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White House Correspondents' Dinner

Reporters who cover the executive branch gather each spring for the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner. The annual event—often referred to as Washington's "nerd prom" for its wonkish guest list and inside-the-Beltway humor—typically features a comedian as host, splashy parties from major media brands, and a response from the president. But 2017's event, held April 29 and hosted by comedian Hasan Minhaj, took on a quite different feel, as President Trump declined to attend and some major media brands canceled their parties. Several brands pushed on, however, with Buzzfeed, Atlantic Media, The Washington Post, MSNBC, and others hosting pre-dinner cocktails, after-parties, and next-day brunches.


2001-2011: The Growing White House Correspondents Dinner Party Scene

Started in 1920, the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner—aka Washington’s “nerd prom”—is the one night a year (in non-election years, that is) when Washington politicians, Hollywood starlets, and New York...

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