2015 White House Correspondent's Dinner Hosted by Cecily Strong, DC

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Affair: 2015 White House Correspondent's Dinner Hosted by Cecily Strong 

When: Saturday, April 25, 2015 

Hot Spot: The Washington Hilton, DC 

Deets: The White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) is an organization of journalists who cover the White House and the President of the United States. The White House Correspondentsí Association is presenting three major journalism awards at the annual dinner on April 25, 2015 to recognize distinguished reporting. The three contests are open to print and broadcast journalists. The WHCA board has enlisted the Medill School of Journalism and Ellen Shearer, co-director of the Medill News Service here in Washington, D.C., to help coordinate the judging of the three contests. 

The Merriman Smith Award ($2,500) recognizes presidential news coverage under deadline pressure, with separate awards for print and broadcast journalists. Broadcast tapes (DVD) also may be submitted with scripts. 

The Aldo Beckman ($1,000) recognizes repeated excellence in White House coverage, with a single award for either a print or broadcast journalist. Entries may be in the form of clippings, original material, wire copy printouts, photocopies or broadcast scripts. Online entries must be original Web content. Broadcast tapes (DVD) also may be submitted with scripts. 

The Edgar A. Poe Award ($2,500) recognizes excellence in coverage of news of national or regional significance, with a single award for either a print or broadcast journalist. Entries may be in the form of clippings, original material, wire copy printouts, photocopies or online entries. Broadcast tapes (DVD) also may be submitted. Online entries must be original Web content. 

The White House Correspondents' Association announced that Saturday Night Live's Cecily Strong will be the entertainer at our annual dinner on April 25, 2015. 

Proceeds from the White House Correspondents’ Association annual dinner go toward scholarships and awards that recognize aspiring and accomplished journalists. Auctions and raffles of WHCA dinner tickets designed to raise money for other organizations or for commercial purposes are against the policy of the WHCA. 

Who You May Spot: Latest updated list of attendees includes - Laverne Cox, actress; Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks quarterback; Ciara, singer and Russell Wilson’s date; Bill Belichick, New England Patriots head coach; Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin Baders basketball player; Lucy Liu, actress; Connie Britton, actress; Constance Zimmer, actress; Jane Fonda, actress; Eric Dane, actor; Rebecca Gayheart, actress and wife of Eric Dane; Gina Rodriguez, actress; Henri Esteve, actor; Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State; Téa Leoni, actress; Tim Daly, actor; Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.); John Miller, Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence & Counter-terrorism of the NYPD; Julian Castro, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas); Anotine Chedid, Lebanon Ambassador to the U.S.; David Thorne, former U.S. Ambassador to Italy; Norman Reedus, actor; Lauren Cohan, actor; Billy Eichner, Funny or Die; Gabourey Sidibe, actress; Tom Perez, United States Secretary of Labor; Jack Lew, United States Secretary of the Treasury; Fred Hochberg, Chairman and President of the Export-Import Bank of the United States; Steve Case, co-founder of AOL and Chairman of Case Foundation and Revolution; Jean Case, CEO of The Case Foundation; Megan Smith, United States Chief Technology Officer in the Office of Science and Technology Policy; Larry Wilmore, Comedy Central host; Julie Bowen, actress; Ty Burrell, actor; Jesse Tyler Ferguson, actor; Eric Stonestreet, actor; Anthony Anderson, actor; Tracee Ellis Ross, actress; Kenya Barris, creator of “black-ish”; Kerry Washington, actress; Tim Simons, actor; Michelle Monaghan, actress; Samantha Power, United States Ambassador to the United Nations; Cass Sunstein; Jeff Zients, director of the National Economic Council; Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.); Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy; Brody Jenner, reality star; Donald Trump, real estate magnate; Melania Trump, wife of Donald Trump; Martha Stewart, TV personality; Kelly Rutherford, actress; Billie Jean King, former professional tennis player; Alanna Masterson, actress; Jane Seymour, actress; Alfre Woodard, actress; Wendy Mclendon Covey, actress; Pete Wentz, musician; Naya Rivera, actress; Michelle Trachtenberg, actress; Rob Thomas, musician; Troian Bellisario, actress; Maria Menounos; Ava DuVernay, director; Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, actor; Michael Kelly, actor; Andre Holland, actor; Chrissy Teigen, model; Brandon Marshall, New York Jets wide receiver; James Gorman, Chairman and CEO, Morgan Stanley; Jeh Johnson, United States Secretary of Homeland Security; John Hickenlooper, Governor of Colorado; Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.); Neil Eggelston, White House Counsel; Anita Breckenridge, Deputy Chief of Staff to President Obama; Michael Froman, U.S. Trade Representative; Todd Stern, United States Special Envoy for Climate Change; Ricardo Zuniga, National Security Council’s Senior Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs; Steven Johnson, author and TED talker; Bethany Mota, YouTube star; Sarah Koenig, journalist; Sean Parker, former president of Facebook; Nash Grier, Vine star; Marcus Johns, Vine star; Heather Armstrong, blogger; Jerome Jarre, Snapchat star; Killer Mike, musician; Tyler Oakley, YouTube activist; Joyce Woodhouse, a.k.a C-SPAN Mom

Hint For The Average Socialite: Only WHCA members and their organizations are eligible to purchase tickets for the annual dinner. Please visit their MEMBERSHIP PAGE to review eligibility requirements. In the past C-SPAN's coverage included celebrity arrivals, the awards presentations, scholarships, and after dinner speeches. 

Enter to win 2 tickets to attend the invite-only, black-tie reception which takes place before the dinner (Ends April 8, 2015).

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There are plenty of parties surrounding the WHCD. Here's our list:

Thursday, April 23

Story Partners “Welcome to Washington: A Salute to Women in Journalism”
6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Home of Gloria Story Dittus

United Nations Foundation/Washington Life magazine/Devex/Foreign Affairs magazine “The Global Beat: Celebrating Journalism Around the World”
6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
U.N. Foundation Headquarters

Bytes and Bylines Hosted by Tumblr, Allen Gannett, Eric Kuhn, and Liba Rubenstein
7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
L2 Lounge

Rock the Vote Kickoff Party presented by Fusion and Twitter
8 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Blind Whino

Friday, April 24 

Politico "An Evening With John Legend"
6:30 p.m.
Longview Gallery

People/Time Cocktail Party
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
The St. Regis Hotel

Voto Latino “Our Voices: Celebrating Diversity in Media” Reception
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
The Hay-Adams Hotel

Capitol File
6:30 p.m.
British Ambassador’s Residence

The Hill/Extra/Embassy of Canada
7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Embassy of Canada

The New Yorker
7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
The W Hotel 

“The Evening Before” Party Hosted by Eric Podwall and Spotify
8 p.m.
Chaplin’s Restaurant 

Creative Coalition Benefit Dinner
8 p.m.
The Supper Suite by STK

Google/The Atlantic “Art of Expression" Party
8:30 p.m.
Constitution Gardens on the National Mall

Motion Picture Association of America/Microsoft/ABC News Creativity Conference
8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The Newseum 

Event Farm “New Media Party”
9 p.m.
Carnegie Library

Mother Nature Network White House Correspondents' Jam 
7 p.m. - 11 p.m.
The Fairmont Hotel 

Saturday, April 25 

The Atlantic/National Journal Editorial Breakfast Briefing
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Teddy & The Bully Bar 

Garden Brunch Hosted by Tammy Haddad, Kevin Sheekey, Hilary Rosen, Steve and Jean Case, Mark and Sally Ein, Anita Dunn, Bill Knapp, David Adler and Franco Nuschese
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Beall-Washington House 

ABC News/Yahoo News Pre-Reception
5:30 p.m.
Washington Hilton, Columbia Hall 

Thomson Reuters Pre- and Post-Reception
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
10 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Washington Hilton, Georgetown Room 

CBS/National Journal/Atlantic Media Pre-Reception
6 p.m.
Washington Hilton, Courtyard and Gardens 

White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner
7:30 p.m.
Washington Hilton 

MSNBC After Party
11:30 p.m.
United States Institute of Peace

Bloomberg/Vanity Fair
French Ambassador’s Residence

Sunday, April 26

CNN “Political Hangover” Brunch
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Toolbox Studio

Thomson Reuters Correspondents’ Brunch
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The Hay-Adams Hotel

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