Connie Lawn, a longtime radio and broadcast reporter who covered the White House, passed away on Monday at her home in Falls Church, Virginia. She was 73
Lawn had been battling a rare form of Parkinson’s disease, according to her husband, Dr. Charles Sneiderman.
Lawn’s White House career began during the waning days of Lyndon B. Johnson’s administration and ended during the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency.
One thing that made Lawn’s career unique was the fact that she spent the majority of her 50-year career without the support of an established media company.
She created an independent news service called Audio Video News, where she was the only employee and worked for many different clients such as the BBC, Radio New Zealand, and the USA Radio Network.
She created her own company to have the freedom to pursue the stories she was interested in and maintain independence.
According to Ann Compton, a longtime White House correspondent for ABC News, Lawn was “ever-present, and ever supportive,” of her fellow reporters.
“There are some flaky figures on the press corps fringe, but Connie wasn’t a flake. She was a character, but decent and kind to everyone,” said Compton.
The last press briefing she attended was on December 14, 2017.
Constance Ellen Lawn was born on May 14, 1944, in Long Branch, New Jersey to Howard Lawn, a lawyer, and Pearl Bergman, a chemist and homemaker.
Her first marriage, to Steve Rappaport, Ended in divorce. She married Dr. Sneiderman in 2000.
In addition to her husband, Lawn is survived by two sons from her first marriage, Daniel and David, two grandchildren, as well as a brother, Richard Lawn.
We ask for prayers for her family as they mourn her loss.