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CNN White House Correspondent Michelle Kosinski Marries Kimbell Rush Duncan

Photo via Laura Bernardini

Photo credit: CNN guest

CNN White House correspondent Michelle Kosinski wed retired investment banker turned philanthropist Kimbell Rush Duncan Saturday at the Anderson House in Washington.

Kosinski donned a floral crown – designed by a milliner in Krakow – a Polish tradition reflecting her heritage. Female guests were all given their own floral crowns to wear throughout the night and men were greeted with their own boutonnieres.

The menu consisted of a salad of avocado and hearts of palm; Chilean sea bass with sweet corn, chanterelles, asparagus, purple sticky rice and lemongrass broth; and wedding cake with vanilla buttercream and fresh berries.

In attendance: CNN DC bureau chief Sam FeistWolf Blitzer and wife Lynn Blitzer, CNN’s Dana Bash and boyfriend actor Spencer Garrett, CNN’s Jim Sciutto and wife Gloria Riviera; Fox News’ Ed Henry and wife CNN’s Shirley Henry; CNN’s Brianna Keilar and Kevin Sheridan; CNN’s Lauren Pratapas and husband Brad Dayspring, NRSC strategist; CNN’s Gloria BorgerJim AcostaEdie EmeryLaura BernardiniDavid ChalianJay ShaylorFederico Quadrani, and Becky Brittain; and NBC’s Kristen Welker.

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The Top 10 Things Overheard at The Hill’s ’50 Most Beautiful’ Celebration

20140729_193245Last night at Poste, The Hill celebrated its annual “50 Most Beautiful“ list, a nod to this town’s most beautiful – or not – members of Congress, Congressional staffers, campaign aides, lobbyists, and other Capitol Hill/executive branch employees.

Many of the 50 selected were in attendance, although the five Representatives and two Senators who made the list were not. Either was White House press secretary Josh Earnest. Or FOX News’ Bret Baier or CNN’s S.E. Cupp. But CBS News’ Nancy Cordes and NBC News’ Kristen Welker were there.

Guests who entered through Poste’s entrance (and not Hotel Monaco) first stumbled upon a step and repeat for anyone but mostly those who made the list. The gathering took place on Poste’s outdoor patio amid perfect weather and included remarks from the recently announced new Hill editor in chief Bob Cusack. Guests noshed on shrimp cocktail, gourmet sandwiches, and passed hors d’oeuvre and enjoyed an open bar that seemed to reopen several times.

Conversation was comical. Especially if you stood near strangers and wrote down the laughable things you could hear them say. And with that brings us “The Top 10 Things Overheard at The Hill’s ’50 Most Beautiful Celebration.” Read more

The Hill Names the ’50 Most Beautiful’

50mbweb1It’s that day. That one day a year The Hill publishes its “50 Most Beautiful” list, and you can’t help but laugh, just a bit.

The 11th annual list recognizes the Beltway’s “best-looking,” relevant to the audience. So not necessarily all of the actually hot people you see around town, but the “most beautiful” members of Congress, Congressional staffers, campaign aides, lobbyists, other Capitol Hill personnel and executive branch employees.

Washington beautiful is tricky. It’s a far cry from “beautiful” as portrayed on DC-based television programs like “House of Cards” and “Scandal.” That said, this year’s list does include many who would catch your eye in Washington and elsewhere, along with several who might not even do so here in DC. Read more

Chris Jansing Offers First Report as NBC News Senior White House Correspondent

Screen Shot 2014-06-23 at 23.45.01Chris Jansing filed her first report as NBC News Senior White House Correspondent on Monday’s “NBC Nightly News,” covering today’s White House Summit on Working Families.

Jansing’s first day coincided with Josh Earnest‘s first as White House Press Secretary. During today’s White House Press Briefing, he welcomed Jansing, saying, ”Congratulations on your first day, Chris…Nice to see you here.”

Jansing’s new position was announced in early May. She joins Political Director and Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd, White House Correspondent Kristen Welker, and National Correspondent Peter Alexander.

Her last day anchoring MSNBC’s “Jansing & Co.” was June 13.

Check out Jansing’s first “Nightly News” report, after the jump. Read more

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.

GW Explores Diversity Among White House Press Corps

correspondents1924-960The Monday before the 2014 White House Correspondents Dinner, the WHCA and GW will examine diversity among the White House press corps, 70 years after the Atlanta Daily World’s Harry McAlpin became the first black journalist to cover a White House news conference. The panel comprising media from The Washington Post, the Associated Press, and NBC News, among others, will explore ”the roles that minority journalists have played in the White House press corps throughout the years, where they are today, and what more must be done to create a press corps that reflects the growing diversity of America.”

Slated for Monday, April 28th at 11am, media interested in attending should contact Nicole Carlotto at nfcarlotto@gwu.edu.

A full list of those participating and event logistics after the jump.

Photo credit: White House Correspondents, 1924. Digitized glass negative, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. (via http://www.whca.net/history.htm).

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Separated at Birth: Karen Finney

This morning we’re matching up MSNBC “Disrupt” host Karen Finney and NBC White House Correspondent Kristen Welker.

Alexander Gets NBC White House Beat

NBC News President Steve Capus today announced that Peter Alexander has been named White House Correspondent, joining Chuck Todd and Kristen Welker on the beat effective immediately. Noteworthy: Alexander’s wife is Alison Starling, who works for ABC7 in Washington.

In other NBC news… Todd will extend his tenure as NBC News Political Director and Chief White House Correspondent, as well as anchor of MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown,” editor of NBCNews.com’s “First Read” blog, and frequent contributor to “Meet the Press.”

Alexander’s reporting earned recognition as one of Politico‘s “10 breakout reporters of 2012.”

See the canned, complimentary quote from Capus… Read more