White House Correspondents' Association

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The White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) is an organization of journalists who cover the White House and the President of the United States.wikipedia
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The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate

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The paper funds the Edgar A. Poe Award for journalistic excellence, which is presented annually by the White House Correspondents' Association.

Helen Thomas

At the urging of Helen Thomas, President John F. Kennedy refused to attend the dinner unless the ban on women was dropped.
Thomas was the first female officer of the National Press Club, the first female member and president of the White House Correspondents' Association and the first female member of the Gridiron Club.

Ann Compton

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Ann Compton (born January 19, 1947) is an American former news reporter and White House correspondent for ABC News Radio.

Bill Plante

His most recent work was as the Senior White House Correspondent for CBS, reporting regularly for CBS This Morning as well as for the CBS Evening News.

Caren Bohan

Bohan is a former President of the White House Correspondents' Association from 2011 to 2012 and current member of the Gridiron Club.

C-SPAN

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In addition to this political coverage, the network broadcasts press conferences and meetings of various news media and nonprofit organizations, including those at the National Press Club, public policy seminars and the White House Correspondents' Dinner.

Washington Hilton

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The dinner is traditionally held on the evening of the last Saturday in April at the Washington Hilton.
Numerous large events have been regularly hosted at the Hilton Washington, including the annual dinners of the White House Correspondents Association and the Radio and Television Correspondents Association, as well as the National Prayer Breakfast.

Presidency of Donald Trump

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While interest in the event from entertainers, journalists, and political figures was high during the Obama administration, by the period of the Trump administration, interest gradually slowed in attending, especially for Hollywood figures who did not want to be caught on-camera during a potential viral moment gone bad or to spend extended amounts of time with Trump administration officials.
The New York Times described the move as "a highly unusual breach of relations between the White House and its press corps", and the White House Correspondents' Association issued a statement of protest.

Mark Smith (journalist)

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He served as President of the White House Correspondent's Association in, and most notably, hired Stephen Colbert as the evening's guest comedian.

Susan Page

She was president of the White House Correspondents Association in 2000.

Donald Trump

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President Donald Trump did not attend the dinners in 2017 and 2018, but indicated in a tweet that he might attend in 2019 since this dinner did not feature a comedian as the featured speaker.
Before the 2016 election, The New York Times speculated that Trump "accelerated his ferocious efforts to gain stature within the political world" after Obama lampooned him at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in April 2011.

Merriman Smith

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Part of his legacy is The Merriman Smith Memorial Award, a journalism award bestowed by the White House Correspondents' Association.

Stephen Colbert at the 2006 White House Correspondents' Dinner

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On April 29, 2006, American comedian Stephen Colbert appeared as the featured entertainer at the 2006 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner, which was held in Washington, D.C., at the Hilton Washington hotel.

Zeke Miller

He is currently an officer for the White House Correspondents' Association.

Anthony Leviero

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Leviero served for a time as president of the White House Correspondents' Association.

Ralph Harris (journalist)

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In 1979, Harris became the first foreign president of the White House Correspondents’ Association.

Sugar Chile Robinson

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In 1946, he played for President Harry S. Truman at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner, shouting out "How'm I Doin', Mr. President?"

Ed Henry

In 2008, the White House Correspondents' Association presented Henry with the Merriman Smith Award (in the broadcast category) for presidential reporting under deadline pressure.

Ray Romano

Romano gave the roast monologue at the 1998 White House Correspondents' Association dinner.

Keegan-Michael Key

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Also in 2015, he appeared at the White House Correspondents' Dinner as the character Luther, President Barack Obama's anger translator.

Michelle Wolf

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She spoke as the featured performer at the 2018 White House Correspondents' Dinner.