Longtime White House Journalist Helen Thomas Dead at 92

Published 07/20 2013 11:40AM

Updated 07/20 2013 11:48AM

Helen Thomas, a pioneer for women in journalism, has died, Fox News confirms. She was 92. 

The irrepressible White House correspondent who used her seat in the front row to grill ten presidents -- often to their discomfort and was not shy about sharing her opinions, died at her apartment in Washington. 

According to friend Muriel Dobbin, Thomas had been ill for al ong time, and in and out of the hospital before coming home Thursday. 

Thomas made her name as a bulldog for United Press International in the great wire-service rivalries of old, and as a pioneer for women in journalism.

She was persistent to the point of badgering. One White House press secretary described her questioning as "torture" -- and he was one of her fans.

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