Gayle King mentioned April Ryan’s name, and the entire White House Correspondents’ Dinner crowd rose in a spontaneous standing ovation for Ryan. It was a powerful and touching moment. In a room filled mostly with media figures. Also, the 2,600 people in attendance stood to show their immense respect for their colleagues. And all she accomplished over 25 years as a White House correspondent.
Ryan, theGrio’s White House correspondent and D.C. bureau chief, is the longest-serving Black female reporter covering the White House beat. She has posed questions to five different administrations. In three years, she will become the longest-serving Black White House correspondent. When the White House Correspondents’ Dinner crowd stood and applauded, they did so in recognition of her incredible length of service and much more.
Ryan is a journalist of the highest quality—a person of integrity and precision who has never been afraid to ask important questions. She embodies the journalistic imperative to speak truth to power and hold leaders accountable. And she is a journalist who’s rooted in the needs of her community. Also, she asks questions and gets answers that Black people need. She is our representative in the White House press corps.
She’s proud to be a Black journalist. However, she’s not a journalist who happens to be Black. But at the same time, she’s a well-rounded journalist. That breadth of intellectual curiosity and depth of loyalty to her people makes her special. The journalists at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner stood because they recognized that. But wait, there’s an even deeper level.
Gayle King to be honoured with Journalist Icon Award at Byron Allen’s post WHCD gala
CBS News Gayle King is ready to receive the Journalist Icon Award at Byron Allen Presents the Washington D.C. Gala, theGrio announced Tuesday. The gala will take place following the White House Correspondents’ Dinner Saturday.
“Gayle’s doing a great job and has done so for many years,” Allen told USA TODAY. “She has had an impeccable career and continues to have one. She is someone we are happy to celebrate and amplify.”
What is the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner?
The White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner is an annual event in Washington, D.C. Also, that brings together members of the press, politicians, and celebrities. The dinner is a chance for the media to honour and celebrate the work of journalists who cover the White House.
The President attends the event. Also, the First Lady as well as other high-profile politicians and journalists.
Roy Wood Jr., who plays a reporter on “The Daily Show,”. The long-running Comedy Central program which blends comedy and news, will headline the event on April 29.
The show’s former host Trevor Noah spoke at last year’s dinner. It returned after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.
President Joe Biden was also the first president in six years to accept The White House Correspondents’ Associations invitation after Donald Trump repeatedly declined while in office.