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February 9, 2024

WHCA Announces Entertainer for 2024 Dinner

Colin Jost -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC)

The White House Correspondents’ Association announced today that Saturday Night Live ‘Weekend Update’ Co-Anchor Colin Jost will be the featured entertainer at its annual dinner on Saturday, April 27 in Washington, D.C.

“Colin Jost knows how to make Saturday nights funny, and I am thrilled Colin will be live from the nation’s capital as the headline entertainer for this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner,” said Kelly O’Donnell, president of the White House Correspondents’ Association and NBC News Senior White House Correspondent.

Jost is a writer, performer and author. He started writing for SNL in 2005 and has been the co-anchor of the show’s ‘Weekend Update’ since 2014.

In 2016, Jost and Co-Anchor Michael Che hosted special editions of “Weekend Update” on MSNBC during the 2016 Republican and Democratic National Conventions as well as the primetime “Weekend Update Summer Edition” in 2017. 

He has been recognized with five Writers Guild Awards, two Peabody Awards and has been nominated for 14 Emmy Awards for his writing on SNL. He also has written a New York Times best-selling memoir, “A Very Punchable Face.”

“His sharp insights perfectly meet this remarkable time of divided politics, and a presidential campaign careening toward a rematch. His smart brand of comedy and keen observation will turn up the heat on the national news media and across the political spectrum. A night of laughs and reflections as our dinner honors freedom of the press as a cornerstone of American democracy. I am beyond excited to welcome one of NBC’s brightest stars to one of Washington’s greatest traditions,” O’Donnell added.

The WHCA dinner is traditionally attended by the President and First Lady as well as senior government officials and members of the press corps. Proceeds from the dinner help finance all the WHCA’s work, including awards recognizing excellence in the profession and scholarships for journalism students, awarded with the hope of building a next generation of White House journalists who reflect America.

About the WHCA

The WHCA comprises hundreds of members from the worlds of print, television, radio and online journalism. Their work, for outlets based in the United States and overseas, reaches a global audience.

Since its founding in 1914, the association works to ensure that the journalists who cover the White House have the ability to seek answers from powerful officials, up to and including the President. That includes everything from advocating for access and managing the pools of reporters who stay close to the president to logistics for the press corps following the president around the world.

More About Colin Jost 

Jost started in journalism as a reporter and editor for the Staten Island Advance newspaper, a writer for the Harvard Crimson, president of the Harvard Lampoon and editor-in-chief of The Owl.

In 2020, Jost debuted “A Very Punchable Face,” a New York Times bestseller about growing up in a family of firefighters on Staten Island, learning to speak at the age of four, commuting three hours a day to high school, living in Russia during Putin’s first term and fighting in WrestleMania. It was a finalist for the Goodreads Book of the Year and won an Audie Award for Best Audio Book.

Jost also has written for The New YorkerThe New York Times and The Huffington Post.

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For more information about the WHCA dinner, contact WHCA Executive Director Steve Thomma at director@whca.press.

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