Helen Thomas, Longtime White House Correspondent, Dies at Age 92

Celebrity News Jul. 20, 2013 AT 12:15PM
Helen Thomas Helen Thomas. Credit: Jeff Hutchens/Getty Images

Helen Thomas, a longtime White House correspondent and a pioneer for women in journalism, died on Saturday, July 20, at the age of 92.

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During her impressive 57-year-long career, The Kentucky-born writer covered every president from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama for United Press International and later for Hearst Newspapers.

According to Politico, her death was announced by the Gridiron Club, a prestigious journalism organization based in Washington, D.C., where Thomas resided at the time of her death.

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“Former Gridiron Club president Helen Thomas, our first female member, died Saturday morning at her Washington apartment after a long illness,” Gridiron member Carl P. Leubsdorf wrote in an email. “She would have been 93 next month."

Thomas was the first female officer of the National Press Club, the first female member and president of the White House Correspondents' Association, and the first female member of the Gridiron Club.

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She wrote six books, including her latest in 2009, Listen Up, Mr. President: Everything You Always Wanted Your President to Know and Do.

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