After a brief break from cable news and Washington D.C. life, Greta Van Susteren is back to making her presence known in the nation’s capital in 2017. The host of MSNBC’s For the Record will appear on Meet the Press this weekend, and was just named master of ceremonies for the Washington Press Club Foundation’s 73rd Annual Congressional Dinner, which takes place at the Ritz-Carlton, Washington D.C. on March 1st.
The WPCF congressional dinner is the organization’s major fundraising event which brings together lawmakers and political journalists for a night of hi-jinks, roasts, standup comedy routines, and more.
Funds from the event help journalism initiatives including oral history projects documenting the work of female reporters and annual internships in Washington bureaus to foster diversity in newsrooms.
“While I appreciate listening to smart men on television and working alongside many of them, as both a feminist and a female journalist, it’s important to me to see women on air and in all facets of journalism,” Van Susteren told TVNewser. “I’m honored to serve as Master of Ceremonies for this year’s Washington Press Club Foundation’s annual Congressional Dinner because I believe in the foundation’s history of working to support women in this field as well as the work they do today to promote equality and diversity in the industry. When I started my career as a lawyer, there weren’t a lot of women in the professional class and it’s important to me that everyone is given every opportunity to succeed.”
Veteran CBS News correspondent Bill Plante served as master of ceremonies for last year’s soiree, which included the legendary “my party’s gone batsh*t crazy” rant given by Sen. Lindsey Graham: