Nixon's resignation, forty years later

Nixon's resignation, forty years later

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 (UPI) --Forty years ago today in Washington came the unprecedented resignation of a U.S. president.
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At year's end: 2013 marked by milestones and horror

At year's end: 2013 marked by milestones and horror

2013 was a year of milestones and horror: the election of a new pope, the birth of a future king and horrific terrorist attacks in Algeria, Kenya and the United States.
MARCELLA KREITER, United Press International

The almanac

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Longtime UPI White House reporter Helen Thomas dead at 92

Longtime UPI White House reporter Helen Thomas dead at 92

WASHINGTON, July 20 (UPI) -- Helen Thomas, who doggedly pursued accountability from 10 U.S. presidents as United Press International White House correspondent, died Saturday. She was 92.
HBO documentary 'Ethel' tells Kennedy story from the inside

HBO documentary 'Ethel' tells Kennedy story from the inside

NEW YORK, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- U.S. filmmaker Rory Kennedy, the youngest child of slain civil rights era leader Robert F. Kennedy, says her HBO documentary "Ethel" stands apart from other accounts of the political dynasty's role in history because it is told from the famous family's point of view and puts the spotlight on her interview-shy mother, Ethel Skakel Kennedy.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
Helen Thomas returns to journalism

Helen Thomas returns to journalism

FALLS CHURCH, Va., Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Journalist Helen Thomas, who lost her job last summer after remarks about Jews, has returned to the industry with a column in the Falls Church (Va.) News-Press.
Journalist rips Wayne St. for ending award

Journalist rips Wayne St. for ending award

DETROIT, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Journalist Helen Thomas ripped Wayne State University in Michigan for ending a diversity award in her name, saying the school mocked the First Amendment.

University reviews Thomas diversity award

DETROIT, June 8 (UPI) -- A Michigan university said it may retire the name of its media diversity awards after veteran reporter Helen Thomas retired in the wake of divisive remarks.
Helen Thomas announces retirement

Helen Thomas announces retirement

BETHESDA, Md., June 7 (UPI) -- Veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas announced her retirement Monday, just days after she made controversial remarks about Israel and Palestine.
Obama, Helen Thomas celebrate birthdays

Obama, Helen Thomas celebrate birthdays

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama and Helen Thomas, dean of the White House Press Corps, celebrated their birthdays Tuesday in the White House press room.

Brady drops by the White House

WASHINGTON, June 16 (UPI) -- Former Reagan press secretary and gunshot victim James Brady dropped into the revamped James S. Brady press briefing room at the White House Tuesday.

Clinton says world must embrace diversity

WASHINGTON, June 14 (UPI) -- People must learn to take pride in their heritage without negating the heritage of others, former U.S. President Bill Clinton told a group of Arab Americans.

Journalist Thomas star of TV special

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- The long and noted career of White House correspondent Helen Thomas will be presented in a new U.S. TV special, filmmaker Rory Kennedy says.

Thomas, Bok team up on children's book

NEW YORK, June 14 (UPI) -- Columnist Helen Thomas and editorial cartoonist Chip Bok have teamed up to create a children's book, "The Great White House Breakout," its publisher says.

Marbury's father dies after game

NEW YORK, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- The father of New York Knicks' point guard Stephon Marbury died after leaving his son's Madison Square Garden basketball game, reportedly with chest pains.
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Helen Thomas
President Ronald Reagan greets United Press International (UPI) White House reporter Helen Thomas on April 22, 1981 in the Treaty Room at the White House in Washington. Reagan granted an interview with the wire services and described the March 30 attempt on his life. (UPI Photo/Don Rypka/Files)

Helen Thomas (born August 4, 1920) is an American author and former news service reporter, member of the White House Press Corps and opinion columnist. She worked for the United Press and post-1958 successor United Press International (UPI) for 57 years, first as a correspondent, and later as White House bureau manager. She was a columnist for Hearst Newspapers from 2000 to 2010, writing on national affairs and the White House. She covered every President of the United States from the last years of the Eisenhower administration until the second year of the Obama administration. She was the first female officer of the National Press Club, the first female member and president of the White House Correspondents' Association, and the first female member of the Gridiron Club. She has written six books; her latest, with co-author Craig Crawford, is Listen Up, Mr. President: Everything You Always Wanted Your President to Know and Do (2009). Thomas, who is of Lebanese Rûm/Melkite descent, retired on June 7, 2010, following comments she made about Israel, Jews and the Israel/Palestinian conflict.

Thomas was born in Winchester, Kentucky, the seventh of the ten children of George and Mary (Rowady) Thomas, immigrants from Tripoli, Lebanon. Thomas has said her father's surname, "Antonious", was anglicized to "Thomas" when he entered the U.S. at Ellis Island, and that her parents could neither read nor write. Thomas was raised mainly in Detroit, Michigan, where her family moved when she was four years old, and where her father ran a grocery store. Of her experience growing up, Thomas has said,

She has also said that in Detroit in the 1920s, she came home crying from school, "They wanted to make you feel you weren't 'American'... We were called 'garlic eaters'". She was raised as a Christian in the Greek Orthodox Church

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