Helen Thomas: The First Lady of the Washington Press Corps
Former White House Bureau Chief Helen Thomas has for years been recognized as The First Lady of the Washington Press Corps. Thomas served as the major journalistic pioneer who almost single-handedly spearheaded the destruction of barriers against women reporters in the media. During her years reporting news at the White House, she provided coverage of every President since John F. Kennedy.
In November, 1960, Helen Thomas began covering then President elect John F. Kennedy, following him to the White House in January, 1961 as a member of the UPI team. It was during this first White House assignment that she began closing presidential press conferences with “Thank you, Mr. President.” She was the only woman newspaper journalist to travel with President Nixon to China during his breakthrough trip in January, 1972. She also traveled around the world several times with Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush and Clinton. During the course of of those years, she covered every Economic Summit. Sources have frequently cited her as one of the 25 Most Influential Women in America.
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