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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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ABC News Producer Marries Subject of Story

Eric M. Strauss, a producer for ABC’s Newsmagazines has married Bridget Kelly, who was the subject of a story Strauss had covered over the years.

Kelly first told her story to ABC’s “Primetime,” in 2004, reported by Charles Gibson. Then 26-year-old Bridget Kelly was kidnapped, robbed, raped and shot repeatedly. The first grade teacher was left for dead in a field in Killeen, Texas.

On July 7, 10 years and two weeks after the horrific attack, Bridget Kelly and Eric Strauss were married in New York City.

Kelly’s father, Michael Kelly, a columnist with the Omaha World Herald who was featured in the “Primetime” story, wrote a moving piece on the wedding of his daughter.

The groom noted during the exchange of vows that he had met his future bride “during some unusual circumstances.”

“You revealed yourself to be a beautiful warrior the second I met you,” Eric said in front of the wedding congregation. “With your regal elegance, insightfulness and compassion, you inspire me to be better.”

If you have 15 minutes, watch Bridget Kelly’s story, below. Inspiration personified.

(Photo: Courtesy) (h/t Romenesko)