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WHCA receives international Freedom Of Press Award in Germany 5/19/17

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Read the full article and watch the video interview on the DW.com website (This external link will open in a new tab/window)

Reporters in Trump White House scoop DW Freedom of Speech Award

The president of the White House Correspondents' Association, Jeff Mason, has been given the 2017 DW Freedom of Speech Award. Mason said he hopes it will "shed light on the importance of press freedom around the world."

WHCA statement on press briefings 5/12/17

White House briefings and press conferences provide substantive and symbolic opportunities for journalists to pose questions to officials at the highest levels of the U.S. government. That exercise, conducted in full view of our republic's citizens, is clearly in line with the spirit of the First Amendment. Doing away with briefings would reduce accountability, transparency, and the opportunity for Americans to see that, in the U.S. system, no political figure is above being questioned. The White House Correspondents' Association would object to any move that would threaten those constitutionally-protected principles.

-Jeff Mason, WHCA president

White House Correspondents win DW Freedom of Speech Award

May 3, 2017: The journalists of the White House Correspondents' Association have been awarded DW's 2017 Freedom of Speech Award. DW said the WHCA had established a new benchmark in holding US leadership accountable. Deutsche Welle announced the award Wednesday, saying the White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) had maintained high standards in its reporting, despite facing allegations of "fake news" by the US president himself. "The White House Correspondents' Association is a guarantor for the control of those in power," DW Director General Peter Limbourg said. "We have complete trust in the democracy in the United States of America. This entails that we are reliant on a strong media." READ MORE ON DW.COM

Announcing the new WHCA executive director

April 3, 2017
Dear WHCA members,

I am pleased to share with you today that the White House Correspondents' Association has hired a new executive director to succeed Julia Whiston, who is stepping down in May after two decades of stellar service. After conducting a nationwide search, fielding over 100 applications and conducting interviews with more than 10 candidates, we are happy to announce that Steve Thomma, former White House Correspondent and former Politics and Government Editor at McClatchy, will be taking over as executive director of the WHCA next month. Like Julie, Steve will report to the WHCA board and help us carry out our mission of pushing for press access at the White House, administering our student scholarship and mentorship program, and planning our annual dinner. (READ MORE)

A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE WHCA
Welcome to the White House Correspondents' Association website. We represent hundreds of journalists who cover the White House. They are print, television, radio and online reporters and photographers covering the White House for a broad range of outlets that have widespread reach in the U.S. and abroad. The WHCA's mission is to ensure a strong free press and robust coverage of the presidency by advocating for access to the president, White House events and administration officials. We also work to encourage new generations of White House correspondents through our college scholarship program. On our website, you'll find information about WHCA members, our history, our events--including our annual White House Correspondents' dinner--and our scholarships and awards. Thank you for your interest and support. We welcome your feedback and look forward to hearing from you.

--Jeff Mason, Reuters

ABOUT THE WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS' Association™

The WHCA™ represents the White House press corps in its dealings with the administration on coverage-related issues.

A nine-member board of directors, elected by correspondents, addresses access to the chief executive; coverage arrangements; work space arrangements; logistics and costs for press travel to accompany a president on the road. Information about our OFFICERS and BOARD MEMBERS is available on our site.

The association also holds an ANNUAL DINNER to raise money for WHCA SCHOLARSHIPS and honor the professional recipients of the WHCA's JOURNALISM AWARDS. 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 organization. The 2017 dinner will be held on April 29th. Only members are eligible to purchase tickets.

SCHOLARSHIPS for promising journalism students play an important part in the associations' mission. Read about the talented recipients who were honored and learn about our expanded scholarship program.

We are proud to sponsor several prestigious professional journalism AWARDS that highlight our colleagues' significant accomplishments in the field. A CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS goes out in January, and awards are presented in the spring at the annual dinner.

Learn about the HISTORY of the WHCA. Over the years, many of our association's activities have been documented by C-SPAN, which is hosting a video archive of the White House Correspondents' Association dinners and related historical footage.

To qualify for regular MEMBERSHIP, a correspondent must be employed on the editorial staff of a newspaper, magazine, wire service, radio, TV, cable TV, or other broadcast organization or news gathering organization that regularly reports on the White House. His or her principal journalistic assignments must involve White House coverage with such activities as attending briefings or participating in the in-town pool rotation.The applicant must have permanent White House press credentials. There is also a non-voting associate membership. Read the WHCABY-LAWS to determine your eligibility. If you are interested in joining, download a MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION. If you are already a member, visit the membership page for additional information about MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS.

We are posting PRESS RELEASES AND NEWS to help keep you up-to-date on current Association issues.

We're usually the ones asking questions, but you may have a few for us. If so, please CONTACT THE WHCA. We'd enjoy hearing from you.

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Visit the DINNER PAGE for more photos of the 4/29/17 event and a link to C-SPAN's video coverage.

Visit the SCHOLARSHIPS and AWARDS pages for more information about the recipients

White House Correspondents’ Association Announces 2017 Award winners

Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein to speak and present awards at White House Correspondents’ Dinner on April 29.

The White House Correspondents' Association is pleased to announce that Greg Jaffe of the Washington Post, Edward Isaac-Dovere of Politico, and David Fahrenthold of The Washington Post are the winners of our 2017 journalism awards.

The awards will be presented by journalism icons Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein at the White House Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday, April 29 at the Washington Hilton. "The WHCA congratulates our award winners and looks forward to honoring them at our annual dinner, which will be a celebration of the First Amendment and good journalism," said Jeff Mason, WHCA president and White House Correspondent for Reuters. "No one is better suited to speak about the importance of a free and independent press than Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. We are delighted they accepted our invitation to present these prestigious awards."

The WHCA represents the White House press corps in its dealings with the administration and advocates for journalists' ability to see and report on the president and his staff. READ MORE

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White House Correspondents’ Association Announces 2017 SCHOLARS

The White House Correspondents' Association is pleased to announce its 2017 scholarship winners in partnership with Columbia University, the George Washington University, Howard University, Northwestern University, Ohio University, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Maryland and the University of Missouri.

The 23 winners will be recognized at the association's annual dinner on April 29.

"We are thrilled to recognize these outstanding scholarship winners, who represent the future of our profession and illustrate the importance of fighting for First Amendment freedoms," said Jeff Mason, WHCA president and White House Correspondent for Reuters. "We look forward to celebrating them at the White House Correspondents' Dinner and watching them as they progress in their careers." READ MORE


HISTORY OF THE WHCA

In 2014 the White House Correspondents' Association marked the 100th anniversary of its founding to advocate for reporters on that historic assignment. The group has grown and expanded its activities, in 1920 launching a spring dinner that now merits news coverage along with a yearly appearance by the sitting president.

The journalists of today's WHCA share the spirit of those early forerunners, pushing for access to the president and members of the administration amid the challenges of a modern media landscape.

As the association celebrated its anniversary year, veteran White House reporters, political journalists and scholars traced the story of that evolving group of professionals in a series of blog posts on this website. The year-long series was produced in cooperation with the White House Historical Association.

Read about the 100 YEAR HISTORY OF THE WHCA and watch A+E's History Channel video commemorating the WHCA's Centennial on our HISTORY page.

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WHCA™ NEWS

For additional White House Correspondents' Association news and messages of interest to our members, please check our NEWS page

WHCA™ DINNER - APRIL 29, 2017

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VIEW SLIDESHOW with images by Mike Theiler

TICKET INFORMATION
Only WHCA™ members and their organizations are eligible to purchase tickets for the annual dinner. Please visit the MEMBERSHIP PAGE of our site to review eligibility requirements.

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.

WHCA™ OFFICERS 2016-2017
PRESIDENT: JEFF MASON, REUTERS
VICE PRESIDENT: MARGARET TALEV, BLOOMBERG
SECRETARY: TODD GILLMAN, DALLAS MORNING NEWS
TREASURER: DOUG MILLS, NEW YORK TIMES

WHCA™ Board Members 2016-2017
OLIVIER KNOX, YAHOO NEWS, AT-LARGE
ZEKE MILLER, TIME, NEW MEDIA SEAT
ALICIA JENNINGS, NBC NEWS, TELEVISION SEAT
JON DECKER, FOX NEWS, RADIO SEAT
JULIE PACE, ASSOCIATED PRESS, WIRE SEAT

WHCA™ Executive Director
STEVE THOMMA

New membership applications and renewals are accepted ONLY from August 1 - March 1 of each calendar year. Visit the MEMBERSHIP PAGE to download the WHCA application/renewal form. The deadline is March 1.

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WHCA™ DINNER - APRIL 25, 2015SLIDESHOW: 2015 DINNER PHOTOS
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The 2015 slideshow offers nearly 500 photos by J. M. Eddins, Jr.

WHCA DINNER - MAY 3, 2014

SLIDESHOW: 2014 DINNER PHOTOS
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THE WHCA CENTENNIAL

Read about the 100 YEAR HISTORY OF THE WHCA

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HISTORY GOES TO WASHINGTON

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Network Partners With White House Correspondents' Association To Produce Video Celebrating Its 100th Anniversary; Participants include President Obama and President Clinton

New York, April 28, 2014 – HISTORY will unite with the White House Correspondents' Association to produce a special video commemorating the centennial celebration of the organization that represents the White House Press Corps. A screening of the video, created and produced by HISTORY, will be among the highlights of the evening during the WHCA's annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner, to be held on Saturday, May 3, 7:30 pm. READ MORE

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SLIDESHOW: 2013 DINNER PHOTOS

2013 DINNER - APRIL 27, 2013

Conan O'Brien, the Emmy award-winning comedian and late night talk show host, headlined the annual White House Correspondents' Association’s annual dinner on April 27, 2013.  

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AWARDS - 2013 WINNERS

2013 AWARD-WINNING JOURNALISTS

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2012 DINNER - APRIL 28, 2012

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WASHINGTON - The White House Correspondents’ Association is pleased to announce that Jimmy Kimmel, host of the ABC late-night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” will headline the WHCA's 98th annual dinner on Saturday, April 28, 2012.

"Jimmy's humor is sophisticated and edgy while appealing to a wide audience," said Caren Bohan, a Reuters journalist and president of the White House Correspondents' Association.  "We are thrilled that Jimmy has accepted our invitation to be the featured comedian at our annual dinner."

AWARDS - 2012 WINNERS
White House Correspondents' Association announces ABC'S Jake Tapper, The Washington Post's Scott Wilson and teams at Politico and the Associated Press are winners of its 2012 journalism awards

The White House Correspondents' Associationis pleased to announce the winners of its 2012 journalism awards. Ten journalists have been chosen as the winners of three prestigious awards, along with two honorable mentions. Two of the winning submissions underscore the importance of teamwork in achieving journalistic excellence. The WHCAlooks forward to honoring the talented recipients at our annual scholarship dinner at the Washington Hilton on April 28, 2012. READ MORE

2011 DINNER
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SLIDESHOW: 2011 DINNER PHOTOS

White House Correspondents' Association announces the 2011 AWARDS

Four reporters have been named winners of three of journalism's most prestigious awards, and will be honored at the White House Correspondents' Associationdinner on April 30 at the Washington Hilton. At the annual dinner, the association also gives out more than $100,000 in scholarships for journalism students.

READ ABOUT THE 2011 JOURNALISM AWARD WINNERS.



WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS' Association ANNOUNCES RECIPIENTS OF 2011 SCHOLARSHIPS
$103,000 to be awarded as part of White House Correspondents' Association℠Dinner Weekend

Students honored at Annual Scholarship Luncheon on Friday, April 29.

READ ABOUT THE 2011 SCHOLARSHIPS

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View approximately 300 images of the 2010 dinner by photographer Paul Morse. Slideshow is available in Flash and non-Flash formats.

2010 WHCA DINNER REPORT

2010 JOURNALISM AWARDS

SLIDESHOW: 2009 DINNER PHOTOS
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Watch a FLASH SLIDESHOW with over 200 images of the WHCAreception and dinner.

2009 WHCA DINNER REPORT

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2009 JOURNALISM AWARDS

READ THE WINNING ENTRIES

The 2008 WHCA DINNER took place on April 26 at the Washington Hilton hotel. Visit the 2008 WHCA DINNER PAGE for coverage of the event. C-SPAN televised the event and has posted STREAMING VIDEO OF THE WHCA DINNER on their web site.

SLIDESHOW - THE 2008 DINNER
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WATCH A FLASH SLIDESHOW of the 2008 reception and awards dinner. Flash and a java-enabled web browser are required to view the show.

SLIDESHOW - THE 2007 DINNER

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A SLIDESHOW of the 2007 reception and dinner remains online

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A number of videos featuring past dinners dating back to the early '90s, including Presidential remarks, awards and scholarship presentations, interesting historical footage, and political humor are available on C-SPAN.ORG.


Visit the AWARDS PAGE sidebar for quick links to prior coverage of journalism awards, winning entries, and press releases dating back to 2000.


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