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Helen Thomas

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Helen Thomas

American author and former news service reporter, member of the White House Press Corps and opinion columnist of Lebanese Greek Orthodox add

Category: Literature

Born in 1920.

Countries: United States (37%), Iraq (17%), Palestine (10%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: White House, Barack Obama, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Linked to: Wayne State University, Hezbollah, Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, White House




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Helen Thomas was born in 1920 add something


After 1955, she covered federal agencies such as the Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare add something


In 1959, Thomas and a few of her fellow female journalists forced the National Press Club, barred to women, to allow them to attend an address by Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev add something


Thomas was the only female print journalist to travel to China with President Richard Nixon during his historic trip in 1972 add something


She traveled around the world several times with all U.S. Presidents since Richard Nixon, and covered every Economic Summit since 1975, working up to the position of UPI's White House Bureau Chief, a post she would hold for over 25 years add something


In 1976, Thomas was named one of the "World Almanac"'s 25 Most Influential Women in America add something


Thomas received an Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media from the Freedom Forum in 1991 add something


In 2000, her alma mater, Wayne State University, established an award for journalists in her honor, the Helen Thomas Spirit of Diversity award; but in December 2010, the award was discontinued by Wayne State citing her renewed remarks that she stands by what she had said earlier in May to Nesenoff add something


She was a columnist for Hearst Newspapers from 2000 to 2010, writing on national affairs and the White House add something


When Cuban leader Fidel Castro, was asked in the early 2000s what was the difference between democracy in Cuba and democracy in the United States, Castro reportedly replied, "I don't have to answer questions from Helen Thomas add something


On May 17, 2000, the day after it was announced that the UPI had been acquired by News World Communications Inc., an international media conglomerate founded and controlled by Unification Church leader Reverend Sun Myung Moon which owns "The Washington Times" and other news media, Thomas resigned from the UPI after 57 years with the organization add something


In January 2003, following a speech at a Society of Professional Journalists banquet, Thomas told an autograph-seeker, "I'm covering the worst president in American history add something


However, according to Thomas in a 2006 "Daily Show" interview, this ended because she no longer represented a wire service add something


On March 21, 2006, Thomas was called upon directly by President Bush for the first time in three years add something


In July 2006, she told "The Hill", "The day Dick Cheney is going to run for president, I'll kill myself add something


At the July 18, 2006, White House press briefing, Thomas remarked, "The United States add something


In 2007, Thomas received a Foremother Award from the National Research Center for Women & Families add something


In a press conference on November 30, 2007, Thomas questioned White House Press Secretary Dana Perino as to why Americans should depend on General David Petraeus in determining when to re-deploy U.S troops from Iraq add something


On February 9, 2009, Thomas was present in the front row for newly elected President Obama's first news conference add something


On July 1, 2009, Thomas commented on the Obama administration's handling of the press, "we have had some control but not this control add something


On August 4, 2009, Thomas celebrated her 89th birthday add something


A one-minute excerpt of the May 27, 2010 interview was posted on Nesenoff's website on June 3 add something


Thomas retired in June 2010, following negative reaction to comments she had made about Israel, Jews, and Palestine during a brief videotaped interview with Rabbi David Nesenoff of add something


In August 2010, a group of Holocaust survivors and relatives criticized the Arab American National Museum of Dearborn, Michigan for its plans to place a statue of Helen Thomas in its museum, saying that it would be immoral to honor her and that "American values are at stake add something


In October 2010, Thomas said in a radio interview with Scott Spears of WMRN that she realized soon after making the comments that she would be fired, stating, "I hit the third rail add something


In October 2010, the Council on American-Islamic Relations honored Thomas with a lifetime achievement award add something


Later in the interview, when asked by Hochman if she stood by her December 2010 accusations that Zionists own the White House, Hollywood and Wall Street, Thomas answered that she did stand by those remarks add something


On December 2, 2010, shortly before a speech for the eighth annual "Images and Perceptions of Arab Americans" conference at the Byblos Banquet Center on Chase, Thomas told reporters that she still stood by the comments she had made to Nesenoff add something


In January 2011, the Society of Professional Journalists voted to retire the Helen Thomas Award for Lifetime Achievement stating that it staunchly defends the right to free speech, but that "the controversy surrounding this award has overshadowed the reason it exists add something


Thomas was employed as a weekly columnist by the Falls Church News-Press in January 2011 add something


In March 2011, Thomas did an interview with David Hochman, a reporter for "Playboy" magazine add something


In April 2012, Thomas received an award from the Palestine Liberation Organization's General Mission to the United States add something

Helen Thomas died in 2013 add something


Thomas died on July 20, 2013, at her home in Washington, D.C. at the age of 92, just two weeks short of her 93rd birthday add something