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PHOTOS: 2019 White House Correspondents’ Dinner Pre/Post Parties

Saturday night's NBC News/MSNBC After Party filled the Embassy of Italy.
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Party photographer Dan Swartz’s diary of bashes, benefits, and galas.

Date: Friday, April 26, 2019
Occasion: “Politics Without Prejudice: A Toast to Freedom of the Press”
Hosts: The Hill & CRAFT Media
Location: National Portrait Gallery
Scene: GRAMMY Award-winning musician Questlove kept the dance floor full (and revelers dodging the museum’s fountains) during this weekend kickoff party.
Guest List: Questlove, The Hill President Richard Beckman, The Hill Editor-in-Chief Bob Cusack, CRAFT Media CEO Brian Donahue, Rudy Giuliani, Ed Henry, Judy Kurtz, Irish AMB Daniel Mulhall, Swiss AMB Martin Dahinden.

Craft Media CEO Brian Donahue, The Hill Editor Bob Cusack, and The Hill President Richard Beckman.
Fox News Anchor Ed Henry, NPR Deputy Washington Editor Shirley Henry, Fox News host Howard Kurtz, and The Hill columnist Judy Kurtz.
Venable lobbyist Tom Quinn, Irish Ambassador Daniel Mulhall, and Greta Mulhall.
NBC4 News Director Matt Glassman and Nelson Mullins partner Phil Busman.
Bloomberg BNA CEO Josh Eastright, Ron Christie, and ConocoPhillips VP John Dabbar.

Date: Friday, April 26, 2019
Occasion: “A Celebration of America’s Journalists”
Host: United Talent Agency
Location: Fiola Mare
Scene: The hottest party on Friday night, with a super tight guest list, where Hollywood stars, journalists, and members of Congress could all be spotted mingling on the Georgetown waterfront.
Guest List: UTA co-president Jay Sures, Mediaite CEO Dan Abrams, actress Minnie Driver, Jake Tapper, Dana Bash, Jim Acosta, comic Jordan Klepper, Don Lemon, Senators Mark Warner and Patrick Leahy, former Senator Al Franken, actress Danielle Panabaker, Charlotte Pence, actor KJ Apa, Hilary Rosen, and Tammy Haddad.

The outside of top-rated Georgetown restaurant Fiola Mare.
UTA co-president Jay Sures and CNN Chief Political Correspondent Dana Bash.
Model and actress Kelleth Cuthbert (aka “the Fiji water girl”).
UTA’s Darnell Strom, former Senator Al Franken, and GTN’s Don Epstein.
Sean Spicer interviews Kevin O’Leary.
Actress Danielle Panabaker and POLITICO CEO Patrick Steel.

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019
Occasion: ”26th Annual White House Correspondents’ Weekend Garden Brunch”
Hosts: Tammy Haddad, Hilary Rosen, Jean Case, Mark & Sally Ein, Jennifer Dunn, Zac Moffatt, Greta Van Susteren & John Coale, Fritz Brogan, and Franco Nuschese
Location: Beall-Washington House in Georgetown
Scene: A WHCD weekend mainstay every year that draws a huge turnout of Washington notables and Hollywood VIPs. This year’s special guest, Jay Leno, made 2019 particularly memorable by giving away a car to Purple Heart recipient, U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant Angela Morales-Biggs.
Guest List: Jay Leno, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Kellyanne Conway, Wolf Blitzer, David Rubenstein, Steve Case, Heather Podesta, Rudy Giuliani, Michael Kelly, Carol Melton, Fred Ryan, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, Lt. Gen. Gwendolyn Bingham, Gary Knell, and Robert Allbritton.

Allison Rosenstein, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and Tammy Haddad.
Wolf Blitzer, Pamela Brown, and Rudy Giuliani.
Brooke and Fritz Brogan, Jay Leno, and Greta van Susteren.
The keys to a brand new car were presented by Jay Leno to Purple Heart recipient, U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant Angela Morales-Biggs of Manassas, Virginia.
Alice Tapper, Don Lemon, and Lt. Gen. Gwendolyn Bingham.
Sally, Charlie, and Mark Ein, who own Beall-Washington House.

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019
Occasion: Capitol File‘s White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner After Party
Host: House of Cards star Michael Kelly
Location: The Dupont Circle Hotel
Scene: The Dupont Circle Hotel’s recently renovated patio area served as the backdrop for the luxury lifestyle magazine’s late night celebration, which deftly balanced-out the usual WHCD crowd of news wonks and media types with notables from the city’s upscale hotel and restaurant communities.
Guest List: Capitol File Editor-in-Chief Michael Clements, Sean Spicer, Hilary Rosen and Megan Murphy, Lindsay Drewel, Molly Mulrain, Anina Belle Giannini, Sondra Hoffman, Erwin Gomez, Anchyi Wei, Fran Holuba & Giuseppe Lanzone, Meredith Goldberg, Thy Parra, Joy Kingsley-Ibeh.

The debut of the new outdoor terrace of The Dupont Circle hotel.
Actor Michael Kelly and Capitol File Editor-in-Chief Michael Clements.
Mark Thomas, Joy Kingsley-Ibeh, and Erwin Gomez.
Guests entered the party through a “Hall of Covers”.
Hilary Rosen and Megan Murphy.

Date: Saturday, April 27th, 2019
Occasion: 2019 White House Correspondents’ Dinner After Party
Hosts: NBC News, MSNBC, and Comcast NBCUniversal
Location: Embassy of Italy
Scene: Returning for the tenth consecutive year, the NBC/MSNBC after party is the “can’t miss” late night destination for dinner attendees, with black tie-clad guests spotted on the iHeartRadio-sponsored dance floor well past 3 AM. Billed as a celebration of the First Amendment and the next generation of correspondents, a corresponding donation in honor of the occasion will be made to the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Guest List: Phil Griffin, David Cohen, Stephanie Ruhle, Capt. “Sully” Sullenberger, Susan Rice, Ty Cobb, Joe Crowley, and Congressmen Brendan Boyle and Ruben Gallego.

Yamiche Alcindor, Ashley Parker, MSNBC President Phil Griffin, and Stephanie Ruhle.
The NBC “peacock” logo at the entrance to the Embassy of Italy.
Sydney Barron, Congressman Ruben Gallego, and Francesca Chambers.
Jeremy Bash, Will Rabbe, Anne Kornblut, and Robyn Bash.
Robert Zirklebach, Katie Zirklebach, Adam Weiss, Rachel Urban, Kelley Hudak, and Caitlin Carroll.
DJ Neekola presided over the dance floor from a raised iHeartRadio DJ booth.
David Cohen and John McCarthy.

Date: Sunday, April 28, 2019
Occasion: “Political Hangover Brunch”
Hosts: CNN
Location: Engine Company 12
Scene: With two live bands and three floors of entertainment, CNN’s New Orleans-themed post dinner celebration kept the party going through the tail end of the weekend.
Guest List: Jeff Zucker, Wolf Blitzer, Jake Tapper, Don Lemon, Matt Dornic, Gloria Borger, Alisyn Camerota, Sam Feist, Kaitlan Collins, Lauren Pratapas, Barbara Martin, Tace Joelle Loeb, Alayna Brooke, and Joe Lockhart.

The outside of the Engine Company 12 building.
Don Lemon, Jeff Zucker, Alisyn Camerota, and Jake Tapper.
Lance Morgan, Gloria Borger, Lynn and Wolf Blitzer.
Frédéric Yonnet headlined the second floor stage at the party.
Oliver Darcy, Kaitlan Collins, and Brooke Lorenz.