Submitted by ub on Sat, 07/20/2013 - 12:14

Helen Thomas, Madam Dean of the White House Press Corps Helen Thomas has died at age 92 after a long illness.

Helen Thomas covered 10 presidents over nearly half a century, and became a legend in the news industry.

She was a fixture at White House news conferences pressing presidents for additional information, while sitting in the front rows. Late in her career, Ms. Thomas frequently exasperated government spokesmen with her barrage of pointed questions.

Helen Thomas was a trailblazer and was the longest-serving White House journalist. She always spoke her mind. Following a long and distinguished career at UPI, Thomas served as a syndicated columnist for Hearst. In 2010, she was forced into retirement after a YouTube video surfaced of her making controversial remarks that Israeli Jews should "get out of Palestine." Thomas died at the young age of 92.