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Behind the Scenes at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

For the White House Correspondents’ Association, it’s a night to celebrate the free press. For Joel McHale, it’s a night where “a guy like me can stand before the president, the press and Patrick Duffy, and tell jokes without severe repercussions.” And for TVNewser, it’s a night where the people we cover all year — executives, producers, reporters and anchors from every major network — are all together in the same room: the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner, which we attended this year as a guest of ABC News.

Our night began outside the entrance to the ballroom at the Washington Hilton, where we overheard now-NBC News correspdonent Cynthia McFadden ask for directions to the ABC News party. We followed her in, and a few minutes later we were chatting with Diane Sawyer, who told us she always looks forward to the Correspondents’ Dinner, and James Goldston, who said he was pleased with his first few weeks as ABC News president. In the back of the room, Fox News anchors Ainsley Earhardt and Kimberly Guilfoyle posed for a picture with Sofia Vergara; Earhardt told us afterwards that she’s “having a blast” anchoring “Fox & Friends First,” despite the crazy hours. We spotted Katie Couric chatting with former Presidential candidate Jon Huntsman and his daughter, Abby Huntsman, who is a co-host of MSNBC’s “The Cycle.”

Wolf Blitzer made the rounds with Diane Lane. We saw NBC’s Savannah Guthrie and ABC’s Lara Spencer snap a picture with Tony Goldwyn from “Scandal.” We spent a few minutes with Rebecca Jarvis, and chatted with Alicia Menendez about her participation in the TVNewser Show as well as her Twitter habit.

On the way into the ballroom, we spotted Guthrie and her husband, Mike Feldman, chatting with Bret Baier and his wife Amy. We saw Jessica Simpson and her fiance, Eric Johnson, chatting with fans. Simpson’s ex, Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo, was also at the WHCD as a guest of Fox News. Read more

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The Ticker: Donovan, Che, Simpsons

  • Chris Donovan starts today as a senior producer at ABC News, where he will work on both “Good Morning America” and “This Week.” Donovan has spent the past 14 years at NBC News, where he was most recently the primary editorial producer for “Meet the Press.”

  • A recent episode of “The Simpsons” featured a reference to a certain “Today” show anchor. Find out who it was after the jump…

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“This Week” Booker Moves to “Meet the Press”

TVNewser hears that Ilana Drimmer is leaving her full-time booking job at ABC’s “This Week” and heading to a part-time position for NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Drimmer had been with the ABC show for eight years and was looking for a role that would allow her to spend more time with her family.

Drimmer begins with “Meet” next week.

> Update: The email from Meet the Press EP Betsy Fischer after the jump, which also includes the news of the promotion of Chris Donovan to producer.

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