July 20, 2013 -- WASHINGTON (New York Times) -- Helen Thomas, whose keen curiosity, unquenchable drive and celebrated constancy made her a trailblazing White House correspondent in a press corps dominated by men and later the doyenne of the White House briefing room, died Saturday at her apartment in Washington. She was 92.
Her death was announced by the Gridiron Club where Ms. Thomas had been a former president.
Ms. Thomas covered every president from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama for United Press International and, later, Hearst Newspapers. To her colleagues, she was the unofficial but undisputed dean of the press corps — her status ratified by the signature line she uttered at the end of every White House news conference, “Thank you, Mr. President.”
Her blunt questions and sharp tone made her a familiar personality not only in the parochial world inside the Washington Beltway but also to nationwide television audiences.