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Helen Thomas: 2010 Ann Devroy Memorial Forum Presenter

Thomas was a White House reporter for United Press International from 1961 to 2000 and was a columnist for the Hearst News Service until her death in 2013.

Thomas was the first woman to be elected an officer of the National Press Club, the White House Correspondents Association and the Gridiron Club. She was the only female reporter to accompany President Nixon on his 1972 breakthrough diplomatic mission to China, and for nearly 40 years, her seniority allowed her to open every presidential press conference with the first question and close it with, “Thank you, Mr. President.”

See her presentation