The Hill kicks off White House correspondents' weekend

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In a fete attended by some of the media world’s brightest stars, The Hill kicked off a weekend of events surrounding the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) dinner with a Friday reception at the Turkish Embassy.

Newsweek/The Daily Beast Editor-in-Chief Tina Brown, “CBS This Morning” anchor Gayle King, and The Huffington Post's Arianna Huffington mixed and mingled with a packed crowd at the ornate space near downtown Washington.

Huffington said she couldn’t wait to be accompanied to the annual dinner by two of the Garden State’s most famous residents: “I look forward to sitting next to [New Jersey Gov.] Chris Christie [(R)], who is our guest tomorrow, and Jon Bon Jovi, who’s also our guest. It’s a great combination of the New Jersey boys,” she exclaimed.

Unique pairings, King says, is what the correspondents’ dinner is all about: “It’s one of those fun weekends where you have a great mix of people that aren’t normally together, getting together.”

Oprah Winfrey’s gal pal also said she’d be keeping her eye on one particular person at Saturday’s soiree at the Washington Hilton hotel, “We always want to know what the first lady’s going to wear.”

Brent Roske, executive producer of the online series “Chasing the Hill,” is a newbie to the WHCA festivities. The production pro says he’s looking forward to seeing “the folks in this line of work really let their hair down and have some fun.”

Follow The Hill's In The Know columnist Judy Kurtz (@JudyKurtz) and Features Editor Emily Goodin for (@Emilylgoodin) this weekend for live updates from the White House Correspondents' Association dinner and related parties.