Indian-American stand-up comedian Hasan Minhaj will host this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
“Hasan Minhaj, the Peabody award-winning host of Netflix’s Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj, will return to the dinner as featured entertainer,” the WHCA announced.
Actor Kenan Thompson will serve as the host for the annual White House Correspondents Association’s (WHCA) dinner on April 25.
“Kenan and Hasan are two of the most engaged and engaging entertainers in America. I’m thrilled they’ll help us celebrate the role of a free press in our democracy,” said Jonathan Karl, Chief White House Correspondent for ABC News and president of the WHCA.
“We’re looking forward to a lively evening honouring the most important political journalism of the past year,” he said.
At its annual dinner, WHCA will be presenting two new awards – The Katharine Graham Award for Courage and Accountability and the Award for Excellence in Presidential News Coverage by Visual Journalists. These come in addition to the longstanding Aldo Beckman Award for Overall Excellence in White House Coverage and Merriman Smith Award for Excellence in Presidential News Coverage Under Deadline Pressure.
This year’s dinner will further include the inaugural presentation of the Collier Prize for State Government Accountability, administered by the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications to recognize outstanding statehouse reporting.