Relationships between politicians and the media who cover them have been tested throughout history, but on Wednesday, September 20, in the National Press Club’s historic ballroom, fun and friendly competition, states NPC, will prevail as lawmakers and reporters compete in the “uproariously entertaining” Press vs. Politicians Spelling Bee.
Confirmed contestants representing the politicians are 2019 champion Rep. Chris Pappas (D-NH), Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Rep. Ashley Hinson (R-IA), and Rep. Hillary Scholten (D-MI).Those confirmed in the press corner are defending champion Amy Wang, National Political Reporter for The Washington Post; Catalina Camia, Deputy News Director at Bloomberg Industry Group; Mark Walker, Investigative Reporter at The New York Times; James Graff, Justice and Judiciary Editor at The Wall Street Journal; and Fawn Johnson, News Director at Bloomberg Industry Group.
National Press Club President Eileen O’Reilly of Axios will serve as the host of this year’s Bee, while Dr. Jacques Bailly, the Scripps National Spelling Bee’s official pronouncer and 1980 winner of their competition, will officiate. They also will be joined by Spellebrity judge and 2023 Bee Champion Dev Shah.