The gala awards scholarships to deserving journalism students and recognizes those in the journalism field.
From the WHDC.net website...
"This year's winners for the Aldo Beckman Memorial Award, which recognizes repeated excellence in White House coverage, went to Glenn Thrush of Politico and Brianna Keilar of CNN while winners of the Merriman Smith Memorial Award, which recognizes deadline work in both print and broadcast, honored Peter Baker of the New York Times and Peter Maer of CBS. The Edgar A. Poe Award, which recognizes coverage of news of national or regional significance, went to Megan Twohey and a team at Reuters, and a joint work by The Center for Public Integrity in partnership with ABC News. An Honorable mention goes to The Seattle Times and reporter Craig Welch and photographer Steve Ringman."
Awards aside, the event is really about which Hollywood star, or starlet, graces that red carpet - and we saw quite a few - from the entire cast of Scandal (minus new mom Kerry Washington) to Patrick Duffy of Dallas to comedian/actor Kevin Hart to those Facebook twins to Jessica Simpson sporting her new Weight Watchers figure to ... professional athletes. Oh, yeah, the gridiron gang was in the house! Richard Sherman, Tony Romo, Russell Wilson, Tim Tebow, Cam Newton, and Andrew Luck were all front and center. Even NBA great Kareem Abdul Jabar looked like he was having a great time!
Check out our red carpet favs: Lupita Nyong'o, Tim Tebow, Sophia Vergara, Andrew Luck, Dianne Lang, and Tony Romo.