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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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Former Bloomberg Scribe Blasts WaPo

SOS! WaPo needs an emergency fact checker.

Former mild-mannered Bloomberg White House Correspondent Ed Chen, now Federal Communications Director for the Natural Resources Defense Council, finally had it over the weekend after WaPo ran a story calling his organization the National Resources Defense Council. Twice. He says the media has gotten the name of the organization wrong one too many times. Yes, this was the straw that broke Chen’s back.

He explained to FishbowlDC: “Over the years, almost every big and small publication has mis-named us; so, way too many to tally here. Suffice it to say that such shoddy work happens so frequently that some of our media folks have this permanent tagline attached to their email signatures: “The word “National” does not appear in Natural Resources Defense Council.”

Chen sent this missive WaPo‘s Executive Editor Steamed Marcus Brauchli, Business Editor Kelly Johnson and Ombudsman Patrick Pexton:

Dear Senior WP Editors,
Your fine article today in the Sunday business section on light bulbs (by freelancer Paul Glader) gets our name wrong — sadly an all too common occurrence. We are the NATURAL (not “National,” as in your story, twice) Resources Defense Council.

Chen got in one last dig, telling FBDC: “If the NATURAL Resources Defense Council  had a nickel for every such mistake, we’d be able to match — ad for TV ad — those put up by the dirty, fossil fuel industry designed to mislead the public.”

UPDATE: Chen heard back from Pexton. Well, not from Pexton himself — he’s busy working on other crap WaPo is doing. He heard back from his editorial aide. “Hi Mr. Chen, Thanks for taking the time to write. I’ve forwarded your e-mail along to our corrections desk. They can also be reached directly at All the best, Alison Coglianese, Editorial Aide to the Ombudsman, The Washington Post.” As of 2 p.m. today the Natural Resources Defense Council was still written as “National Resources Defense Council” in the publication’s online story. Chen wrote WaPo on Sunday at 9:22 a.m. These things take time. They must go through the proper channels (and the car wash) before they can be fixed.

WHCA Meets: Fewer Tables, Price Now $250

Notes from a meeting of the White House Correspondents’ Association…

*Fewer tables will be available per news organization at next year’s dinner. (Watch out. This year’s numbers were contentious enough, just ask former WHCA President Ed Chen, who was threatened with a lawsuit that was filed and “caused a lot of headaches,” Chen asserted.).

*CNN’s Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry, WHCA prez-elect, (USA Today’s David Jackson is currently president; Henry is a board member who will assume the presidency in  August 2012.) gets members of the board to approve an increase of $25 for dinner ticket prices. Tickets now cost $250.

*The dinner will support a program that mentors inner city D.C. students.

Ed Chen to WHCA: ‘Thanks for the Memories’ and Watch for Hot Potato Issues


White House Correspondents’ Assoc. President and Bloomberg White House scribe Ed Chen has sent his final letter to members today.

In it, he discusses the annual WHCA board elections, which are upon us.

He writes: “Three of the nine seats will be open (each with a three-year term): At-Large, Television and Magazine. Also in play is the WHCA presidency for 2012-13. To win the latter, one also must prevail in the race for the seat he/she is seeking.”

There is a sense of good taste and bad when it comes to running for the board. For instance, say yes to 200-word statements. But buttons, T-Shirts and bumper-sticks are frowned upon.

Chen mentions “hot potato” issues such as: Should there be a cap on WHCA Dinner tables per publication? And, “Should we downsize the dinner? Upsize it?”

Read the full, juicy enough letter after the jump…

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Fun Times Ahead on North Lawn: Excruciating Noise


This just in from Bloomberg’s Ed Chen, president of the White House Correspondent’s Assoc. In short, major, ugly, noisy construction on a portion of the White House’s North Lawn. Do we even know what a back hoe is? The hellishness begins May 22.

Look for an announcement today or tomorrow about a Friday briefing by the GSA that you and especially your tech folks will want to attend.

It’s about a huge construction project involving the portion of the North Lawn closest to us; the work is primarily to update the WH’s utility infrastructure that has been in place since the 1930s.

The GSA briefing is expected to be somewhere within the Executive Mansion complex. Details to come.

In short, it’s going to be ugly and noisy, involving chain-linked and wooden fences, cranes, back hoes, etc. The most impacted will be TV folks (but also those senior WH aides who now park on W. Exec. Drive).

If all goes well, the project will end in December 2012 and nothing will look different.

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Bloomberg’s Ed Chen = “96 Hours” And Counting

febpresser 009.jpg Bloomberg’s White House correspondent Ed Chen looked like he was enjoying himself at the FD & Quinn Gillespie & Associates soiree Tuesday night at Public Bar. The president of the White House Correspondents’ Association showed up at the very beginning of the party and stayed fairly late. He even put a smile on his face.

Asked if he’s looking forward to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner being over, he replied, “96 hours.”

Chen had just come from a very “thorough” walk through with security of the dinner space at the Washington Hilton. He said it lasted a good two and a half hours.

It’s not as if his life has been easy the past several weeks, with some people irate over the number of dinner tables they received and a potential lawsuit on his hands. Word has it, the suit was a publicity stunt.

Hanks Gives WH Press a Jolt

Earlier today, Tammy Haddad delivered a new espresso maker gifted by actor Tom Hanks to the White House press room. As you can see from the picture of Bloomberg’s Ed Chen, President of the White House Correspondents Association, Caren Bohan from Reuters and Fox News’ Major Garrett, the machine is already being put to good use.

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Trouble Brewing in Prom Paradise: WorldNetDaily Suing WHCA

> Update: WHCA President Edwin Chen now commenting:”The association has seen countless and creative efforts to improve one’s circumstances at the dinner; all of them have been futile. This latest ploy will end with the same result.”

WorldNetDaily has filed a lawsuit in Washington accusing the White House Correspondents’ Association of “doing the bidding of the Obama administration in trying to belittle, exclude and irreparably harm” the Internet news outlet, which has carried negative commentary on the President.

The dispute involves WND’s request to purchase three tables at the dinner. They claim they were offered three seats and ultimately one table. FishbowlDC sources say ultimately WND received two seats only. “They don’t have their facts right,” a source close to the dinner explained.

Read the story on WorldNetDaily here. It’s ultra-bias but gives readers a basic sense of the suit.

WHCA President Ed Chen, senior White House correspondent for Bloomberg News, declined to comment. He suggested we call WHCA’s lawyer, George Lehner, a partner with Pepper Hamilton LLP.

Stay tuned…

Knoller, Tapper & Feller To Be Honored at WHCA Dinner

The WHCA dinner isn’t until May 1st, but it isn’t just news of celebrity guests that’s leaking out early…

WHCA President Ed Chen of Bloomberg News announced today that CBS Radio’s Mark Knoller, ABC’s Jake Tapper and the AP’s Ben Feller would be honored with awards at this year’s annual dinner.

Tapper and Feller will each receive the Merriman Smith Award for “presidential coverage under deadline pressure” in print and broadcast. Knoller will receive the Aldo Beckman Award for “sustained excellence in White House coverage.”

We hear the award also comes with a congratulatory smooch from actress Michelle Peiffer… just kidding, boys…

Suzanne Bohan and Sandy Kleffman of the Contra Costa, Calif., Times will also receive the Edgar A. Poe Award for “excellence in coverage of news of national or regional significance.”

(h/t Mike Allen‘s Playbook)

WHCA President Ed Chen: ‘We’re Almost There’

place-setting.jpg Ed Chen, President of WHCA and a reporter at Bloomberg, said today that he believes everything at this year’s White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner will run smoothly. Although right now, he admitted, on a scale of one to ten his nerves are at a “minus four.”

He added, “All in all we’re almost there. That’s what I say to myself every morning.”

Yes, it’s true, the hotel patio at the Hilton is unavailable.

“It’s just not ready and we knew that,” Chen said. “The idea is to check that only people who have invitations can get past that point. This is all designed to keep out people who are not invited. We were more worried about the congestion. We think what we’re trying to do will make things better.”

Some WHCA attendees are in full blown worry mode that the new stringent invitation system will make the evening a cluster%&$!. The patio is (again) closed for renovations, so all parties will be downstairs. As FishbowlDC reported earlier today, the WHCA notice says news organizations must post volunteers on the concourse to check off guests.

“This could be very ugly,” one scribe declared. “If the checking off is going on at the top of the escalators, that’ll push everything right out the door.”