University Libraries' Special Collections and University Archives Mass Media and Culture hold many related collections, especially in the areas of broadcast journalism and public broadcasting. We also hold the papers of several former White House pool reporters.
Sid Davis (1928- )
Sid Davis was White House correspondent for the Washington news bureau of Group W, a chain of radio and television stations owned by the Westinghouse Electric Corporation, from 1959 to 1977. He was part of the reporter pool when President Kennedy was assassinated in 1963 and later selected to cover the swearing-in of Vice-President Lyndon B. Johnson aboard Air Force One. He subsequently became an NBC News correspondent and Washington bureau chief for a decade, then spent seven years as program director of the “Voice of America,” the international broadcaster funded by the U.S. Congress.
Connie Lawn (1944-2018)
Connie Lawn worked briefly for a congressman before becoming a reporter for WAVA, then Washington’s only all-news radio station, in 1968. She began her nearly 50-year career as a White House correspondent when she created an independent news service called Audio Video News in 1971. Lawn was, and remained, the only employee. Her clients included the BBC, Radio New Zealand, USA Radio Network, and Salem Radio Network. At the time of her death, Lawn was the longest-serving member of the White House press corps. To learn more about this collection, access the finding aid.
Ray Scherer (1919-2000)
Ray Scherer was chief White House correspondent for NBC News through six presidential administrations, from Harry S. Truman to Gerald S. Ford. He was one of the first journalists to report live from the White House. In addition to the White House, Scherer covered the Pentagon and Congress. He became the network's London correspondent in 1969, returning to Washington after four years to report on the Watergate scandal. Scherer continued as senior reporter until 1975, when he was named a vice-president of RCA, then NBC's parent corporation. He retired in 1986. To learn more abou this collection, access the finding aid.