The first Congressional Correspondents Dinner (formerly known as the Radio & TV correspondents dinner) was held last night in Washington, DC.
NBC’s Richard Engel, who was not at the dinner as he’s reporting from Libya, won the David Bloom Award for Excellence in Enterprise Reporting. Bloom, an anchor and correspondent for NBC News, died of an embolism in Iraq in 2003. His daughters presented the award to NBC DC bureau chief Antoine Sanfuentes who was Bloom’s producer when he was NBC’s White House correspondent.
ABC’s Jonathan Karl was awarded the Joan S. Barone Award for Excellence in Washington-based National Affairs/Public Policy Broadcasting.
Playbook’s Mike Allen thought Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) was the funniest speaker:
This is all being broadcast on C-SPAN 3, so TENS of Americans will see this. Down at the CNN table, they’re saying, ‘TENS!? What’s their secret?’