CNN goes global to wrap up Correspondents’ Weekend
CNN’s top talent hosted reporters and political figures for the post-pandemic return of the cable network’s “Political Hangover” brunch to end White House Correspondents’ Weekend.
The brunch took place at AutoShop, a former body shop turned event space in DC’s Union Market neighborhood.
The post-industrial brick and concrete building was adorned with an eclectic mix of decors symbolizing the network’s global reach and matching the variety of local street foods from around the world offered to revelers.
CNN’s Jake Tapper, Dana Bash, Jim Acosta, Brian Stelter, Don Lemon, Melanie Zanona, Priscilla Álvarez, Daniella Díaz, Melissa Macaya and Maegan Vázquez were among the network’s talents at the event.
New CNN president Chris Licht, who begins his new job on Monday, also mingled with the guests.
The crowd included Ron Bonjean of ROKK Solutions and his wife Sara, Natalie Montelongo of the White House and two top Senate communications directors, Vanessa Valdivia with Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Calif) and Katherine Schneider with Sen. Ben Ray Luján ( DN.M.).
Hangover Brunch lives up to its name with a Bloody Mary station, as well as an Aperol Spritz bar and cafe that serves lattes adorned with the CNN logo.
Food choices included Peruvian Brothers from Union Market and Ramen from Uzu.
Guests also lined up for the Amezaiku – the Japanese candy sculpture – by artist Candy5, which turned photos of guests’ pets into edible figurines.
The figurines quickly became a must-have accessory for anyone in the room with a front jacket pocket, including Tapper, who proudly displayed likenesses of his dogs Winston and Clementine.