Hollywood on the Potomac
The White House Correspondents’ Weekend is the ultimate mesh of Washington and Hollywood parading through the nation’s capital. A perfect representation of that blend is the annual reception co-hosted by People Managing Editor Larry Hackett and Washington Bureau Chief Sandra Sobieraj Westfall along side of TIME Manging Editor Rick Stengel and Washington Bureau Chief Michael Duffy at the swank St. Regis Hotel.
This year’s fete was no disappointment when it came to a packed room of taste-makers and power players, all converging to celebrate Washington, the White House and have some fun along the way.
Today Show host Savannah Guthrie and CNN’s Dana Bash lounged in the hotel’s courtyard as celebrities poured in including Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas, singer John Legend, Mad Men’s Jessica Pare, and Hawaii Five-O’s Daniel Dae Kim (to name a few). Also among the crowd trying to keep a low profile was Elin Nordegren, famously known as the Ex-Mrs. Tiger Woods. Once people caught on though, droves of supportive fans were lined up to get a photo with the Swedish model (whose father is actually a journalist who has covered DC).
Designers were putting the finishing touches on the dinner venue for the annual soiree hosted on Friday night by Katherine and David Bradley, owner of Atlantic Media which includes The National Journal.
The art that flanked the garden dining area: “The Ballets Russes—the most innovative dance company of the 20th century—propelled the performing arts to new heights through groundbreaking collaborations between artists, composers, choreographers, dancers, and fashion designers. Founded by Russian impresario Serge Diaghilev (1872–1929) in Paris in 1909, the company combined Russian and Western traditions with a healthy dose of modernism, thrilling and shocking audiences with its powerful fusion of choreography, music, and design.”
The Powerhouse, one of Georgetown’s newest hot spots, was certainly heating up on Friday night for one of The White House Correspondents’ Association’s weekend’s first major pre-partys.
“For all of us, Wolf Blitzer is a leading example of quality journalism; he has been building an exemplary professional image over the course of an extraordinary career,” said The Ambassaador of Italy, Claudio Bisogniero, when presenting the CNN host of The Situation Room with the Urbino Press Award.
I am honored to receive the Urbino Press Award. I accept it also on behalf of all of my colleagues at CNN. Ted Turner’s idea of having a channel dedicated entirely to the news has really changed the way information is reported in the United States and the world,” said Blitzer
Italian fashion designers Piero and Giacomo Guidi established the award in recognition of American journalists who, with great commitment, strive to keep the public informed about current events.
Conferred in the past to some of American journalism’s best reporters, NPR’s Diane Rehm was the first recepient. Past winners also include Helene Cooper of the New York Times, David Ignatius of the Washington Post, Thomas L. Friedman of the New York Times, Martha Raddatz of ABC news, and Michael Weisskopf of Time magazine.