A melting pot of journalists, Hollywood celebrities, government officials and media personalities attended the annual White House Correspondents’ dinner. The annual dinner in its 100th year, has become a tradition in the nation’s capital, promising a black-tie evening of humor and celebrity gazing.
The featured entertainer was comic actor Joel McHale, the star of the NBC series “Community.” We spotted a ton of celebrities hitting the red carpet and snapping cell phone photos of their festive evening, including: Mindy Khaling, Ron Meyer, Zooey Deschanel, Kevin Hart and girlfriend Eniko Parish, Questlove, Katie Courik, AJ Calloway, Alicia Quarles, Julianna Magulies, Barbara Walters, Lupita Nyong’o (Oscar de la Renta), Olivia Munn, Lindsey Vonn, Cam Newton, Rosario Dawson, along with hosts President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama (Marchesa).
Journalists were honored for their coverage of the presidency and national issues:
-Glenn Thrush of Politico and Brianna Keilar of CNN won the Aldo Beckman Award, which recognizes excellence in the coverage of the presidency.
-Peter Baker of The New York Times and Peter Maer of CBS News won the Merriman Smith Award for deadline coverage.
-Megan Twohey of Reuters and a partnership between The Center for Public Integrity’s Chris Hamby and ABC News’ Matthew Mosk and Brian Ross won the Edgar A. Poe Award for coverage of issues of national significance.
-George E. Condon Jr. of National Journal received the first President’s Award for exceptional service to the organization.
The organization also honored the late Harry McAlpin, the first black reporter to attend a presidential news conference, by establishing a scholarship in his name. McAlpin had been denied membership to the WHCA while covering the Roosevelt and Truman administrations because of his race.
Check out a few candids from the evening.