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Foreign Affairs & Devex Kick off White House Correspondents' Dinner Weekend
During his speech at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, President Barack Obama noted:
"On a more serious note, tonight reminds us that we really are lucky to live in a country where reporters get to give a head of state a hard time on a daily basis...but we also know that not every journalist, or photographer, or crewmember is so fortunate, because even as we celebrate the free press tonight, our thoughts are with those in places around the globe like Ukraine, and Afghanistan, and Syria, and Egypt, who risk everything — in some cases, even give their lives — to report the news."
There are many events hosted by media outlets during the frenetic few days around the White House Correspondents' Dinner. On May 1, thanks to the support of the United Nations Foundation, Foreign Affairs and Devex hosted their own party with a unique twist: celebrating international affairs journalism.
This elite gathering welcomed diplomats, journalists, U.S. government officials, and congressional staffers from both parties--all of whom recognize the value of serious international reporting. On the 12th floor of the United Nations Foundation, on a terrace overlooking the monuments, guests heard candid and thoughtful remarks from Kathy Calvin, president and CEO of the UN Foundation; Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations; Raj Kumar, founder and editor of Devex; and Jonathan Tepperman, managing editor of Foreign Affairs. The speakers highlighted the geopolitical significance of current events and applauded international journalists for risking their lives to share the true story of events on the ground, putting conflict and regional escalation into global and historical context.
The event was covered by Washington Life, the Washington Post, Politico, and Hollywood on the Potomac, among others. Actor Tony Goldwyn, who plays President Fitzgerald Grant on ABC's Scandal attended. He also remarked on the importance of institutions like Foreign Affairs, Devex, and the UN Foundation in this video interview. Guests enjoyed music by former diplomat and DJ Ben Chang and 12-year-old DJ Beauty & the Beatz, spirits from James E. Pepper Whiskey, and complimentary rides from Uber.