A series of events in the lead-up to this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner weekend, starting with, well, the 2016 election as well as the decision by The New Yorker and Vanity Fair, followed by others, to exit the party circuit this year, continuing with the decision by President Trump to stay away from the dinner, the first president to do so in 36 years, and a decision by many organizations to invite students instead of celebs guaranteed that this year’s WHCD would look very different from years past.
Just how different we won’t know until the dinner is over, the last cocktail has been poured, the last hors d’oeuvre served. However changed the atmosphere may be, parties have, and are still happening. See below for details on what is going on this weekend.
Thursday, April 27
The 4th annual Washington Women in Journalism Awards went down at the home of Gloria Story Dittus, co-hosted by Washingtonian president and CEO Cathy Merrill Williams. Honored at the awards were: Cokie Roberts, for distinguished female journalist of the year; CNN’s Mary Katharine Ham, receiving the rising star award; NPR News national security correspondent Mary Louise Kelly, with the award for broadcasting; and New Yorker staff writer Jane Mayer, for print journalism.
IJR held its party at the Carnegie Library of Washington D.C., a fitting setting for its Golden Age of Journalism theme, specifically dedicated to the press. Like last year, guests, more than 500 of them, took home The Labrador, IJR’s WHCD yearbook. Among those in attendance were IJR founder Alex Skatell, CNN Senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta, Snapchat political sales head Rob Saliterman and ABC News reporter and producer John Parkinson.
Bytes & Bylines was also back, with Layer3 TV’s Eric Kuhn, Veluxe’s Susanna Quinn, TrackMaven’s Allen Gannett and Democratic strategist John McCarthy hosting their event, in partnership with The Information, at the DTR Modern Gallery. It doubled as a benefit for the White House Correspondents Association Scholarship Fund and the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Friday, April 28
WeWork and a bevy of organizations, including HuffPost, Viacom and BET are hosting their New Media Party on two WeWork floors at 1440 G Street, NW, beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET. DJ Stylo will be spinning.
The third annual White House Correspondents’ Jam is taking place at 7 p.m. ET at The Hamilton Live. Billy Bob Thornton and Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell will perform, as well as bands that have among its members CNBC’s Steve Liesman, WSJ’s Michael Siconolfi, NYT’s Carl Hulse and WaPo’s Tom Toles.
The Creative Coalition is putting on a Right to Bear Arts fundraiser at Flavio in Georgetown.
Capitol File will be at the British Ambassador’s residence once more.
Saturday, April 29
Tammy Haddad’s annual Garden Brunch is on, co-hosted by Kevin Sheekey, Hilary Rosen, Constance Milstein, Mark & Sally Ein, Fred Humphries, Kelley McCormick and Franco Nuschese. This year it will be at Milstein’s Georgetown home, and will be dedicated to military vets and the press.
NBC News, MSNBC and Comcast are hosting their annual after party, i.e. The After Party, at The Organization of American States, starting at 10:30 p.m. ET.
The Young Turks is hosting some alternate programming in the form of its Watchdog Correspondents’ Dinner at 1875 Connecticut Avenue, which takes place from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m ET.
Reuters is doing pre-party and after-dinner drinks at the Washington Hilton.
Sunday, April 30
Reuters is back, this time with its 11:00 a.m. ET Correspondents’ Brunch at the Hay Adams Hotel’s Top of the Hay. As in previous years, Reuters is partnering with Bravo’s Top Chef, whose “cheftestants” have created dishes that–what else–take their inspiration from politics. We hope the steak won’t be well-done. Or slathered in ketchup.
CNN’s Political Hangover Brunch is happening from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET, giving guests plenty of time to make it out the door and over to the Longview Gallery.