Helen Thomas Dies at 92

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Veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas smiles as she leaves the White House after attending a briefing. Thomas, a pioneer for women in journalism and an irrepressible White House correspondent, has died. She was 92. She used her seat in the front row of the White House press room to grill nine presidents, often to their discomfort and was not shy about sharing her opinions.

It's a sad day for the press. Legendary journalist Helen Thomas, the first female president of the White House Correspondents' Association, has died at 92. Thomas was a fixture in the front row of White House press conferences and covered 10 presidents in her decades-long career. She began covering the White House in 1961 and did not retire until 2010, becoming the longest-serving White House journalist in the process. Although she retired amid a flood of controversy over remarks on Israel, Thomas remains a legend.