May 2, 2014 | by Staff reports
Blade staff to attend White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner

Chris Johnson, gay news, Washington Blade, Michigan

Washington Blade political reporter Chris Johnson. (Washington Blade photo by Damien Salas)

The Washington Blade, which is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year, will have a presence at Saturday night’s centennial celebration of the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner.

Several Blade staffers, including editor Kevin Naff, White House reporter Chris Johnson and senior reporter Lou Chibbaro, Jr. will be there, along with the Blade’s special guest, blogger Andrew Sullivan.

The Blade was recently added to the in-town press pool, marking the first time the White House Correspondents’ Association extended the honor to an LGBT outlet. Johnson has served as the Blade’s reporter in the pool this year. Chibbaro was first credentialed at the White House during the Reagan administration but did not serve in the press pool of reporters that shadow the president when he leaves the White House.

The Blade has had a complicated history with the White House press corps. Its credentials were revoked during the second term of the George W. Bush administration but promptly reinstated when Barack Obama was sworn in.

“We’re excited to celebrate this milestone in the Blade’s long journey,” said Naff, who invited Sullivan to join the Blade contingent as a thank you for his contribution to the marriage equality movement. “Andrew was writing about marriage equality when most of today’s activists were still in the closet. He deserves our community’s gratitude and we all look forward to a fun night.”

Comedian and actor Joel McHale will emcee Saturday’s event, which is being broadcast on CNN from 8-11 p.m. President Obama is scheduled to speak. You can follow Blade observations at @washblade or @chrisjohnson82.

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