2015 White House Correspondents Garden Brunch Coverage

Taya Kyle honored at 2015 Garden Brunch benefiting veterans, military families
“The White House Correspondents’ Dinner is coming up tonight, but things kicked off earlier Saturday in Washington with the 2015 Garden Brunch, which benefits both Blue Star Families and Dog Tag Bakery. Among the honored guests was Taya Kyle, widow of “American Sniper” Chris Kyle, who spoke briefly about the benefits of hiring veterans.”

Political TV Takes the Spotlight at Garden Brunch
“Media figures like Katie Couric, Chris Matthews and Jake Tapper were in the mix with political and legal figures like attorney Ted Olson and FCC chairman Tom Wheeler or showbiz figures like Norman Reedus, Sophie Turner and Alfre Woodard.”

White House Correspondents’ dinner: Hollywood stars dish at D.C. brunch
“The celebrities that swarmed Washington, D.C. this weekend for the dinner weren’t always stuck discussing politics though during the party-filled weekend that brings together the two worlds of entertainment and politics — a weekend where Tammy Haddad, the brunch’s host, said she witnessed National Security Advisor Susan Rice riding in a golf cart with “Homeland”‘s Rupert Friend, who plays a CIA operative in the show.”

White House Correspondents’ Dinner: Tara Lipinski Is Prepared for Anything
“This year, the event has finally put Norman Reedus from The Walking Dead and presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett in the same room.”

Worlds collide at the pre-correspondents’ dinner ‘garden brunch’
“When we said “mashups,” we meant that quite literally. The crowd was so dense that one barely had time to register the VIPs among the cheek-to-jowl throngs. Spotted in the mob: “Scandal” actress Darby Stanchfield, top White House adviser Valerie Jarrett, Tim Daly of “Madam Secretary,” outgoing White House social secretary Jeremy Bernard, CBS “This Morning” co-host Gayle King and “Veep” actor Timothy Simons.”

Trail Talk: Sen. Lindsey Graham and House of Cards’ Beau Willimon

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Veteran TV producers Tammy Haddad and Betsy Fischer Martin present TRAIL TALK, the up close news from the 2016 presidential campaign trail. This inaugural episode of TRAIL TALK features conversations with potential 2016 presidential hopeful Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Beau Willimon, screenwriter and show runner of the Netflix hit political thriller, HOUSE OF CARDS.

Futures episodes will feature strategists, journalists, lawmakers, pollsters and the candidates themselves, exploring what it takes to get elected, how policy decisions are made, and why it matters.

Download the podcast on AudioBoom or iTunes.

Washington Insider Releases First “Trail Talk” Episode

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WASHINGTON INSIDER RELEASES FIRST “TRAIL TALK” EPISODE FEATURING HOUSE OF CARDS’ BEAU WILLIMON AND PRESIDENTIAL-HOPEFUL LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-SC)

CO-HOSTED BY TAMMY HADDAD AND BETSY FISCHER MARTIN

SIRIUS XM TO PREVIEW WASHINGTON INSIDER EPISODES ON ITS P.O.T.U.S. CHANNEL ON SATURDAY, APRIL 25TH AT 9 PM ET

WASHINGTON, DC – April 24, 2015 —  Following on the heels of its debut, WASHINGTON INSIDER, a new podcast channel that looks at how money, power and celebrity drive politics and policy in America’s capital city, has released the inaugural episode of TRAIL TALK.

TRAIL TALK, presented by WASHINGTON INSIDER, is a regular series of political podcasts led by two television news producers that will take listeners behind the scenes and inside the action along the stops of the 2016 presidential campaign. Betsy Fischer Martin, the former longtime executive producer of NBC’s MEET THE PRESS, now an executive in residence at American University’s School of Public Affairs and a contributing editor for MORE Magazine, will co-host TRAIL TALK, along with Tammy Haddad, the creator of WASHINGTON INSIDER and veteran television executive producer behind MSNBC’S election coverage and several shows including HARDBALL, LARRY KING LIVE and the TODAY SHOW.

The first episode of TRAIL TALK features conversations with potential 2016 presidential hopeful Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Beau Willimon, screenwriter and show runner of the Netflix hit political thriller, HOUSE OF CARDS. Futures episodes will feature strategists, journalists, lawmakers, pollsters and the candidates themselves, exploring what it takes to get elected, how policy decisions are made, and why it matters.

TRAIL TALK Episode #1 with Beau Willimon and Sen. Lindsey Graham
HOUSE OF CARDS’ Beau Willimon reflects on power in Washington, Hillary Clinton’s campaign roll-out, protecting Season 4 from hackers, the evolution of Internet television and the future of news. Presidential hopeful Lindsey Graham talks about losing his “wingman” status, his friendship with Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton, his pathway to the GOP nomination and why he doesn’t ever use email.

All of the podcasts can be found on AudioBoom and iTunes under the WASHINGTON INSIDER banner.   Follow updates to TRAIL TALK on Twitter @TrailTalkPod

SIRIUS XM will preview the WASHINGTON INSIDER podcasts on its P.O.T.U.S. channel (#124), on Saturday evening, April 25, at 7:00pm to 9:00pm Eastern, preceding SIRIUS’ coverage of the 2015 White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

SIRIUS XM will air a two-hour block of WASHINGTON INSIDER featuring conversations with:

A Candid History of the White House and the Press
George Condon, White House correspondent for National Journal and unofficial historian of the White House Correspondents’ Association, shares a candid and humorous history of the White House and the press and tells us there used to be more celebrities in the old days.

The Quest for “Vigorous, Adversarial” Coverage of the President
Tribune and L.A Times White House Correspondent Christi Parsons, who also serves as president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, offers a no-holds-barred plea for the urgent need for greater media access to the President and the White House. Parsons also shares how she convinced SNL’s Cecily Strong to perform at the 2015 WHCA Dinner.

Using Celebrity to Drive Policy Change in Washington, D.C.
Tim Daly, star of the CBS drama Madam Secretary, and Robin Bronk, CEO of the Creative Coalition, discuss the important role Hollywood celebrities play in shining a light on policy issues important to them and millions of other Americans while mesmerizing Washingtonians when they join the White House Correspondents weekend activities.

Mixing Hollywood and Washington for Hilarious Results
Actor, director, writer and producer Chris Addison talks about the peril and benefit of creating the hilarious video that teamed U.S. Vice President Joe Biden with Selina Meyer, fictional vice president of HBO’s VEEP, played by comic genius Julia Louis-Dreyfus. The result was a masterpiece that brought down the house at last year’s dinner.

The Role of Race in Covering the White House
April Ryan, a White House correspondent since 1997, Washington bureau chief for American Urban Radio Networks, and author of The Presidency in Black and White, shares her thoughts about covering three presidents and representing those who for too long have been removed from America’s power centers.

Mixing Politics with Comedy to Create the Comedian-in-Chief
Jon Favreau and Jon Lovett, former speechwriters for President Barack Obama and Senator Hillary Clinton – who also helped create the comedic presentations for President Obama at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner – discuss what it takes to make the President the funniest person in the room.

Captain Richard Phillips and the Impact of Accidental Celebrity
Captain Richard Phillips, the hero of the Maersk Alabama hijacking, shares his thoughts on what happened when he attended the White House Correspondents Weekend and was thrust into the media spotlight.

CREDITS
Tammy Haddad, Simon Marks and Betsy Fischer Martin are co-executive producers of WASHINGTON INSIDER’s TRAIL TALK. This programming is a production of Haddad Media, a multi media consulting and production company, and Feature Story News, the world’s largest independent custom news agency, serving television, radio and digital clients from a growing network of global bureaus.

Follow us on the 2016 campaign trail at @TrailTalkPod and get the inside scoop at @WHCInsider and Facebook.com/WHCInsider.

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Washington Times: Trump, Fonda and zombies poised to party at WHCD

“George Condon, the unofficial White House Correspondents’ historian, told me in an interview that the early days of the dinner were much more celebrity-focused. If you were famous and successful, you showed up with Bob Hope or Barbra Streisand,” Tammy Haddad tells Inside the Beltway. She is the veteran TV news executive and CEO of Haddad Media who hosts an annual garden brunch the day of the dinner.”

Read more via Washington Times: Trump, Fonda and zombies poised to party at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Washington Insider: April Ryan and the Role of Race in Covering the White House

What role does race play when covering the White House? April Ryan, a White House correspondent since 1997, Washington Bureau Chief for American Urban Radio Networks, and author of THE PRESIDENCY IN BLACK AND WHITE, has never hesitated to ask presidents the hard questions on race relations in America. Only five generations removed from her ancestors who were slaves – and working in a White House built by slaves – April shares her thoughts about covering three presidents and representing those who for too long have been removed from America’s power centers.

Download the podcast on AudioBoom or iTunes.

Jake Tapper will anchor CNN’s ‘State of the Union’

“Jake Tapper is the next anchor of CNN’s Sunday morning political interview program “State of the Union.”

CNN announced Tapper’s promotion on Friday morning. He will take over the program in June; he’ll remain the channel’s chief Washington correspondent and the anchor of the weekday afternoon newscast “The Lead.”

Read more via CNN: Jake Tapper will anchor CNN’s ‘State of the Union’