Helen Thomas

First Lady of the White House Press Corps
Thomas to appear at the Orlando Public Library on Friday, September 21

Helen Thomas, news veteran and former White House correspondent, will share words and wit from covering every president since John F. Kennedy at an appearance on Friday, September 21 at 7 p.m. at the Orlando Public Library. Thomas will bring to Orlando rare glimpses from her unique window on the world as a long-time fixture on the frontlines questioning nine U.S. Presidents.

Thomas will share anecdotes from her career with the White House Press Corps which began in 1962. For 40 years, it was her voice that ended each presidential news conference with the words, “Thank you, Mr. President.”

Even today as a syndicated columnist for Hearst newspapers, Thomas remains deeply dug in the journalistic trenches. The tenacious grande dame of U.S. journalism, Thomas joined United Press International when news reporting was a male-dominated industry. Years later when the National Press Club finally opened its membership to women in 1971, she became its first female officer.

Helen Thomas has written four books. Her most recent is Watchdogs of Democracy.

Ticket Information
Tickets are $50 each. Is your Library card in good standing? Call us at 407.835.7481 for a special discount offer. Purchase tickets here, by phone at 407.835.7481, or in person in the Community Relations Office at the Orlando Public Library. Tickets purchased after September 15 will be held for pick up at the door.

OCLS - Orlando, Florida


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