Variety, in partnership with the SAG-AFTRA, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation and The Washington Post, will honor journalists next week at a party on the eve of the annual White House Correspondents Association Dinner.
“A Celebration of Journalism” will welcome journalists, lobbyists, politicians and celebrities at The Post headquarters in Washington, D.C. on Friday, April 29. Guests expected to attend include the casts of best picture Oscar winner “Spotlight,” Peabody Award-winning drama series “Scandal” and the ABC sitcom “Black-ish.”
“We are proud to partner with SAG-AFTRA, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation and The Washington Post to celebrate these talented journalists who are the backbone of our democracy,” said Variety co-editor-in-chief Claudia Eller.
The White House Correspondents’ Association represents hundreds of journalists who cover the White House, including print, television, radio and online reporters and photographers. The WHCA’s mission is to ensure a strong free press.
“The pursuit of journalism is a tremendously challenging and meaningful effort that ensures a free flow of accurate information and access to critical stories. Journalists bring us the stories we need to make judgments and decisions about our government and they routinely put themselves in harm’s way to report the news. SAG-AFTRA is profoundly grateful for their efforts and honored to recognize them and the importance of their work,” said SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris.
“A Celebration of Journalism” will take place the night before the White House Correspondents’ Dinner at the Washington Post’s new One Franklin Square headquarters and will mark the first time the location has hosted an evening event.
“The Foundation is excited to be adding professional and educational programming geared toward the broadcast journalism community to our current slate of no-cost programs for SAG-AFTRA members,” said JoBeth Williams, president of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. “We are thrilled to honor the broadcast journalists who are critical pillars of our society by educating us about the world around us, and the current events that deeply affect our lives.”