Next year's White House Correspondents' Dinner will take place on May 3, 2014. Save the date!
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Late night star Conan O'Brien to headline 2013 White House Correspondents' Dinner
WASHINGTON -- Team Coco is coming back to Washington.
Conan O'Brien, the Emmy award-winning comedian and late night talk show host, will headline the annual White House Correspondents' Association’s annual dinner on April 27, 2013, it was revealed Wednesday by association president Ed Henry.
"Conan is one of television's most innovative and influential talents and I am absolutely thrilled that he has agreed to be this year's featured act," said Henry. "As social media has changed all aspects of the media business, Conan has embraced this shifting landscape to become a creative force both online as well as in the traditional television model. We are grateful that Conan will be also be using that creativity to bring more attention to the WHCA's commitment to helping needy journalism students."
Proceeds from the dinner, which is well known for being the hottest ticket in Washington year in and year out, help fund over $100,000 in scholarships. First Lady Michelle Obama, who attends the dinner with President Obama, has once again agreed this year to help hand out the scholarships to the high school students attending the dinner.
The President traditionally delivers his own set of jokes, poking fun at himself as well as his political opponents, before the comedian gets the podium. It's all in good fun and for a good cause.
The dinner is affectionately known as the "nerd prom" because it is a hit on C-SPAN. It draws a wide cross section of movers and shakers from the worlds of journalism, politics, as well as Hollywood all coming together for one night to help shine the spotlight on the next generation of journalists.
The event is also known for featuring some of the hottest names in comedy over the years, including when a boyish, 32-year-old O'Brien turned in a brilliant performance at the 1995 dinner. That was when O'Brien was starting his 16 year run as the host of "Late Night with Conan O’Brien" on NBC.
O'Brien is now having a very successful run as host of "Conan" on TBS, yet another milestone in a career that started humbly when he served as a writer for shows like "The Simpsons" and "Saturday Night Live."
This year's slideshow features hundreds of images from the 2013 WHCA℠ dinner by Daniel P. Swartz. Whether you attended the dinner, received an award or scholarship, or simply would like to see who was there, this slideshow offers a good overview of the festivities. Click the link above to go to the slideshow page, where you can launch the program or review selected images. This slideshow requires Flash, but a mobile version is available for smartphone access.
C-SPAN's coverage included celebrity arrivals, the awards presentations, scholarships, and the after dinner speeches. Coverage begins about 6:30 Eastern and will run until about 11:15 pm.
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℠.
Access a Flash slideshow features three hundred images from the 2010 WHCA℠ dinner. Whether you attended the dinner, received an award, or simply want to see who was there, this slideshow offers a good overview of the festivities.
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TELEVISED COVERAGE C-SPAN AND MSNBC televised this year's dinner.
C-Span coverage began at 8pm Eastern, and included the LIVE coverage of the pre-dinner program, guest arrival from the red carpet area, and LIVE coverage of the after-dinner program.
C-SPAN streaming video remains available in Flash and Real Video formats. DVDs of selected videos may be purchased online at CSPAN.ORG.
Journalists, politicians and celebrities gathered for the White House Correspondents' Association℠ Annual Dinner. Michelle Obama presented youth scholarships and Brian Williams presented the White House Correspondents' Association℠ Awards to journalists. President Obama gave humorous remarks focusing on the members of his administration and his first 100 days in office. He was followed by comedienne Wanda Sykes who made humorous observations about the Obama administration and the political climate in Washington.
SLIDESHOW - THE 2008 DINNER
This FLASH SLIDESHOW features hundreds of images from the 2008 WHCA℠ dinner. Whether you attended the dinner, received an award, or simply want to see who was there and who they were with, this slideshow offers a good overview of the festivities. WATCH THE 2008 SLIDESHOW
THE 2008 DINNER VIDEO LINK
C-SPAN televised the 2008 WHCA℠ event and is now hosting streaming video of the dinner on their web site in Flash and Real video formats.
At the annual dinner, the White House Correspondents’ Association presented awards to journalists. President Bush made humorous after-dinner remarks in his last speech to the organization. He also made a point of leading the band in playing “Stars and Stripes Forever." The President was followed by comedian Craig Ferguson who made humorous observations about life in the U.S. as a new citizen.
C-SPAN.ORG is hosting a VIDEO ARCHIVE of past WHCA℠ dinners dating back to the 90s. Their coverage includes guests' arrivals, as well as the President's speech, awards presentations, scholarships, and entertainment.