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Connie Lawn is "The Skiing White House Reporter." She has been writing about skiing, snowboarding, and wounded warrior events for 13 years. Her husband Dr. Charles Sneiderman, takes the photos and is the technical advisor. Connie is still a White House reporter for stations and blogs around the world. She has been covering the White House and the world since 1968. This makes her the longest-serving White House reporter. Many of her adventures are recounted in her book, You Wake Me Each Morning, 2010 Edition.

Connie has been appointed an Honorary Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to New Zealand-U.S. Relations. She was also awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Press Club of New Zealand. And she had a champion race horse named after her in that fine country!

Connie was born in Long Branch, New Jersey, and has lived in the Washington D.C. region since 1967.

Entries by Connie Lawn

The Fight to Save the Sequoia

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 2:34 PM

The Sequoia is a majestic and handsome yacht which is an important piece of American History. Life changing historic events have taken place on the Sequoia from the Hoover Administration through to the Carter Administration. Some of the most dramatic events took place when Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, John F....

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White House Correspondents Association Has New President

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 8:57 AM

The White House Correspondents Association has developed a sharper set of teeth over the years. It is no longer simply an elite organization which plans for the fancy dinner and parties in the spring. It is also a watchdog organization which fights for transparency, access to the president and his...

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Pacific Day and Night

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 12:00 AM

The New Zealand Embassy in Washington D.C. always hosts interesting programs, but this year's annual Pacific Day and Night was the best ever! New Zealand Ambassador Mike Moore and his staff landed some major coups. The lead speakers were US Secretary of State John Kerry, followed by New Zealand Prime...

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Iraqi Crisis June 19, 2014

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 2:53 PM

President Obama came to the White House press room to announce he is sending up to 300 more U.S. soldiers to Iraq to help with intelligence and security for Americans in that war-torn country. This indicates they are Special Operations soldiers. He says they are not meant to be used...

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Passing the Torch

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 5:24 PM

It is the waning days of the Obama Administration, and top staff members are leaving. The surprise announcement came Friday, May the 30th. President Obama stopped the regular briefing, to announce his Press Secretary, Jay Carney, was resigning. He would be replaced by Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest. President Obama...

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President Obama's News Conference

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 5:40 PM

On a sunny Thursday afternoon, President Obama had one of his rare, unscheduled news conferences. It was his first solo one since December, although he held several with other leaders on his latest trip to Europe and Saudi Arabia. The president gives speeches -- not concise answers. He called on...

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Lost American Films Found in New Zealand, April, 2014

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 10:06 PM

Some classic, silent American films were preserved by collectors in New Zealand. Thanks to their frugality and sense of history, the films can be seen by the world. I attended a recent viewing at the Motion Picture Association of America studio in Washington DC. The film was a 1927 picture,...

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Awareness of Parkinson's Disease

(0) Comments | Posted April 6, 2014 | 3:26 PM

April is Parkinson's Awareness Month. It is also a time for awareness of other causes and diseases. I am constantly aware of Parkinson's, however, since I was diagnosed with its symptoms three years ago, when I was 67. It is not as bad as cancer, ALS, PTSD or a host...

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Washington's Winter Wonderland Wanes

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 10:19 AM

It is hard to believe one of the best snow seasons ever may be drawing to a close. It is especially hard to believe as I write this, while tons of beautiful snow are falling and draping the trees, yards, cars, and roads. But this fantasy land will end soon,...

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'3 Mile Limit'

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 7:23 AM

A brilliant New Zealand film was screened Friday night in Washington, D.C. It is called "3 Mile Limit" and is based on the true story of the fight to get independent radio onto the airwaves. It was screened before an enthusiastic audience at the Washington, D.C. Independent Film Festival. Before...

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Dance for Joy and Health

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 6:30 PM

I am not a dancer -- I am a clumsy reporter! At the age of 70, I also have Parkinson's Disease, but I still struggle to work, and have been covering the White House and the world since l968. Several things have helped me to keep going. They include terrific...

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The National Press Club Reaches the World

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2014 | 2:51 PM

The National Press Club in Washington, D.C. has long reached out to the world. Now that is more true than ever. A gala inauguration party was held Saturday night for Myron Belkind, the l07th President. He serves for this year.

Myron has long worked with the Associated Press, where...

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Snowsports for Disabled Athletes -- Liberty and Whitetail Mountain Resorts, Pennsylvania

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 7:52 AM

We had a marvelous day skiing on Martin Luther King Day -- traditionally one of the busiest ski and snowboard days of the year. But the snow was perfect, the weather was warm, and the many thousands of people, from numerous countries, skied in control and showed respect for those...

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Snow Tubing at Liberty Mountain Resort, December 27, 2013

(0) Comments | Posted December 29, 2013 | 4:03 PM

It is sometimes said we in the Washington DC area spin around in circles and accomplish nothing. If that is true, we can at least have fun and excitement in the process. One great way to do so is to go to the mountains and snow tube. We chose Liberty...

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Arab-American Day

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 9:01 PM

Most Arab Americans are proud to be in the United States, while they are also proud of and loyal to their heritage. About 400 gathered together to celebrate the Second Arab-American Day. It was held at the Ronald Reagan Building and Trade Center, and was hosted by Ambassador Dr. Mohammed...

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Thirteen Is a Lucky Number -- for Snow Lovers

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2013 | 9:21 AM

For the first time in 13 years, those of us who love snow sports could ski or ride in November in the areas closest to Washington, D.C. They are three resorts owned by Snow Time, Inc. -- Liberty Mountain, Whitetail, and Roundtop. The resorts are also owned by Irv Naylor...

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National Press Club Tribute to Helen Thomas

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2013 | 9:14 AM

Several hundred people jammed the National Press Club on Saturday morning, October 5th, to pay tribute to the groundbreaking journalist Helen Thomas. She was born on the 4th of August, l920 and died on July the 20th. Many of the friends and relatives in attendance agreed, this was one of...

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USS Sequoia Cruises to Washington Navy Yard

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 7:26 AM

2013-09-24-SequoiaWashNavyYard92313.JPGA very special moment of silence was held on board the former presidential yacht Sequoia on September 23. As we approached the Navy Yard, the yacht slowed down and turned to shore. We prayed silently for those who had been killed...

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Memorial Lunch for Helen Thomas

(3) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 1:06 PM

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"Helen's Table" at Mama Ayeshas (Photo by Neshan Naltchayan)


Helen Thomas is still admired and respected by many, even by those of us who disagreed with her strident views on Israel. We had been friends since I entered the White House...

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Visit to Holocaust Memorial Museum

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2013 | 12:25 PM

As journalists and associates, we cannot ignore the serious developments of the past and present. An example of that was shown on Friday, June l4, when a group from the International Correspondents Committee, part of the National Press Club, paid a visit to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. It is...

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