RTCA Annual Dinner

The Radio & Television Correspondents’ Association is excited to be back in person again this year celebrating excellence in journalism on Capitol Hill. The annual dinner is set for Wednesday, Oct. 25th at the Anthem in Washington, D.C.

The 2023 Congressional Correspondents’ Dinner will feature comedian Tyler Fischer with performances by The Legwarmers and DJ Ghozt… also featuring plenty of Florida stone crabs, key lime pie and other fun surprises as we celebrate press freedom on Capitol Hill! We’ll journey south and back to the 80s, “Miami Vice” style. Winners from the 2022 year will be recognized at this year’s awards.


Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres begin at 6 p.m. The dinner and program starts at 7:30 p.m.

The party continues all night with DJs and live music and a newly added late night afterparty! Details to come.

For questions and sponsorship info please reach out to RTCAdinner@gmail.com


Tyler Fischer is an actor, stand-up comedian and viral content creator based in NYC. He has performed stand-up on “America’s Got Talent,” guest starred on NBC’s “Chicago Med,” TV Land’s “Younger” and “StartUp” on Netflix. Tyler is known for his viral content with over 200 million views on his online videos. He was named “The Best New Impressionist” by the New York Times and “NY’s Funniest Comedian” at the NY Comedy Festival. He has been on “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” and co-starred alongside Gina Carano in the movie “Terror on the Prairie” on The Daily Wire. Tyler is a regular at the Comedy Cellar and is currently touring his stand-up comedy around the country.


The Ultimate 80s Tribute Band! Remember the Eighties? Sure, we all do…but the Legwarmers don’t just remember the Eighties – they live them. From the Simmons electronic drum kit to the checkered vans and skinny ties – the Legwarmers are the Eighties you remember. Fans have reported leaving shows trapped in character and blaming the Legwarmers for their ill-fated attempts at dancing on the ceiling and their inability to drive 55. The Legwarmers do the songs the way they were meant to be done – with a wink, a smile, and a sound that hits like Aqua Net. With more moves than a Rubik’s Cube, the Legwarmers take the stage like it’s prom night in a John Hughes movie, a very special episode of “Square Pegs” and the Monsters of Rock tour – all at once. So remember: this ain’t no half-assed cover band, this ain’t no disco, this ain’t no fooling around – it’s the Legwarmers.

2023 RTCA award winners will be honored at the dinner

The Radio-Television Correspondents’ Association Executive Committee is thrilled to announce the winners of this year’s awards. These extraordinary journalists will be honored at the RTCA’s annual dinner on October 25th at the Anthem in Washington, D.C.

We thank the panel of judges for their time and consideration of each award and look forward to honoring these deserving award winners at the RTCA dinner.

Joan Shorenstein Barone Award: NBC News’ Frank Thorp V, Sarah Mimms and contributors

The Joan Shorenstein Barone Award honors the memory of the late former executive producer of CBS’ “Face the Nation” and is awarded for excellence in coverage of Capitol Hill.

This year’ winner is NBC News’ Frank Thorp V and Sarah Mimms with contributions from Kyle Stewart, Katie Santaliz and Julie Tsirkin for “Faces of the Investigation: How the House Jan. 6 Committee’s Final Report Came to Be.”

David Bloom Award: CNN

The David Bloom Award honors the memory of the late NBC News Correspondent and is awarded for excellence in enterprise reporting.

This year’s winner is a team of CNN that includes Matthew Chance, Clarissa Ward, Alex Marquardt, Nick Paton Walsh, Michael Holmes, Ben Wedeman, Fred Pleitgen, Nic Robertson, Phil Black, Nima Elbagir, Scott McLean, Sam Kiley, Ivan Watson, Melissa Bell, Atika Shubert, Salma Abdelaziz, Isa Soares, Jason Carroll, Ed Lavandera, Gustavo Valdes, Rafael Romo, Matt Rivers, Miguel Marquez, Randi Kaye, Bianna Golodryga, Sara Sidner, Salma Abdelaziz, Kyung Lah, Ed Lavandera, Erica Hill, Natasha Bertrand and anchors Erin Burnett, Jim Sciutto, Christiane Amanpour, John Vause, John Berman, Jake Tapper, Brianna Keilar, Dana Bash, Anderson Cooper, Isa Soares and Hala Gorani.

CNN’s team of correspondents, anchors and producers spent weeks on the ground covering the build-up of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and breaking news coverage of the first day of the invasion, including bringing viewers live footage from Belgorod, Kyiv, Kharkiv and Odessa.

Jerry Thompson Memorial Award: John Bullard of NBC News

The Jerry Thompson Memorial Award was established by the RTCA Executive Committee in 2012 to honor the late CNN photojournalist and his 25 years of excellence.

Winners are selfless, willing teachers and mentors who consistently reach above and beyond expectations and, like Jerry, are a friend to all.

This year’s honoree is John Bullard of NBC News.

Career Achievement Award for Distinguished Reporting on Congress: Giaco Riggs of NBC News.

The Executive Committee of the Radio-Television Correspondents’ Association is thrilled to announce that Giaco Riggs of NBC News will be awarded the Career Achievement Award at the upcoming RTCA Dinner on October 25th at the Anthem.

NBC News Photojournalist Giaco Riggs is a Capitol Hill institution. From his perch in the Russell Rotunda, Giaco has held court for more than a decade on behalf of NBC News, working with correspondents, producers, reporters, press aides, chiefs of staff and of course countless lawmakers. There are very few members of the Senate that are not on a first name basis with Giaco, who greets them each with a warm smile while helping them prepare for their live interviews. While Giaco is beloved on the NBC team, he makes a point to support, help and mentor journalists from every organization who work at the Capitol.

Giaco’s career in journalism spans more than 40 years. A Washington, DC native, he attended Virginia Union University in Richmond, a Historically Black College and University. He immediately launched a career in story telling working for small news outlets like the Potomac News Service and the Broadcast News Service. He eventually went national, landing a job at CNN. That job took him around the world. He covered multiple White Houses starting with the Reagan Administration, traveled to Afghanistan to cover the historic meeting between Hamid Karzai and President George W. Bush after 9/11 and was in Germany to see the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Giaco’s proudest achievement is his loving family. He has been married for 34 years. He and his wife have two children, and he has a grandson whom he adores and of whom every U.S. Senator has seen a picture.

Get pumped! Here’s images from just one of our past, fabulous dinners: