The WH Correspondents’ 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.



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.


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.”

2016 WHCA dinner


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. 

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

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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.


dinnerVisit our 2016 SLIDESHOW and the visit DINNER, SCHOLARSHIPS, and AWARDS for more photos of the event.
© 2016 Mary F. Calvert Photography

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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.

Read about the 100 YEAR HISTORY OF THE WHCA and watch A+E’s History Channel video commemorating the WHCA’s Centennial on our HISTORY page.

Newspaper correspondents and President Coolidge on the White House Lawn, 8/24/1923. National Photo Company Collection/ Library of Congress

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The Parties


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.

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