Helen Thomas (C) asks her question to U.S. Pres. Barack Obama during a news conference at the East Room of the White House May 27, 2010 in Washington, DC. Obama announced an extension on the moratorium for deepwater oil drilling for 6 …
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Helen Thomas, a pioneer for women in journalism and an irrepressible White House correspondent, has died. She was 92.
A friend, Muriel Dobbin, says Thomas died at her apartment in Washington on Saturday morning. Dobbin says Thomas has been ill for a long time, had been in and out of the hospital, and had come home Thursday.
Thomas made her name as a bulldog for United Press International in the great wire-service rivalries of old. She used her seat in the front row of history to grill 10 presidents -- often to their discomfort -- and was not shy about sharing her opinions.
She was persistent to the point of badgering; one White House press secretary described her questioning as "torture" -- and he was one of her fans.
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