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Feature Stories

The feature is one of the most wide-ranging categories of journalism. There are several categories of feature, including fly-on-the-wall, interview, profile, analysis, and review. This section provides feature stories on White House Pool reporters, both past and present, as well as others related to the University and the White House Correspondents' Association.

Connie Lawn with White House and Washington Monument in the distance.

Connie Lawn, a freelance broadcast journalist and 40-year member of the White House press corps, died April 2, 2018, at her home in Falls Church, Va. She was 73. The cause was a rare form of Parkinson’s disease, said her husband, Dr. Charles Sneiderman.

Ms. Lawn founded her own one-woman news bureau, Audio Visual News, which had radio clients around the world, including networks in…

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Bob Thompson standing outside the White House

Robert Thompson was a political journalist covering the White House during every administration from Harry S. Truman to George W. Bush. Thompson was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where he lived until the United States entered WWII. He enlisted in the Navy after the attack on Pearl Harbor and served until the war's end before attending Indiana University and receiving a B.A. in…

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President Gerald Ford and Helen Thomas (NARA)

Helen Thomas was one of the most prolific and revered members of the White House Correspondents Association (WHCA). Throughout her 70-year career, Thomas garnered a reputation that earned her the title of “Sitting Buddha” and “First Lady of The Press” among her peers in the WHCA. 

Getting her start in the District with Washington Daily News, Thomas quickly moved on to United Press…

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