THE WHCA IS TURNING 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
WHCA DINNER NEWS
WASHINGTON - The White House Correspondents' Association℠ is pleased to announce that Joel McHale, star of the
NBC series Community, will be the entertainer at the association's Centennial dinner on Saturday, May 3, 2014.
"We’re thrilled that Joel will headline the dinner when we celebrate our centennial," said WHCA President Steven Thomma. "
He's sharp, funny, and just the type of comic who can navigate the unique challenge of our dinner, making fun of Democrats, Republicans and especially the news media. Washington can use a little good-natured ribbing."
McHale is a star of the NBC series Community, now in its 5th season. He also satirizes pop culture and current events as the host of E!’s The Soup. He’s appeared in movies as well, and recently finished work on the forthcoming thriller Deliver Us From Evil produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.
Founded in 1914 to represent the White House press corps, the association marks its centennial this year. It 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 is traditionally attended by the President and First Lady as well as many other senior government officials and members of the press corps. Proceeds from the dinner go toward scholarships for aspiring journalists and awards recognizing excellence in the profession.
WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS' ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES 2014 AWARDS
The White House Correspondents' Association is presenting three major journalism awards at the annual dinner on May 3, 2014 to recognize distinguished reporting. The awards are among the most prestigious in our field. Prizes range from $1,000 to $2,500.
You are encouraged to review your 2013 reporting and consider entering the competition. The three contests are open to print and broadcast journalists.
The WHCA board has enlisted the Medill School of Journalism and Ellen Shearer, co-director of the Medill News Service here in Washington, D.C., to help coordinate the judging of the three contests.
The Merriman Smith Award ($2,500) recognizes presidential news coverage under deadline pressure, with separate awards for print and broadcast journalists. Broadcast tapes (DVD) also may be submitted with scripts.
The Aldo Beckman ($1,000) recognizes repeated excellence in White House coverage, with a single award for either a print or broadcast journalist. Entries may be in the form of clippings, original material, wire copy printouts, photocopies or broadcast scripts. Online entries must be original Web content. Broadcast tapes (DVD) also may be submitted with scripts.
The Edgar A. Poe Award ($2,500) recognizes excellence in coverage of news of national or regional significance, with a single award for either a print or broadcast journalist. Entries may be in the form of clippings, original material, wire copy printouts, photocopies or online entries. Broadcast tapes (DVD) also may be submitted. Online entries must be original Web content.
The deadline for entries is March 5, 2014. READ MORE
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 will be 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. This year's entry deadline is March 5, 2014.
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 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
2013 JOURNALISM AWARDS
WASHINGTON--Ryan Lizza of the New Yorker is last year's winner of the White House Correspondents Association award for journalistic excellence in covering the presidency.
Julie Pace of the Associated Press and Terry Moran of ABC have won the association's 2013 awards for White House news coverage under deadline pressure, and the Center for Public Integrity is recognized for its coverage of issues of national importance.
The annual WHCA prizes honor outstanding performance by White House correspondents and other national journalists each year. The prizes and their cash awards were given out at the association's annual dinner on Saturday, April 27.
Selected by a panel of judges organized by the Medill School of Journalism, the winning candidates demonstrated excellence under deadline pressure and in the kind of in-depth reporting at risk in an era of media cost-cutting.
READ MORE ABOUT THE 2013 AWARDS
2013 WHCA℠ SCHOLARSHIPS
Congratulations to this year's recipients! Visit our SCHOLARSHIPS page to learn more about these exceptional students.
2013 WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS' ASSOCIATION℠ DINNER
To view red carpet arrivals and the full program, visit C-SPAN's WHCA℠ page. Additional photos are available on our SLIDESHOW and DINNER pages.
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 White House Correspondents' Association today announces the winners of its journalism awards. The awards will be presented at the annual dinner of the association on Saturday, May 3.
The judges chose two winners this year for Aldo Beckman Memorial 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 Center for Public Integrity in partnership with ABC News. An Honorable mention goes to The Seattle Times and reporter Craig Welch and photographer Steve Ringman.Congratulations to this year's recipients.
Please visit our 2014 AWARDS page to read more about the winning entries.
MARCH 25, 2014, WHCA STATEMENT
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
The White House Correspondents' Association is pleased to announce that Joel McHale, star of the NBC series Community, will be the entertainer at the association's Centennial dinner on Saturday, May 3, 2014. READ MORE
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
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.
President: Steven Thomma, McClatchy Newspapers
Vice President: Christi Parsons, Tribune Company
Secretary: April Ryan, American Urban Radio Network
Treasurer: Doug Mills, New York Times
Carol Lee, Wall Street Journal, at large (7/15/16)
Scott Horsley, NPR, radio (7/15/15)
Margaret Talev, Bloomberg News, wire
Major Garrett, CBS News, television
Olivier Knox, Yahoo! News, periodicals
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.
"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." READ MORE
C-Span's comprehensive coverage of the guest arrival from the red carpet area starting at about 6:15 pm, and their full coverage of the dinner program may be viewed on TV or online at C-SPAN.ORG's White House Correspondents' Dinner hub.
2013 AWARD-WINNING JOURNALISTS
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
LAUNCH THE 2012 SLIDESHOW
Late-night comic Jimmy Kimmel to headline White House Correspondents' Association℠ Dinner
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."
The WHCA℠ dinner is traditionally attended by the President and First Lady as well as many other senior government officials and members of the press corps. Proceeds from the dinner go toward scholarships and awards aimed at supporting aspiring journalists and recognizing excellence in the profession.
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.
For recent White House Correspondents' Association news, check the