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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

You Can Do It Too

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 11:56 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 | 1:10 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 | 2:25 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 | 1:47 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 | 2:27 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 | 4:45 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 | 10:37 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 | 1:05 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 | 10:49 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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Electronic Communication Leaks -- One Company's Fight to Devise Protection

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 1:49 AM

We all know data breaches are immensely costly to individuals, businesses, and national security. The White House says cyber security is one of the major problems facing this country. The Secret Service is presently investigating a widespread breach at Home Depot. After the photos of nude celebrities came out due...

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The Fight to Save the Sequoia

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 3:34 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 | 9:57 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 | 1:00 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 | 3:53 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 | 6:24 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 | 6:40 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 | 11:06 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 | 4:26 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 | 11:19 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 | 8:23 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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