WHCA party goers flock to shindigs

Washington kicked off White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner weekend with two very different events Thursday evening. 

On one side of town, wine glasses clinked as guests of NPR’s Bytes and Bylines gathered on the rooftop of the Dupont Circle Hotel.

Among those spotted at the intimate soiree held ahead of the WHCA dinner: philanthropist Catherine Reynolds, NPR technology and culture reporter Elise Hu, Federal Communications Commission’s Neil Grace, Democratic lobbyist Jack Quinn and actress Sophia Bush.

Just a few miles away, electronic music blasted from the speakers of the underground venue Hierarchy in Columbia Heights for the second annual Spin Room with Rock the Vote party. A crush of 20- and 30-somethings mixed and mingled while hosts Jessica Hoy and Teddy Duvall of Ink Blot Army and FinePoint Digital PR Founder Meredith Fineman worked the room.

What was once simply a formal dinner held by the White House Correspondents’ Association and traditionally attended by the president has morphed over the years into a nearly weeklong series of dinner-related shindigs. More than 25 WHCA Dinner-related events are being held around the nation’s capital from Thursday through Sunday.


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