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Iconic US reporter Helen Thomas dies

PIONEER:Famed for her blunt reporting, the White House correspondent broke many gender barriers and kept presidents ‘on their toes,’ US President Barack Obama said

ReuterS, WASHINGTON

Shortly after, she announced her retirement, two months short of her 90th birthday.

Thomas established a number of firsts for women journalists.

She was the first female officer in the White House Correspondents Association in its 50-year history and its first female president.

In 1975, she broke the 90-year all-male barrier at the Gridiron Club, an organization of leading Washington journalists, and became its first female president in 1993.

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