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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

My Link to Muhammad Ali Through Parkinson's

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2016 | 8:02 PM

My Link to Muhammad Ali Through Parkinson's, by Connie Lawn
June 4, 2016
I never met Muhammad Ali, but we were linked together in an important and deadly way, through Parkinson's disease. I have suffered with the disease for five years and counting. For the millions of us...

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#TalkToMe: My Son Interviews Me

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2016 | 5:28 PM

I was interviewed by my son for a #TalkToMe feature. Please share if you like.

Nearly 50 years...

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World Affairs Council Promotes Global Education

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2016 | 11:10 AM

World Affairs Council Promotes Global Education
By Connie Lawn, March 29, 2010

Washington is a wonderful city which combines the best attributes of generosity, society, and glamor. A good example of that took place on Tuesday night, March 29, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington. The World...

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Jason Rezaian Welcomed at the National Press Club

(0) Comments | Posted March 15, 2016 | 12:00 AM

I have never been so proud of my journalism profession in my life! Several hundred reporters, diplomats, and politicians celebrated the release and return of Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian. The former Iranian bureau chief was held in a brutal Tehran prison for 545 days. He was unjustly accused of...

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Bucket List Added to at Liberty Mountain Resort

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2016 | 3:07 PM

Bucket List added to at Liberty Mountain Resort
Connie Lawn, February 28 2016

On a beautiful warm and sunny afternoon, I rode a "bucket" down Liberty Mountain in Carroll Valley , Fairfield Pennsylvania. Actually I was helped into a sitski by adaptive ski instructor Mike Caselle and this experience...

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Hospice: My Journey Continues

(2) Comments | Posted February 9, 2016 | 10:54 AM

"Make the Most of Every Moment." That is the slogan printed on a blue rubber wrist band given to me by my new friends at Capital Caring Hospice. I proudly wear the bracelet and am struggling to make the most out of my remaining time on earth. I also like...

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Blizzard: The Day My Dentist Extracted Me From the Snow

(2) Comments | Posted January 25, 2016 | 3:02 PM

Monday was a beautiful snow day for Washington, D.C. It was also beautiful for the suburbs, if you had the right attitude. We are blessed to live in Lake Barcroft, Virginia -- a seven mile lake and community about a 20 minute drive from the White House, when it is...

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We Are All French

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 3:45 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 | 10:21 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 | 4:58 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 | 1:39 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 | 10:36 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 | 8:23 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 19, 2015 | 11:26 PM

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 | 4:05 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 | 11:10 AM

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 | 3:40 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 | 12:00 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 | 2:48 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 | 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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