Helen Thomas

Tireless White House reporter

I was the last White House press secretary Helen interrogated. But I certainly didn't get it as tough as my predecessors did or any of the 10 Presidents she covered in a remarkable career that spanned seven decades. Helen was relentless in the pursuit of answers. Marlin Fitzwater, press secretary to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, tells of a call from Helen asking him a question at 3 a.m. When Marlin asked why she had called him, Helen responded emphatically, "Because no one else will!"

She asked every question the only way she knew how--directly. I remember the first...