Preview: White House Correspondents' Weekend

Actress Diane Lane and CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer in 2014.
Photo by Jeff Malet.
Actress Diane Lane and CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer in 2014.

The annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, aka Nerd Prom, will be looking a little different this year. Expect things to be a little less star-studded, with more focus on journalism and the point behind the whole dinner: to award scholarships to journalism students.

President Trump will not be attending. Instead, he will head to Pennsylvania for a “huge" rally. The talent emceeing the dinner is "Daily Show" host Hasan Minhaj. While many parties have been canceled this year, there should be plenty going on to keep the Washington social scene abuzz.

Notable bow-outs: Bloomberg and Vanity Fair canceled their usual event at the French Ambassador’s residence months ago. The New Yorker bailed on their W Hotel event earlier this year. Time and People magazines nixed their party, known for the opulent swag bags, in February.


Gloria Dittus, along with the Washingtonian and Story Partners, are hosting the 4th Annual Washington Women in Journalism Awards at Dittus’ home in Kalorama from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Later that night, the Independent Journal Review’s “Golden Age of Journalism” will be at the Carnegie Library.

Also Thursday night, Allen Gannett, Eric Kuhn, John McCarthy and Susanna Quinn are hosting the fourth annual “Bytes and Bylines” party, benefitting the White House Correspondents' Scholarship Fund and the Committee to Protect Journalists.


The night starts off with Capitol File’s annual fete at the British Ambassador’s residence from 6 to 9 p.m.

Voto Latino will be hosting its ninth annual “Our Voices: Uplifting Diversity in Media” event at the WeWork White House.

RealClearPolitics, the Distilled Spirits council, the National Restaurant Association and the Beer Institute will host the boozy “Toast to the First Amendment” at the National Restaurant Association from 7 to 10 p.m.

The New Media Party, from 8:30 p.m. to midnight, will be hosted by Event Farm, WeWork, Hypervoal, 1776 and the Huffington Post.

Right around the same time, the White House Correspondents’ Jam III will take place at the Hamilton, with Billy Bob Thornton expected to attend.

Also Friday: The United Talent Agency and Mediate will be holding a reception in honor of the First Amendment and Excellence in Journalism. The event will be hosted by United Talent Agency Managing Director Jay Sures and Dan Abrams, founder of Mediate. The event will be at Fiola Mare in Georgetown.

Georgetown will get the most star power on Friday night, with the Creative Coalition’s Right to Bear Arts Party at 8 p.m. at Flavio. Attendees can expect to catch a glimpse of celebrities like Tim Daly of "Madam Secretary" fame, Matt Walsh from "Veep," Denis O'Hare of "American Horror Story" and Alyssa Milano of "Charmed." This isn’t the first year Creative Coalition has held their party in Georgetown — they’ve been at Peacock Café and around Glover Park in the past. Friday’s guests will all be given coveted Blackwing pencils, favorites among artists for years.


Hosts Tammy Haddad, Kelley McCormick, Kevin Sheekey, Hilary Rosen, Constance Milstein, Fred Humphries, Mark and Sally Ein and Franco Nuschese will be hosting their usual White House Garden Brunch in Georgetown beginning at 11 a.m.

Samantha Bee will be hosting her “Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner” with a taping at DAR Constitution Hall at 3 p.m. Her after-party starts at 7 in the evening at the W Hotel. Rumored celebrity attendees include Keegan-Michael Key, Kal Penn, Gloria Steinem and Retta. Elvis Costello and his band will be performing at Bee’s after-party.

Thomson Reuters will be hosting their traditional pre-party and post-party cocktails at the Washington Hilton. The Washington Post will also be holding a pre-dinner reception, as well as Atlantic Media.

Buzzfeed will be hosting a “Red White and Banned” party beginning at 8 p.m. at the Brixton on U Street. There will also be another buzzy party, the Watchdog Correspondents’ Dinner, hosted by the Young Turks at WeWork Dupont Circle beginning at 8.

MSNBC will be hosting an after-party beginning at 10:30 p.m. at the Organization of American States.


CNN’s Spectacular Political Hangover will be at the Longview Gallery beginning at 10 a.m.

Thomson Reuters will be hosting their usual brunch at the Hay Adams starting at 11 a.m.

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