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Helen Thomas Dies

July 22, 2013

Helen Thomas, the White House correspondent who broke countless barriers on a male-dominated beat, died at her apartment in Washington on Saturday following a long illness. She was 93. Thomas’ death was announced by the Gridiron Club, an exclusive organization for Washington reporters of which she was the first female member, and later served as president. For 57 years, Thomas was a fixture in White House press briefings, hounding every president from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama—and countless aides—with piercing questions and razor-like wit. Thomas, who got her start as a radio writer for United Press in the 1940s, a period when most female journalists covered softer subjects like gardening, decorating, and entertaining. Not content with those assignments, Thomas worked her way into covering politics and the powerful figures who ruled Washington. (dcist)

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