White House Correspondents Dinner Hires Historian, Not Comedian, as 2019 Speaker


The White House Correspondents’ Association Announced Author Ron Chernow Will Be The Featured Speaker At Its 2019 Dinner, Breaking With The Tradition Of Featuring A Comedian At The Annual Event.

“I’m delighted that Ron will share his lively, deeply researched perspectives on American politics and history at the 2019 White House Correspondents’ Dinner,” Olivier Knox, the president of the WHCA, said in a statement. “As we celebrate the importance of a free and independent news media to the health of the republic, I look forward to hearing Ron place this unusual moment in the context of American history.”

“The White House Correspondents’ Association has asked me to make the case for the First Amendment and I am happy to oblige. Freedom of the press is always a timely subject and this seems like the perfect moment to go back to basics. My major worry these days is that we Americans will forget who we are as a people and historians should serve as our chief custodians in preserving that rich storehouse of memory,” said Chernow. “While I have never been mistaken for a stand-up comedian, I promise that my history lesson won’t be dry.” – READ MORE

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