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“I am thrilled that Hasan will serve as our featured entertainer at this year’s White House Correspondent’s Dinner,” WHCA president and Reuters White House correspondent Jeff Mason said in a statement released on Twitter.
“Hasan’s smarts, big heart and passion for press freedom make him the perfect fit for our event, which will be focused on the First Amendment and the importance of a robust and independent media.”
White House Correspondents’ Association Announces Entertainer for 2017 Dinner— WHCA (@whca) April 11, 2017
April 11, 2017
Presidents have been attending the annual gala for decades, but President Donald Trump has announced he won’t be participating this year.
Proceeds from the event fund scholarships and awards aimed at promoting aspiring journalists and recognizing excellence in the profession.
The event is scheduled for April 29.