Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Scene: A Congressional Celebration for WTOP Congressional Correspondent Dave McConnell

Dave McConnell of WTOP has covered Capitol Hill longer than any other reporter, and members of the House and Senate gathered to celebrate his 50th anniversary with Washington's all-news WTOP. On hand to fete McConnell were Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Virginia Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, Senator Patrick Leahy, DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, Representative Barbara Comstock, and former members of the U.S. House of Representatives Jim Moran and Tom Davis.

Senator Tim Kaine (Virginia), Dave McConnell, Senator Mark Warner (Virginia), and former
Congressman Tom Davis

Senator Patrick Leahy (Vermont) shares a laugh with Dave McConnell

Dave McConnell with Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland

Dave McConnell surrounded by well-wishers including former Congressman Tom Davis (far left) and Senator Ben Cardin (second from the left)

Dave McConnell accepts a very special 50th anniversary commemoration from DC Delegate
Eleanor Holmes Norton

Dave McConnell and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

Dave McConnell with WTOP Senior News Director Mike McMearty and former Congressmen Jim Moran

Radio host Joe Madison (far right) of SiriusXM celebrates with Dave McConnell

Don't drop this mic - a touching present from WTOP to Dave McConnell

A very special present from DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton for Dave McConnell

Representative Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (TX-26) with Dave McConnell

Dave McConnell with Representative Barbara Comstock (VA-10)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Have You Ever Had This Much Fun with an Accordion?

Lauren Cook plays clarinet and accordion in the United State Navy Band, as well as in the New Orchestra of Washington. In addition to her tremendous talents as a performer, she is one of my favorite people to put in front of my camera, as this photo clearly shows.