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White House Correspondents’ Association Elects Reuters’ Jeff Mason 2016-17 President

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Jeff Mason, via Twitter

The White House Correspondents’ Association elected Reuters’ Jeff Mason president for 2016-17 over Fox News White House producer Wes Barrett in a vote tallied 172 – 23.

A newspaper seat and a photographer seat of the Association board were filled by The Dallas Morning News‘ Todd Gillman and The New York Times‘ Doug Mills, respectively.

Current president – McClatchy’s Steven Thomma – Tweeted out the news Wednesday. Prior to Mason’s term, The Wall Street Journal‘s Carol Lee will serve as president for the 2015-16 session.

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The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly: White House Correspondents’ 2014

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It’s now been 24 hours since I’ve done anything White House Correspondents related, and I’m still exhausted. Fifteen parties over the course of three days! This must be what it’s like to climb Mount Everest or win an Iron Man competition…

Sort of.

While we didn’t make it to all the various WHCD2k14 shindigs, we made it to most. Our personal highlight of the weekend? Definitely when “Modern Family’s” Sofia Vergara did a complete about-face when asked if she would take a picture of us with her hot boyfriend. Runner up – “Glee’s” Matthew Morrison’s “sex eyes.”

Check out our party-by-party run down, after the jump…

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Photo Roundup of White House Correspondents’ Weekend

cbsprepartyThis past weekend was the 100th annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner and along with it were 15 parties over the course of three days.

FishbowlDC was out and about and here we’d like to share with you a gallery of our favorite moments along the way.

We’re still in recovery mode – with no end in sight – but we’re glad this weekend is finally behind us. It was a wild, wild ride.

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WHCA Dinner Focus of New Documentary by Patrick Gavin

152_7998096993_511_nFormer FishbowlDC-er Patrick Gavin‘s last day at POLITICO was yesterday and the reporter who’s covered nearly 10 years of the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner is working on a documentary exploring the annual event.

According to VarietyGavin has “more than 20 hours of footage of interviews with association board members, past headliners, celebrities, event planners, and correspondents” and “will focus on why dozens of celebrities would trek to D.C. at the same time every year to celebrate the White House press corps.”

The project is slated to be named “Nerd Prom: Washington’s Wildest Week.” Think of it like DC’s version of “Girls Gone Wild” and read more about it here.

Your Sunday Guide to WHC Weekend

champagne-goldRounding out White House Correspondents’ Weekend are two brunches taking place the Sunday after the big dinner. This year, we have the annual Allbritton Garden Brunch and another by Yahoo/Tumblr.

Below are the relevant dets. We hope to see you there!

Allbritton Garden Brunch
Sunday, May 4
Hosted by POLITICO Publisher Robert Allbritton and his wife, Dr. Elena Allbritton
Indian décor and fare and feature food by Wolfgang Puck’s The Source

Yahoo News / Tumblr WHCA Brunch
Sunday, May 4, 11am
Hosted on the rooftop terrace of the Newseum

Party on!

White House Correspondents’ Thursday Roundup

20140501_192720Thursday night kicked off White House Correspondents’ Weekend and FishbowlDC was out and about at the parties to which we were invited (which did not include “The Global Beat,” by the UN Foundation, Devex, and Foreign Affair, sponsored by Washington Life, and Uber).

We were at the Welcome to Washington: A Salute to Women in Journalism party at the home of Story Partners’ Gloria Dittus and hosted by NBC’s Betsy Fischer Martin,Washingtonian’s Cathy Merrill Williams, CNN’s Dana Bash, CBS’s Jan Crawford and the New Republic’s Julia Ioffe. We also stopped by The Spin Room with Rock the Vote at Napoleon’s art gallery - Hierarchy.

Check out more photos after the jump.

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Your Saturday Guide to White House Correspondents’ Weekend

2013obamahenry660Tonight marks the start of White House Correspondents’ Weekend and we have your Saturday lineup. From the 2014 Annual Garden Brunch to a new and ticketed “Secret” brunch, of course the dinner, and to be followed by “Burgers & Bowties” and MSNBC, here’s what we have on tap.

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Friday Additions for White House Correspondents’ Weekend

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Just when we thought there was only eight White House Correspondents’-related events on Friday, we were wrong. There’s at least eleven.

Yesterday we pulled together a list of known events and we’re back with a few additions. 8am has never sounded so miserable.

POLITICO Playbook Breakfast – Special Celebrity Edition
Friday, May 2, 8am
POLITICO Chief White House Correspondent Mike Allen and Cosmopolitan’s editor-in-chief Joanna Coles to discuss Hollywood, Washington, content creation and perception versus reality.
Featuring Kid President Robby Novak, Youtube’s Robert Kyncl, the stars of “Scandal,” David Bucatinsky and Jeff Perry, former White House chief of staff Andrew H. Card, Jr., and former White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers.
Presented by Bank of America

The HBO Documentary Film “Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr.” Reception and Screening
Friday, May 2, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Hosted by POLITICO
Followed by a discussion with Robert De Niro, film directors Perri Peltz and Greta Gandbhir, and executive producer Jane Rosenthal

 

People and TIME’s Annual Cocktail Party
Friday, May 2, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Hosted by Joe Ripp, CEO, TIME Inc.; Norman Pearlstine, EVP and Chief Content Officer, TIME Inc.; Jess Cagle, editorial director, People; Nancy Gibbs, managing editor, TIME


OFF THE RECORD with Michelle Branch

Friday, May 2, 9:30pm – midnight
Lani Hay, president & CEO of LMT Inc., hosts an event celebrating women in news media
Benefiting Rock the Vote
Featuring Moet & Chandon and Belvedere Vodka
With an acoustic performance by Michelle Branch

Friday WHC Weekend Guide – 8 Parties, One Night

Yesterday we gave you a rundown of what’s to come the Thursday before White House Correspondents’ Weekend. Now we’re back with everything taking place on Friday -a full-on cluster of eight events taking place throughout the city. Just keeping track of all of them has been a hassle!

Check out the list, after the jump.

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WHCA and GW Host Panel on Diversity in WH Press Corps

20140428_113410On Monday, the White House Correspondents’ Association and GW’s School of Media and Public Affairs hosted a panel to discuss the past, present, and future of minority journalists in the White House press corps. The panel comprised Fusion’s Jim Avila; former WHCA President Ed Chen, currently with the Natural Resources Defense Council; WaPo managing editor Kevin Merida; David Nakamura, White House reporter for The Washington Post; AP’s Sonya Ross; NBC News Washington bureau chief Ken Strickland; and NBC News White House reporter Kristen Welker and was moderated by American Urban Radio Network’s April Ryan.

The discussion took place more than 70 years after Harry McAlpin of the Atlanta Daily World became the first black journalist to cover a White House news conference and 100 years after the first White House Correspondents Dinner.

“Some of the traditional ways to get to a place like the White House coverage – those still exist, but there’s other ways,” said Merida, referring to less traditional and often more digital coverage of the White House.

Strickland added, “The reason why it’s important to have diversity for more than just diversity’s sake is that many of the issues covered in Washington largely affect diverse populations…You want those voices at the table, to have the discussion.”

To watch the full panel conversation in entirety, look to GW’s website later in the week.

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