White House Correspondents' Dinner Canceled Over Coronavirus Concerns

After initially delaying it from April to August, organizers have officially thrown in the towel on this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

In an email to members of the White House Correspondents’ Association on Tuesday, WHCA president Jon Karl wrote:

“We’ve been working hard to reconfigure the dinner in ways to make it safe for guests and staff. But after consultation with medical experts, government authorities and our own members, we’ve concluded that it is just not possible to put on the kind of dinner that promotes the best in journalism and allows our guests to comfortably and safely enjoy themselves.”

"Saturday Night Live" star Kenan Thompson was originally set to host the 2020 Correspondents' Dinner alongside comedian Hasan Minhaj, host of Netflix's "Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj" and former correspondent on "The Daily Show."

Karl says WHCA officials are now considering putting together a virtual version of the annual event.

"We do not want to let this moment pass, however, without telling the truly inspiring story of journalism in 2020, particularly White House journalism," Karl continued. "So, we are working at this moment on a virtual presentation that would allow us to salute award-winning journalism, toast an impressive group of scholarship winners, and still enjoy a few laughs."

Find out more information on Politico.

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