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Connie Lawn is "The Skiing White House Reporter." She has been writing about skiing, snowboarding, and wounded warrior events for over 15 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, The Final Chapter.

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

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

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 2:01 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 | 7:32 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 | 8:17 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 | 10:36 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 | 10:50 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 | 8:41 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 | 1:41 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 17, 2015 | 11:43 PM

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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White House Falls on Its Sword While Millions Show Unity

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 3:40 PM

White House Spokesman Josh Earnest "manned up" in the Monday briefing. On a cold, rainy, miserable day he admitted the administration should have sent higher level representation to the historic rally in Paris Sunday. 44 Heads of State risked their lives. Many marched arm and arm. They were high-risk targets...

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Je Suis Charlie -- I am Charlie

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 11:09 AM

"I am Charlie." This is the new rallying cry of many who stand up for press freedom and who support the French people. France did not deserve the ruthless, deadly attack on the satirical magazine "Charlie Hebdo." Journalists and political cartoonists do not deserve to be shot, tortured, or beheaded...

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Cuba: A Small Role in Improving Relations

(1) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 3:21 PM

Sometimes people can change the course of history by being in the right place at the right time. This was my fortunate experience in helping to change America's 54 year old policy towards Cuba.

I am so happy Alan Gross is back home after five years in a Cuban jail....

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You Can Do It Too

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 10:56 AM

2014-12-15-SKU000984263_COVER.jpgThis post is excerpted from Connie Lawn's You Wake Me Each Morning: The Final Chapter, published by iUniverse.

As the news business has matured -- and I along with it -- it has become rougher in many ways. At...

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The Mud of Washington

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 12:10 PM

2014-12-15-SKU000984263_COVER.jpgThis post is excerpted from Connie Lawn's You Wake Me Each Morning: The Final Chapter, published by iUniverse.

It was the summer of 1968, and I must have looked strange, even by sixties standards, in my gleaming white hard...

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Cultural Festival at the National Press Club

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 1:25 PM

"The National Press Club is a place where culture, as well as news, happens." That was the proclamation from Club President Myron Belkind, as he introduced a spirited International Cultural Evening. There were speeches of course -- newspeople, politicians, and diplomats have to talk. But there were also magnificent musical...

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America Abroad Media - October 30, 2014

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 12:47 AM

I have attended thousands of events in the nearly 50 years I have been honored to cover Washington DC and the world. One of the more interesting ones took place at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium on October 30th. It was an interfaith and inter cultural event sponsored by America...

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White House Correspondents' Association Honors Reporters and Seeks Access

(0) Comments | Posted October 26, 2014 | 1:27 PM

This is not your Father's White House Correspondents' Association. This one has teeth! Under the leadership of President Christi Parsons and her Board, there is no hesitation about taking on the President and his staff. They are fighting to gain more access from the White House, and convey the truth...

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Australia Welcomes Wounded Warriors October 17 2014 by Connie Lawn

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 3:45 PM

The Australian Embassy in Washington D.C. honors the troops which have fought side by side through so many wars. Now the two countries are closer than ever in war and security. We are truly mates!

On a recent Friday night, about 140 Servicemen and their families gathered at the Embassy...

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Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research Comes to Washington, D.C.

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 9:37 AM

A very important and meaningful event was held Sunday at the Washington Hilton. Over 700 people came to the hotel to attend an all day event sponsored by the Michael J. Fox Foundation. It was called "Partners in Parkinson's - Discover the Benefits of Team."

It was extremely beneficial for...

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Update to When My Office is a Target

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 12:05 PM

Once again there has been a breach of security at the White House, and this one could have been serious. A 42 year old man with a three and a half inch knife jumped the White House fence and bolted 70 yards across the North Lawn to the front of...

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When My Office Is a Target -- Reflections From a Veteran White House Reporter

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 9:49 AM

Once again there has been a breach of security at the White House, and this one could have been serious. A 42-year-old man with a 3.5 inch knife jumped the White House fence and bolted 70 yards across the North Lawn to the front of the White House. He found...

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