Thomas to speak on Bush
Thomas, one of the most noted women in political journalism, will
consider Some Questions on the George W. Bush Administration
in an 11 a.m. talk at the Miller
Center Aug. 16.
a Hearst Newspapers columnist, served for 57 years as a correspondent
for United Press International and as White House bureau chief.
In 1960, she covered then President-elect John F. Kennedy and
served as a member of the UPI team while he was in office. It
was during this first White House assignment that Thomas began
closing presidential press conferences with Thank you, Mr.
traveled with President Nixon to China during his breakthrough
visit in 1972 and has traveled around the world several times
with Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan and Bush, covering
every economic summit.
was the first woman officer of the National Press Club after it
opened its doors to women following a 90-year span of being an
exclusive men-only group. Raised in Detroit, Thomas graduated
from Wayne State University. Her first journalism job was as copy
girl for the now defunct Washington Daily News.