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After a very eventful White House Correspondents’ Dinner hosted by Michelle Wolf in 2018, the White House Correspondents’ Association is gearing up for another edition of so-called “Nerd Prom,” this time without a comedian host.
The annual dinner, hosted by the WHCA and held to celebrate free speech as well as provide journalists the opportunity to intermingle with the political set, will offer presidential biographer Ron Chernow as a “featured speaker,” in contrast to the event’s recent history of offering a platform for a comic host who isn’t afraid to wade into politics. The dinner is set to take place Saturday at the Washington Hilton.
Chernow is the biographer behind 2004’s Alexander Hamilton, the book that inspired Lin-Manuel Miranda’s blockbuster musical Hamilton. He has additionally penned Washington: A Life (2010), Grant (2017) and Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. (2004), among other titles. Chernow’s appointment as “featured speaker” follows Wolf’s controversial monologue at the 2018 WHCD, which was criticized by the WHCA and some journalists but defended by late-night hosts.
This year, President Donald Trump, who for the second year in a row isn’t attending, has ordered his officials to boycott the dinner, several outlets have reported.
Multiple platforms will be live-streaming this year’s gathering, which so far promises to be something of a rejoinder to last year’s festivities. See the viewing options below.
ABC News Live will be live-streaming the dinner while simultaneously covering Trump’s campaign rally in Wisconsin. ABC News Live can be found on the ABC News site, YouTube, Apple News, mobile apps and Roku, Hulu, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV.
C-SPAN will be live-streaming the dinner starting at 9:30 p.m. ET on its 2019 WHCD page. Curious viewers can also watch previous speeches at the C-SPAN website.
Fox Nation will be live-streaming the event from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET, while the Fox News Channel will be covering portions of the dinner in its primetime programming on Saturday.
MSNBC will be covering the dinner live starting at 9 p.m. ET. Anchor Chris Jansing will head up coverage, while NBC News’ Simone Boyce will work the red carpet. Additional guests for coverage include NBC News’ Kristen Welker; comedian Yakov Smirnoff; David Litt, former presidential speechwriter for Barack Obama; Anita McBride, former assistant to George W. Bush and chief of staff to Laura Bush; and MSNBC contributor and Princeton professor Eddie Glaude, Jr.
Several news outlets will be live-streaming the show on the platform, including NBC News and C-SPAN.
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