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WHCD 2012: People-TIME, THR, New Yorker Parties Draw Media, Celebrity Pregamers

Posted: 04/28/2012 9:31 am Updated: 04/28/2012 10:18 am

Whcd 2012

The 2012 White House Correspondents' dinner is upon us, which means media figures, celebrities, politicos and more are party-hopping all over the nation's capital.

Media figures kicked off the weekend by attending the People - TIME party at the St. Regis hotel in Washington D.C. Cable news broadcasters including Chris Matthews, Norah O'Donnell, Andrea Mitchell, Greta Van Susteren, Wolf Blitzer and Willie Geist got down with fellow journalists and celebrities. Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Sam Feist and Rashida Jones were in attendance, as were "CBS This Morning" hosts Gayle King and Erica Hill. CBS Chief Leslie Moonves attended with his wife and "The Talk" host, Julie Chen.

Over at The Hollywood Reporter bash, actor Woody Harrelson stopped for a photo on the red carpet with Steve Schmidt, the Republican political strategist Harrelson portrayed in HBO's "Game Change." Newsweek/The Daily Beast's Tina Brown and Howard Kurtz were also in attendance, as were Christiane Amanpour and BET founder Robert L. Johnson.

The New Yorker also threw its own shindig, with Sofia Vergara, Fred Armisen,and Jason Schwartzman in attendance, along with a swath of government bigwigs and the cream of the magazine's crop.

Take a look at the slideshow below to see how media figures and celebrities kicked off the White House Correspondents' Weekend.

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  • PEOPLE/TIME Party On The Eve Of The White House Correspondents' Dinner

    WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27: Gayle King attends the PEOPLE/TIME Party on the eve of the White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 27, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for People)

  • PEOPLE/TIME Party On The Eve Of The White House Correspondents' Dinner

    WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27: Journalist Betsy Fisher attends the PEOPLE/TIME Party on the eve of the White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 27, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for People)

  • PEOPLE/TIME Party On The Eve Of The White House Correspondents' Dinner

    WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27: Andrea Mitchell of NBC attends the PEOPLE/TIME Party on the eve of the White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 27, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for People)

  • PEOPLE/TIME Party On The Eve Of The White House Correspondents' Dinner

    WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27: Kim Kelleher attends the PEOPLE/TIME Party on the eve of the White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 27, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for People)

  • PEOPLE/TIME Party On The Eve Of The White House Correspondents' Dinner

    WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27: Willie Geist attends the PEOPLE/TIME Party on the eve of the White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 27, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for People)

  • PEOPLE/TIME Party On The Eve Of The White House Correspondents' Dinner

    WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27: Donna Brazile and Tamron Hall attend the PEOPLE/TIME Party on the eve of the White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 27, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for People)

  • PEOPLE/TIME Party On The Eve Of The White House Correspondents' Dinner

    WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27: John Huey of TIME Inc. and Les Moonves of CBS attend the PEOPLE/TIME Party on the eve of the White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 27, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for People)

  • PEOPLE/TIME Party On The Eve Of The White House Correspondents' Dinner

    WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27: (L-R) Wolf Blitzer, Kim Kelleher, TIME Inc. CEO Laura Lang and Paul Caine attend the PEOPLE/TIME Party on the eve of the White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 27, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for People)

  • PEOPLE/TIME Party On The Eve Of The White House Correspondents' Dinner

    WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27: Lorraine Smothers and Chris Wallace of Fox News attend the PEOPLE/TIME Party on the eve of the White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 27, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for People)

  • PEOPLE/TIME Party On The Eve Of The White House Correspondents' Dinner

    WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27: (L-R) TIME Inc. CEO Laura Lang, Wolf Blitzer of CNN and Kim Kelleher attend the PEOPLE/TIME Party on the eve of the White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 27, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for People)

  • Jay Carney, US President Barack Obama's

    Jay Carney, US President Barack Obama's second White House Press Secretary, and his wife Claire Shipman of ABC News arrive at a red carpet event hosted by Google and the Hollywood Reporter, on the eve of the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner in Washington on April 27, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/GettyImages)

  • PEOPLE/TIME Party On The Eve Of The White House Correspondents' Dinner

    WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27: (L-R) Les Moonves of CBS, Chris Wallace of Fox News and Lorraine Smothers attend the PEOPLE/TIME Party on the eve of the White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 27, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for People)

  • PEOPLE/TIME Party On The Eve Of The White House Correspondents' Dinner

    WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27: Comedian Aasif Mandvi attends the PEOPLE/TIME Party on the eve of the White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 27, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for People)

  • Chris Matthews of MSNBC and guest arrive

    Chris Matthews of MSNBC and guest arrive at a red carpet event hosted by Google and the Hollywood Reporter, on the eve of the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner in Washington on April 27, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/GettyImages)

  • PEOPLE/TIME Party On The Eve Of The White House Correspondents' Dinner

    WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27: (L-R) Joe Klein of TIME Inc., Chris Matthew of MSNBC and Michael Duffy attend the PEOPLE/TIME Party on the eve of the White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 27, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for People)

  • PEOPLE/TIME Party On The Eve Of The White House Correspondents' Dinner

    WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27: Joe Klein of TIME Inc. and Valerie Jarrett attend the PEOPLE/TIME Party on the eve of the White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 27, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for People)

  • Brianna Keilar of CNN arrives at a red c

    Brianna Keilar of CNN arrives at a red carpet event hosted by Google and the Hollywood Reporter, on the eve of the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner in Washington on April 27, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/GettyImages)

  • CNN's Jessica Yellin (L) and Dana Bash (

    CNN's Jessica Yellin (L) and Dana Bash (R) arrive at a red carpet event hosted by Google and the Hollywood Reporter on the eve of the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner in Washington on April 27, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/GettyImages)

  • PEOPLE/TIME Party On The Eve Of The White House Correspondents' Dinner

    WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27: Journalist Arianna Huffington and Kim Kelleher attend the PEOPLE/TIME Party on the eve of the White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 27, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for People)

  • PEOPLE/TIME Party On The Eve Of The White House Correspondents' Dinner

    WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27: Savannah Guthrie of NBC and Michael Feldman attend the PEOPLE/TIME Party on the eve of the White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 27, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for People)

  • PEOPLE/TIME Party On The Eve Of The White House Correspondents' Dinner

    WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27: Gayle King (R) attends the PEOPLE/TIME Party on the eve of the White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 27, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for People)

  • PEOPLE/TIME Party On The Eve Of The White House Correspondents' Dinner

    WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27: Journalists Arianna Huffington (L) and Savannah Guthrie of NBC attend the PEOPLE/TIME Party on the eve of the White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 27, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for People)

  • Cenk Uygur, host of Current TVs The Youn

    Cenk Uygur, host of Current TVs The Young Turks, arrives at a red carpet event hosted by Google and the Hollywood Reporter, on the eve of the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner in Washington on April 27, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/GettyImages)

  • PEOPLE/TIME Party On The Eve Of The White House Correspondents' Dinner

    WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27: Michael Steele and Willie Geist attend the PEOPLE/TIME Party on the eve of the White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 27, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for People)

  • PEOPLE/TIME Party On The Eve Of The White House Correspondents' Dinner

    WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27: Journalist Ann Compton and Dr. William Hughes attend the PEOPLE/TIME Party on the eve of the White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 27, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for People)

  • Actor Woody Harrelson (L) and Republican

    Actor Woody Harrelson (L) and Republican political strategist Steve Schmidt (R), who Harrelson portrayed in 'Game Change', arrive at a red carpet event hosted by Google and the Hollywood Reporter, on the eve of the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner in Washington on April 27, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Tina Brown and Howard Kurtz arrive at a

    Tina Brown and Howard Kurtz arrive at a red carpet event hosted by Google and the Hollywood Reporter on the eve of the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner in Washington on April 27, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/GettyImages)

  • PEOPLE/TIME Party On The Eve Of The White House Correspondents' Dinner

    WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27: (L-2nd R) Journalist Ann Compton, actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita attend the PEOPLE/TIME Party on the eve of the White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 27, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for People)

  • Christiane Amanpour arrives at a red car

    Christiane Amanpour arrives at a red carpet event hosted by Google and the Hollywood Reporter, on the eve of the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner in Washington on April 27, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/GettyImages)

  • CNN's Piers Morgan arrives at a red carp

    CNN's Piers Morgan arrives at a red carpet event hosted by Google and the Hollywood Reporter on the eve of the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner in Washington on April 27, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/GettyImages)

  • PEOPLE/TIME Party On The Eve Of The White House Correspondents' Dinner

    WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27: Andrea Mitchell (L) of NBC attends the PEOPLE/TIME Party on the eve of the White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 27, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for People)

  • PEOPLE/TIME Party On The Eve Of The White House Correspondents' Dinner

    WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27: Norah O'Donnell of CBS attends the PEOPLE/TIME Party on the eve of the White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 27, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for People)

  • Arianna Huffington arrives at a red carp

    Arianna Huffington arrives at a red carpet event hosted by Google and the Hollywood Reporter, on the eve of the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner in Washington on April 27, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/GettyImages)

  • PEOPLE/TIME Party On The Eve Of The White House Correspondents' Dinner

    WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27: Guests attend the PEOPLE/TIME Party on the eve of the White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 27, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for People)

  • Robert L. Johnson, founder of Black Ente

    Robert L. Johnson, founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET) arrives at a red carpet event hosted by Google and the Hollywood Reporter, on the eve of the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner in Washington on April 27, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/GettyImages)

  • US Senator Ron Wyden, D-OR, arrives at a

    US Senator Ron Wyden, D-OR, arrives at a red carpet event hosted by Google and the Hollywood Reporter on the eve of the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner in Washington on April 27, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/GettyImages)

  • PEOPLE/TIME Party On The Eve Of The White House Correspondents' Dinner

    WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27: Greta Van Susteren of Fox News and Dana Bash of CNN attend the PEOPLE/TIME Party on the eve of the White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 27, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for People)

  • PEOPLE/TIME Party On The Eve Of The White House Correspondents' Dinner

    WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27: Gayle King (L) and Erica Hill attend the PEOPLE/TIME Party on the eve of the White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 27, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for People)

  • PEOPLE/TIME Party On The Eve Of The White House Correspondents' Dinner

    WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27: Alex Wagner (L) and Chris Matthews of MSNBC attend the PEOPLE/TIME Party on the eve of the White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 27, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for People)

  • PEOPLE/TIME Party On The Eve Of The White House Correspondents' Dinner

    WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27: Thomas Roberts, Erica Hill and Patrick Abner attend the PEOPLE/TIME Party on the eve of the White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 27, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for People)

  • PEOPLE/TIME Party On The Eve Of The White House Correspondents' Dinner

    WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27: Actress Rashida Jones attends the PEOPLE/TIME Party on the eve of the White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 27, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for People)

  • PEOPLE/TIME Party On The Eve Of The White House Correspondents' Dinner

    WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27: Actor Daniel Dae Kim attends the PEOPLE/TIME Party on the eve of the White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 27, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for People)

  • California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Ne

    California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsome arrives at a red carpet event hosted by Google and the Hollywood Reporter on the eve of the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner in Washington on April 27, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/GettyImages)

  • PEOPLE/TIME Party On The Eve Of The White House Correspondents' Dinner

    WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27: View of atmosphere during the PEOPLE/TIME Party on the eve of the White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 27, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for People)

  • New Yorker Party

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  • New Yorker Party

    Wendy Schultz, Ed Schultz and Valerie Jarrett (Getty)

  • New Yorker Party

    David Remnick and Joe Klein (Getty)

  • New Yorker Party

    Ezra Klein, Amy Davidson and Guest (Getty)

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