About Ceci Connolly


Ceci Connolly began working for The Washington Post in 1997. During the 2000 election cycle, she spent 18 months on the campaign trail with Democrat Al Gore. Her coverage of that election included a Washington Post Magazine cover story on the vice president's fundraising machine, scoops on internal shakeups in the Gore campaign and the vice president's schizophrenic relationship with President Bill Clinton. She also covered the bitter 37-day recount that led to George Bush's election.

In 2004, Connolly traveled for six weeks with the John Kerry campaign, chronicling his come-from-behind victory in the Iowa caucuses and the early attacks on his military service in Vietnam. She has also written extensively about Congress, including the 1994 Republican revolution and the rise and fall of House Speaker Newt Gingrich. In all, she has reported on every U.S. presidential campaign since 1984.

In summer 2001, Connolly was named national health policy correspondent for the Post, producing articles on bioterrorism, the Medicare prescription drug benefit, skyrocketing medical bills, physician-assisted suicide and the Terri Schiavo case. She was sent to Louisiana in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and spent a total of three months on the ground, reporting on the worst natural disaster in modern U.S. history.

She has appeared frequently on PBS's Washington Week, NPR's Diane Rehm Show and several news programs on MSNBC and the Fox News Channel.

Connolly is now on a leave of absence from the Post, living and writing in Mexico City. She is engaged to marry Manuel Roig-Franzia, the Post's Mexico City bureau chief.

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Ceci,
I have enjoyed reading your coverage of the election in Mexico. As a poly sci graduate, I read with interest election coverage especially when it is our neighbors to the North and South. I do however pick and choose what I read. That is why I don't read blogs, websites, etc which have an ax to grind one way or the other. After hearing about some of the "regulations" I got to thinking of how some of them, however humorous, just might work here. Here are five I would like to see implemented in Canada, Mexico and the US. 1) No candidate can appear on a church pupit in an election year. 2) All campaigning ends one week before the election. 3)No liquor is sold on election day. 4)Election day is moved to a Saturday.5) A candidate must have 50% plus one to be declared the winner. Finally, my wife and I offer our congratulations to you and Manuel on your upcoming wedding. We just celebrated our 19th anniversary last month. We would tell you what all happened on our wedding day but we don't want to scare you. Also any suggestions on how to work at home together would be helpful. My wife and I starting after Labor Day will be working at home with different jobs. Again congratulations and here is hoping a long and happy life together.

Posted by: Tom King | July 7, 2006 11:09 PM

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