The AP’s Jim Kuhnhenn, Washington Press Club Foundation President, has announced that Mika Brzezinksi (the hardest name to spell outside of Stephanopoulos) and Joe Scarborough of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” fame will emcee the Washington Press Club Foundation dinner on Feb. 10.
The congressional speakers are: Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.). Their speeches shouldn’t be boring — as those who have attended know, this is when they get to skewer the opposing political party and no feelings are spared.
“Scarborough was our first ask,” said Kuhnhenn. “Didn’t approach anyone else to MC.”
See Kuhnhenn’s announcement after the jump…
Scarborough and Brzezinski kick off Washington’s “prom season.”
MSNBC morning co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski are taking their show on the road, teaming up as masters of ceremony for the Washington Press Club Foundation’s 66th annual Congressional Dinner to be held Feb. 10 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel .
For Joe and Mika, this will be the equivalent of a different time zone, but they’ve agreed to stay up beyond their bedtimes.
Scarborough brings his crossover credentials as a former member of Congress who has found happiness in the news media. Brzezinski brings her broadcast experience and the perspective of a journalist who encourages young women to pursue their career goals while balancing their personal and professional lives.
Together they offer the ideal chemistry to a dinner that is a break from the daily sparring on Capitol Hill and a celebration of the women journalists who fought for a professional foothold 50 years ago and founded the Women’s National Press Club, the precursor to the Washington Press Club Foundation.
The night’s featured speakers are Representative Mike Pence of Indiana and Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri.
The Congressional Dinner is the major fundraising event supporting the work of the WPCF. Originally an event hosted by the Women’s National Press Club, it remains the place for those who make the laws and those who cover them to share an evening of good-natured fun. Funds from the event help important journalism initiatives including oral history projects documenting pioneering female reporters and annual summer internships in Washington bureaus to foster diversity in newsrooms.
At the dinner, the Foundation will honor former Washington Post columnist Dorothy Gilliam with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Gilliam was a trailblazer for women and minorities in the media. The first black woman to report for The Washington Post, she founded the PostÂ’s young Journalist Development Program and the George Washington University Prime Movers program.
The Foundation will also announce the winner of the annual David Lynch award, which recognizes excellence in coverage of Congress from a regional perspective.