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White House Correspondents’ Association announces new date for annual dinner

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The White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) dinner is back on with a new date after being postponed due to the coronavirus.

The annual gathering — long considered Washington’s premier social event and traditionally attended by the president — will be held Aug. 29, organizers announced Monday.

“After consulting with public health and medical officials, the WHCA looks forward to honoring the first amendment and the important work of the journalists at our annual dinner,” the organization said in a statement.

The dinner was originally scheduled to be held April 25 at the Washington Hilton hotel, but those plans were scrapped last month amid the pandemic.

“For most of us, the COVID-19 pandemic has been the most important story of our lifetimes,” WHCA President Jonathan Karl, of ABC News, said in a statement announcing the new date. “We hope our rescheduled 2020 dinner will be a chance to celebrate the kind [of] important journalism we have seen throughout this crisis.”

“Saturday Night Live” cast member Kenan Thompson is still poised to host and comedian Hasan Minhaj will serve as the night’s featured entertainer at the media- and lawmaker-filled dinner, which raises money for journalism scholarships.

The new date falls about a week after the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee — which was itself delayed for a month because of COVID-19 — and just days after the Republican National Convention wraps up in Charlotte, N.C.

President Trump has skipped “nerd prom” since he’s been in office, opting last year to hold a reelection campaign rally on the same night as the black-tie fête.

The WHCA said Friday that it would remain “in close contact with the relevant professionals” and would provide any additional updates on the dinner as necessary. 

Tags Coronavirus Donald Trump Hasan Minhaj Jonathan Karl Kenan Thompson Nerd Prom WHCA White House Correspondents Dinner White House Correspondents' Association

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