curator of the Photographic History Collection at the National Museum of American History who quite literally wrote the book on these images, explained that the photos were originally intended to be a fashion shoot highlighting Jackie, but “both Avedon and JFK intuitively understood the opportunity that was in front of them, and so there was a collaboration.”
“It becomes this interesting moment to think about, where he’s not quite president yet. He’s building up for it and that excitement and anticipation and anxiety and the stress of it all before this big moment in his life and in the nation’s life. Some of that is visible in the photographs, but what’s also interesting is we now know what is swirling around. He’s trying to establish his cabinet; he’s working on his inauguration speech; he has this tiny baby that’s five and a half weeks old; there’s all this demand for pressure. Something’s going on in Cuba.” Perich says. (The United States officially severed diplomatic relations with Cuba on January 3, 1961.)
“And yet, when you see these photographs, he’s in control. He is not stressed out by it, he’s not overwhelmed by it, he’s not overly excited by it, even. So there’s something interesting using our historical knowledge that we bring as viewers in looking at this photo session.”
Avedon also noted his control at the time in an interview with Newsweek. “When I took Caroline’s picture with her father, he was dictating memos to his secretary,” Avedon said. “When I’d ask him to look around, he’d stop dictating. But the moment I finished, he’d start in where he left off. I’ve never seen such a display of mental control in my life.”
In addition to the portraits, the series of nine images (selected from a much larger collection from the shoot) also includes several enlarged contact sheets. “We get to peek in to see the process of what was going on in front of the camera. It’s unusual to see someone enlarge and mount their contact sheets, but that’s what [Avedon] did.”
Fifty-plus years after the images were taken, Perich says one aspect remains unchanged.”There’s a Kennedy mystique that’s still visible: the glamour that they hold, and this idea that they were on the cutting edge of American culture and the peak of a moment in time. All of that still remains. How he’s perceived in a historical sense has changed.”
“What we bring as viewers to these photographs has changed over time,” Perich said. But, “people do know that only Caroline is left. There is a kind of dramatic irony that viewers often bring to looking at these photographs that I still think influences how we understand them.”
The portrait exhibit, which will be on display from May 25 to August 27, is just one of several JFK-related events taking place this spring in honor of the hundredth anniversary of his birth. See the rest of the collection below, and for more information on the Smithsonian’s Kennedy-related programming, visit americannow.si.edu.
It does not get cooler than a basic white t-shirt. Not only is this closet classic endlessly versatile and effortlessly wearable, but it also happens to be both crazy-comfortable and available at every possible price point. Only have a few dollars to spare? Pick up a Hanes three-pack and you’re all set. Looking for something more luxe? The Row’s got a several-hundred-dollar tissue-thin version you’re guaranteed to love. And let’s be honest here: you likely own at least a few of these bad boys already, so picking up a new one might not even be necessary.
Since I missed National White T-shirt Day (yes, it’s a real holiday!), it feels like its never too late to celebrate this most versatile of closet basics. A simple snow-colored shirt is the perfect complement to your favorite cutoffs, sure, but it can also anchor a playful print or be repurposed as an of-the-moment crop top.
There’s a reason why stars wear false lashes for on-camera appearances and red-carpet moments: they make you look seriously glam. But they’re also a pain to apply and feel like giant spiders stuck to your face. Luckily, you can use mascara to mimic the drama of falsies with these three simple steps:
1. Invest in a good lash curler (we’re fans of Kevyn Aucoin’s), but curl after applying mascara. The product lends grip and hold, helping to set the curl in place and maximizing the eye-opening effects.
2. Starting a new tube of mascara? Leave it open for one minute before swiping. This dries out the mascara slightly so that it adheres better to lashes.
3. Use an angled liner brush to paint a bit of mascara onto the tops of your lashes. Coating them from every angle adds mega drama, especially if you choose a blacker-than-black hue.
While it is not your typical day wear, you can pair any sequin piece with a simple item and suddenly it becomes a glamorous ensemble that works. Change your skirt or trousers and viola…you’re for after five.
To keep the look from appearing too loud or unprofessional, pull your hair back into a slick ponytail, only accessorizing with simple jewelry, low-key shoes and a matching handbag to complete the look. When it comes to wearing sequins before the dinner hour, simplicity is the key to pulling this look off.
Nothing says summertime quite like a pair of white jeans. They can go from classic to edgy in a snap, depending on how your style them. Here are 12 chic ways to sport the summer wardrobe classic.
With a Pop Of Color
White jeans are the perfect base when coupled with tops in bright, primary colors or vibrant prints. Accessorize with heels or flat sandals. Red, yellow, and blue are the optimum colors to help your outfit really pop.
White jeans and a striped French sailor’s shirt are like peanut butter and jelly: You know there are other combinations, but this will always hit the spot. Add some edge to the perennial classic by opting for ripped jeans, or adding cutout sandals to the outfit.
Call it the Canadian tuxedo for beginners. A pair of white jeans and a chambray shirt is a great way to wear denim head-to-toe without feeling overwhelmed. Throw on a brown or black belt and a pair of high-heeled sandals and you’re set.
This lightweight blazer is a great way to dress up your white jeans if your office observes casual Friday or summer dress-down days. Keep it sophisticated and choose a long-line blazer in navy or black. Our favorite way to finish off the look is with a crisp button-down shirt, but the pieces work equally as well when paired with a simple white T-shirt.