White House correspondents’ dinner festivities kick off with tech- and media-focused event

Technological know-how, media and political leaders collected at the annual Bytes and Bylines social gathering Thursday to kick off the return of the White Home correspondents’ evening meal weekend.

Attendees crowded the Ambassador of Ireland’s home, flowing into the outside back garden region. Among the group had been Chasten Buttigieg, Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) and British Ambassador to the U.S. Karen Pierce. 

CBS’s Norah O’Donnell and CNN’s Kaitlan Collins and Abby Phillip were also at the social gathering, which was co-hosted by Allen Gannett, De’Ara Balenger, Eric Kuhn, Susanna Quinn, Sarah Kate Ellis and Stellene Volandes and sponsored by GLAAD and City & Place. 

Irish Ambassador to the U.S. Daniel Mulhall toasted the journalists in attendance, as very well as those about the planet placing themselves in harm’s way to report the truth at a time of increasing misinformation, and led the attendees in a minute of pause to understand the tragedy ongoing in Ukraine. 

GLAAD CEO Sarah Kate Ellis urged journalists to enable the firm in their initiatives to combat back from misinformation by keeping men and women accountable for the rhetoric they use and to distinct untrue narratives.