THE WHCA TURNS 100
This year, the White House Correspondents' Association marks the 100th anniversary of its 1914 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 marks its anniversary this year, veteran White House reporters, political journalists and scholars will chart the story of that evolving group of professionals in a series of blog posts on this website. The year-long series is being produced in cooperation with the White House Historical Association.
As we begin to celebrate this milestone, we are looking for anecdotes, pictures or memorabilia from past dinners and past Association events. If you have something you'd like to share, please let us know.
Read about the 100 YEAR HISTORY OF THE WHCA
Newspaper correspondents and President Coolidge on the White House Lawn, 8/24/1923. National Photo Company Collection/ Library of Congress
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. The 2014 WHCA℠ dinner was held on May 3, 2014. 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℠.
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 WHCA℠ BY-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 links to some representative NEWS and BLOGS produced by our members, to help keep you up-to-date on the most pressing issues of the day.
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.
White House press briefing, photo/Doug Mills, New York Times
2014 JOURNALISM AWARDS
Congratulations to this year's recipients.
The judges chose two winners this year for the Aldo Beckman Memorail award, which recognizes repeated excellence in White House coverage. They are Glenn Thrush of Politico and Brianna Keilar of CNN.
The judges of the Merriman Smith Memorial Award, which recognizes deadline work in both print and broadcast, honored Peter Baker of the New York Times and Peter Maer of CBS.
And the judges of the Edgar A. Poe award, which recognizes coverage of news of national or regional significance, chose two winners. They are Megan Twohey and a team at Reuters; and a joint work by the Times and reporter Craig Welch and photographer Steve Ringman.
The President's Award was created this year to honor exceptional service to the White House Correspondents' Association. On the recommendation of the Association's president, and by vote of the board, it is given to George E Condon Jr.
Please visit our 2014 AWARDS page to read more about the winning entries.
2014 WHCA℠ SCHOLARSHIPS
Visit our SCHOLARSHIPS page to learn more about these exceptional students. (2014 scholarships coming soon)
2014 WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS' ASSOCIATION℠ DINNER
Visit our 2014 SLIDESHOW and the 2014 DINNER page for more photos of this year's event. Photos by J.M. Eddins Jr.
Additional photos are available on our SLIDESHOW and DINNER pages.
Watch A+E's History Channel video commemorating the WHCA's Centennial on our HISTORY page.
Use the sidebar links at the right for links to earlier WHCA℠ dinners, scholarships, and awards presentations.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk down Pennsylvania Avenue en route to the White House, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. Photo/Doug Mills, New York Times
The next WHCA dinner is scheduled for April 25, 2015. Save the date!
For recent White House Correspondents' Association news and messages of interest to our members, please check our
Photo: Mary Ellen Matthews/ NBC Universal
WASHINGTON -- The White House Correspondents' Association is pleased to announce that Saturday Night Live's Cecily Strong will be the entertainer at our annual dinner on April 25, 2015.
"Her political humor is sly and edgy, and it comes with a Chicago accent. Cecily grew up in suburban Oak Park, Ill. and got her start in Chicago's comedy scene with stints at iO and Second City," said WHCA President Christi Parsons.
Journalists are perennial targets for the WHCA entertainer, but Cecily has an edge: Her father, Bill Strong, served as Associated Press bureau chief in the Illinois Statehouse. Strong will be the fourth woman to serve in this role.
Founded in 1914 to represent the White House press corps, the association works to maintain independent news media coverage of the president, advocating for access, handling logistics for pools of reporters who stay close to the president and those who travel with him, and providing scholarships to journalism students.
The annual dinner traditionally draws the President and First Lady as well as many other senior government officials and members of the news media. Proceeds from the dinner go towards scholarships for aspiring journalists and awards recognizing excellence in the profession.
President: Christi Parsons, Tribune Company; at-large 7/15/15
Vice President: Carol Lee, Wall Street Journal; at-large 7/15/16
Secretary: Scott Horsley, NPR; radio 7/15/15
Treasurer: Margaret Talev, Bloomberg News; wire 7/15/15
Major Garrett, CBS News; television 7/15/16
Olivier Knox, Yahoo! News; periodicals 7/15/16
Doug Mills, The New York Times; photographer 7/15/17
Todd Gillman, Dallas Morning News; newspaper 7/15/17
Jeff Mason, Reuters; at-large 7/15/17
George Lehner, Pepper Hamilton
Steven Thomma, McClatchy; emeritus, 7/15/15
Executive Director, Julia Whiston
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℠.
Read about the 100 YEAR HISTORY OF THE WHCA
LBJ Library, Photo/Cecil Stoughton
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
It is outrageous that the Saudi government has refused to allow a White House reporter entry to the country to cover this week's visit of President Barack Obama. Michael Wilner, who covers the White House for the Jerusalem Post, had signed up to cover the visit and sought a visa along with the rest of the White House Press corps.... READ THE FULL STATEMENT ON OUR NEWS PAGE
Read the WHCA's statement regarding restricted photojournalistic access at the White House. The WHCA joins dozens of news/media organizations who are protesting the current policy.
It's that time again, members. Visit our MEMBERSHIP page to download an application/renewal form. Your annual membership runs from October 1 - Sept 30th.
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.
2013 AWARD-WINNING JOURNALISTS
LAUNCH THE 2012 SLIDESHOW
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."
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' Association℠ is 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 WHCA℠ looks forward to honoring the talented recipients at our annual scholarship dinner at the Washington Hilton on April 28, 2012. READ MORE
White House Correspondents' Association℠ ANNOUNCES RECIPIENTS OF 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' Association℠ dinner 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
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
Watch a FLASH SLIDESHOW with over 200 images of the WHCA℠ reception and dinner.
2009 WHCA℠ DINNER REPORT
TRANSCRIPT OF THE PRESIDENT'S REMARKS
The Merriman Smith Award for presidential coverage under deadline pressure, the Aldo Beckman award for sustained excellence in White House coverage, and the Edgar A. Poe Award for excellence in coverage of news of national or regional significance.
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.
WATCH A FLASH SLIDESHOW of the 2008 reception and awards dinner. Flash and a java-enabled web browser are required to view the show.
A SLIDESHOW of the 2007 reception and dinner remains online
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.
Read about WHCA℠ scholarships and learn more about the 2010 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS.
Read about WHCA℠ scholarships and learn more about the 2009 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS.
2008 SCHOLARSHIPS | 2007 SCHOLARSHIPS
THE SCHOLARSHIP ARCHIVE contains information about earlier recipients and links to additional information about these awards.
Visit the AWARDS PAGE sidebar for quick links to prior coverage of journalism awards, winning entries, and press releases dating back to 2000.