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Connie Lawn
Nearly 50 years in the White House! That is a long time, and independent reporter Connie Lawn attempts to condense it in a pod cast on the website of the National Press Club. She is a contributing blogger for HuffingtonPost, which she says is her most important outlet.

Connie Lawn is now launching the fourth update of her autobiography, called "You Wake Me Each Morning - the Final Chapter." It tells of her struggles running an independent news bureau. She also discusses some major highlights. They include one of the last interviews with Bobby Kennedy moments before he was shot in Los Angeles in 1968; beatings in Chicago during the 1968 Democratic Convention; the Russian invasion of Czechoslovakia, where she stayed for several months; the 1982 Israeli incursion into Lebanon (where she was briefly kidnapped); and the years of reporting from the White House and other venues. She also says her proudest moment was a meeting with Nelson Mandela who said he listened to her in jail and her reports "gave his people hope." He then picked her up and said "you are not as big as I thought you were!"

Connie received a Lifetime Achievement Award from New Zealand in 2006 and was appointed an Honorary Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, from Queen Elizabeth, in 2012.

Connie was born in Long Branch, New Jersey, in 1944. She is married to Dr. Charles Sneiderman and has two sons, David and Daniel Rappaport.

Entries by Connie Lawn

We Are All French

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 4:45 PM

"We are all French" and "Vive La France" - that was part of the mantra at the White House during this extraordinary week. Millions of people around the world were saddened and angered by the ISIS attack in Paris, as we were 10 months earlier, during the killings at Charlie...

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My Journey With Hospice Care

(1) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 11:21 AM

I have had a fantastic, exciting, and fulfilling life, and I hope it can continue. But at the age of 71 I now have something the doctors call Parkinson's Plus. They haven't figured out what the "plus" is, but I have always done everything in a big way.


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America Abroad Media Awards - A Salute to Films and the Clandestine Services

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2015 | 5:58 PM

This year's third Awards dinner honored four people for their remarkable work in films.

The emotional tribute was to the real heroes of the film Argo - Tony Mendez and his wife, Jonna, as well as Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor. Sadly, the Ambassador had planned to attend the award ceremony,...

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Australian Embassy hosts American Wounded Warriors -Oct. 16, 2015

(0) Comments | Posted October 19, 2015 | 2:39 PM

From Connie Lawn and Charles Sneiderman

Long live the great friendship between Australia and the United States! That friendship was celebrated again, when the military staff of the Australian Embassy in Washington organized a Friday night buffet dinner and entertainment for wounded US service members, most of whom came in...

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The Capitol Steps - Superb Political Satire

(0) Comments | Posted July 26, 2015 | 11:36 AM

So Vladimir Putin checks in at the Ukraine. A guard asks his name and he gives it. Then Putin is asked "occupation?" No Putin says, "just a visit." The Capitol Steps have tons of jokes like this - some vocally and most sung beautifully in well known tunes. The audience...

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Inside Professor Obama's News Conference

(3) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 9:23 AM

The rare East Room news conference was about a crucial topic -- the Iran nuclear deal and efforts to prevent a nuclear weapons build up in the Mideast. But this was not a news conference in the traditional sense; it was rigid and managed -- the way this administration likes...

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'Book of Mormon' Returns to Kennedy Center

(4) Comments | Posted June 20, 2015 | 12:26 AM

Book of Mormon returns to Kennedy Center

By Connie Lawn, June 20, 2015

I will never look at Mormon missionaries the same way, the next time they come to my door. I know they are not like the ones in the Tony award winning show. In some ways, that...

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Reflections on Books and Promotion

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2015 | 5:05 PM

I believe passionately that everyone should write a book or an account of their life. It is their legacy, and is important to their family and loved ones. Everyone has a story to tell! In this digital age, it is possible to write and to self-publish through any of the...

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National Women's History Museum

(1) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 12:10 PM

There may be a women's history museum on the Washington Mall, if some powerful and generous people have their way. But Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney told me recently, the timing and location have yet to be determined. In the meantime, preparations, lobbying, and fundraising go on with intensity.

One recent fundraising...

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Glamor, Glitz, Terrorism, and Scandal

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 4:40 PM

This is the week of the White House Correspondents Dinner, which honors the president, the press corps, and thousands of hangers on. But President Obama has already rained on his own parade and demonstrated the real seriousness of leadership. At 10 in the morning on Thursday, President Obama made a...

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Hospice - A Celebration of Life at the French Embassy

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 1:00 AM

The Hospice Movement exists to help people in their last stages of life. People in the Hospice Movement are caring and self-sacrificing. Who knew they could also have a sense of fun?

A rollicking fundraising party was held at the French Embassy on Saturday night, April 11th. The theme was...

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'Nerd Prom' -- Behind the Scenes of the White House Correspondents Dinner

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 3:48 PM

A premier of a very unusual documentary was held on April 9 at the E Street Cinema in Washington, D.C. It is called "Nerd Prom-the Movie" and is a detailed documentary of the behind-the-scenes hoopla surrounding the White House Correspondents Association Dinner, which has now grown to a week of...

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A Celebration of the Life and Career of Richard C. Hottelet

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 3:01 PM

Great men and women still exist in journalism, but many of the greatest generation are dying out. An example of this was a memorial service held on March 21, 2015 for the great CBS newsman Richard C. Hottelet. He was the last of the Murrow Boys -- chosen and trained...

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Global Women Power at Washington, D.C.'s Willard Hotel

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 8:32 PM

Did you know President Obama has a grandmother living in Kenya? In honor of UN's International Woman's Day, GB Group Global presented leadership awards to extraordinary global women. The first award went to Mama Sarah Obama. A poignant film was shown about the work of the Mama Sarah Obama Foundation...

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Preserving the Phoenician Heritage of Tyre Against the Latest Threats in the Middle East

(1) Comments | Posted February 28, 2015 | 9:17 AM

Co-authored with Charles Sneiderman

At a press conference at the National Press Club on February 27, 2015, representatives of the American Committee for Tyre appealed for urgent protection of the archeological sites, historical treasures, and works of art in this city, a UNESCO World Heritage site in modern day Lebanon....

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North Korean Human Rights Violations Described

(0) Comments | Posted February 15, 2015 | 11:36 PM

By Connie Lawn and Charles Sneiderman

The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Center for Justice and Human Rights and the Worldwide Coalition to Stop Genocide in North Korea hosted a discussion in Washington D.C. on Friday, February 13, 2015, with three North Koreans former political prisoners who have become activists....

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Wintergreen Wounded Warrior Adaptive Weekend

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 11:50 AM

This post was co-authored with Charles Sneiderman.

This is the 11th annual Wounded Warrior Weekend at Wintergreen, Virginia. My husband Charles and I have attended many of them over the years at this and numerous other resorts. The skiers, snowboarders, and instructors keep getting better and stronger. Many of the...

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Middle East Turmoil

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 9:41 PM

Middle East Turmoil, January 22, 2015
By Connie Lawn

There is always turmoil in the Mid East but at this time three major developments have broken at the same time. In Saudi Arabia 91-year-old King Abdullah has died. He was a strict adherent of Sharia law, but had also...

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Iran and Israel - International Pawns

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 2:41 PM

The leaders of Israel and Iran have tense relations and they are likely to be exacerbated in the wake of a move by House Speaker John Boehner. He invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to visit Washington and address a Joint Session of Congress on February the 11th. The issues...

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Bros in Need - President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron

(0) Comments | Posted January 18, 2015 | 12:43 AM

The East Room News Conference between the leaders of the United States and the United Kingdom was one of the most important and somber I have attended in over 47 years of reporting. It dramatized the major threats facing the world in this era of fanatical terrorism. President Obama and...

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