Helen Thomas a symbol of daring woman whose jagged arguments at the front row of the White House press room annoyed nine presidents but snooped information about the workings of the federal government.
She started her career as a White House watchdog began with the Kennedy administration. she was eminent as a pioneering woman in journalism and the prestigious lady wire service correspondent and columnist. She died July 20 at her home in Washington at age 92.
The cause of death was not disclosed but her friend retired journalist Muriel Dobbin, confirmed her death. Ms. Thomas had been on dialysis with a kidney disorder.
Ms. Thomas became the club’s first female president, as well as the first woman to be named White House bureau chief of a major wire service, the first woman to be admitted to the Gridiron Club.
She was the first woman to serve as president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, the first female officer of the National Press Club and the recipient of multiple lifetime achievement awards.
She was president of the Women’s National Press Club in 1959, named one of the “25 Most Influential Women in America” by the World Almanac in 1976 and in 1998 was the first recipient of a prize established in her name by the White House Correspondents’ Association — the Helen Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award.