Pioneering journalist Helen Thomas passed away on Saturday at the age of 92. She asked tough questions and was one of the only women in her industry for much of her life. She was first at a lot of things: The first woman to be elected an officer of the White House Correspondents’ Association, the first woman to join the male journo Gridiron Club, the only female journalist to join Nixon on his trip to China in 1972. She was a badass (if one whose really poorly-chosen remarks about Israel and Palestine cast a shadow over her career). I met Helen twice at different journalist events, and have rarely been more star-struck. We need more journalists who are forthright and willing to ask difficult, straight-forward questions of those in power. May she rest well.
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