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BOLD NAMES IN TECH, POLITICS AND JOURNALISM GATHER FOR EIGHTH ANNUAL BYTES & BYLINES WHCD RECEPTION IN WASHINGTON WITH GLAAD, EVER/BODY AND TOWN & COUNTRY
- Last updated: May 24, 2023
The event featured appearances by: Chasten Buttigieg, Vocalist Tona Brown, NBCUniversal’s Cesar Conde, U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Norah O’Donnell and more
WASHINGTON D.C. (April 28, 2023) – Bytes & Bylines, the annual gathering of technology, media and political leaders, on the eve of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner Weekend, took place Thursday, April 27, 2023 at the Residence of Ireland. This year’s event was co-hosted by entrepreneurs, mediaites, and politicos Allen Gannett, Eric Kuhn, Susanna Quinn, Sarah Kate Ellis, Shua Goodwin, and Adam Rathe. GLAAD, Ever/Body, and Town & Country were the official sponsors.
In 2015, Ireland became the first country globally to legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote. In recognition of Ireland’s ability to make a national shift from historically conservative attitudes to a more inclusive and welcoming posture and place for all backgrounds, the Residence of Ireland in the United States is proud to host the annual Bytes & Bylines reception, in the spirit of accelerating acceptance for LGBTQ people and issues in the United States.
The invitation-only reception gathered industry and thought leaders from across the country with the goal of underscoring the importance of the First Amendment and journalism, from entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 C-Suite executives, journalists from all levels of media, to elected official and civil servants, along with actors and celebrities in town for the WHCA Dinner. A donation was also made to the White House Correspondents’ Association.
Red Carpet arrivals courtesy of Getty Images for GLAAD can be found HERE.
Reception photos including special remarks courtesy of Getty Images for GLAAD can be found HERE.
A snapshot of this year’s attendees included: CNN’s Jim Acosta, Axios’ Mike Allen, American Hospital Association’s Robyn Bash, Actress Jennifer Beal, W.H. Sr. Advisor of Public Engagement Hannah Bristol, Vocalist Tona Brown, Sec. of Education Miguel Cardona, Chasten Buttigieg, Bedrock Manufacturing Company CEO Awenate Cobbina, NBCUniversal News Group Chairman Cesar Conde, CBS’ Nancy Cordes, Charlotte Clymer, Fmr. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Ny.), Precision Strategies’ Stephanie Cutter, Actor and Activist Yuval David, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information April Delaney, Fmr. Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.), Actor Nik Dodani, CNN’s Matt Dornic, CBS’ Major Garrett, Barry’s CEO Joey Gonzalez, Ruben Gonzalez, ABC News’ Jonathan Greenberger, Dept. of State Senior Advisor Reggie Greer, FOX News’ Jennifer Griffin, CBS’ Weija Jiang, W.H. Office Legislative Affairs Ashley Jones, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Mn.), W.H. Deputy Cabinet Sec. Dan Koh, W.H. Communications Director Ben LaBolt, Washington Blade’s Michael Lavers, Dept. of Commerce’s Jonathan Lovitz, CNN’s Alex Marquardt, W.H. Sr. Advisor John McCarthy, NBC4 Washington’s Tommy McFly, Creative Director Amanda McClements, W.H. Office of Political Strategy & Outreach’s Natalie Montelongo, GLAAD’s Tony Morrison, PBS’ Amna Nawaz, CBS’ Norah O’Donnell, CBS’ Ed O’Keefe, USA Today’s David Oliver, General Motors’ Missy Owens, Heather Podesta, Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Il.), Independent Journalist and Influencer Erin Reed, MSNBC Editorial VP Jesse Rodriguez, Political Strategist Hilary Rosen, Washington Post’s Philip Rucker, W.H. Cabinet Sec. Evan Ryan, National Geographic VP of Talent Chad Sandaus, Recording Artist JP Saxe, Journalist and Host V Spehar, Personal Aide to the President Jacob Spreyer, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Ca.), Office of the VP’s Adam Topper, Autumn Vandehei, NBC’s Kristen Welker, CNN’s Jeff Zeleny W.H. Deputy Communications Director Herbie Ziskend, among others.
About the Co-Hosts:
Allen Gannet is a tech investor and author of The Creative Curve.
Eric Kuhn is a media entrepreneur and three-time Tony award winning theater producer.
Shua Goodwin is the Chair of Membership for Capital Pride Alliance, Washington, DC WorldPride 2025.
Susanna Quinn is the former founder and CEO of Veluxe, now a consultant and philanthropist.
Sarah Kate Ellis is the President & CEO of GLAAD.
Adam Rathe is the Deputy Features Director for Town & Country.
About Bytes & Bylines: Bytes & Bylines is an annual party kicking off the White House Correspondents Weekend. The event brings together leading innovators in technology, influential policy makers and the top minds in media for an intimate gathering. Previous sponsors have included NPR, Tumblr, The Information and Cheddar.
About Ever/Body: Ever/Body is transforming the cosmetic dermatology industry with a first-of-its kind approach that combines an unparalleled standard of medical expertise with a modern, luxury experience. Ever/Body prioritizes personalized, results-driven treatment plans tailored to any age, skin tone, body type, and gender. Its proprietary technology and best-in-class provider education program ensure a seamless client experience, from appointment scheduling to pre- and post-treatment care.
Ever/Body opened its first location in 2019 and has since expanded to 10 centers across the East Coast, with additional new market openings planned for the near future. The company is part of the Redesign Health portfolio.
About Town & Country: Town & Country (www.
About GLAAD: GLAAD rewrites the script for LGBTQ acceptance. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. GLAAD protects all that has been accomplished and creates a world where everyone can live the life they love. For more information, please visit www.glaad.org or connect with GLAAD on Facebook and Twitter.
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