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

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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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