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The 2016 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner

Hosted by the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA), the 2016 White House Correspondents’ Dinner was held in Washington, D.C. this past weekend, bringing together top journalists, politicians, business elites, celebrities, athletes as well as media personalities. And once again, Thomson Reuters had a major presence, creating a weekend experience that drew huge crowds.

The WHCA’s primary mission is to promote journalism education and money raised from the dinner is being used to fund scholarships for 16 college students and a number of programs for students in D.C.-area high schools. This year, Thomson Reuters honored that mission by donating money to the Thomson Reuters Foundation to fund an elections reporting class and mentorship program for 12 Zambian journalists, as they prepare for their own election in August.

Thomson Reuters hosted pre-and post-dinner festivities for clients and other special guests, and Reuters journalists provided text, video and photo coverage of the annual event. Saturday’s festivities drew guests from diverse backgrounds across journalism, film, television, government, music, business and many more. Reuters provided a live stream of the red carpet inside the event, so guests could keep an eye on the action outside. And photos of guests were shown throughout the evening on a custom tablet wall. There was also a custom virtual reality experience, showcasing exclusive footage taken inside the oval office, at a White House press briefing and on other White House grounds.

Thomson Reuters party room

The fun continued at the dinner itself, where Thomson Reuters attendees were seated with special guests, including World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, House of Cards actor Michael Kelly, White House Social Secretary Deesha Dyer, Broad City creators Illana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, Downton Abbey actors Michelle Dockery and Allen Leech, Cuba Ambassador Jose Ramon Cabanas and many others. U.S. President Barack Obama and The Nightly Show comedian Larry Wilmore were featured speakers.

Ending the weekend on a high note, Thomson Reuters hosted a Sunday brunch on top of the Hay-Adams featuring politically inspired dishes prepared by contestants on Bravo’s ‘Top Chef’ cooking show. The menu included a blini with Indian candy smoked salmon and caviar, called SOTU Salmon; baby heirloom carrots, toasted almonds, ginger, basil and citrus vinaigrette, inspired by Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski; and chili glazed lamb belly, caramelized eggplant puree and marinated kohlrabi, inspired by Bernie Sanders.

Tablet wall

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