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Veteran Journalist Helen Thomas to Speak
at LCC Commencement

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Helen Thomas

Thomas, 82, is the author of two books, including “Front Row at the White House,” which covers her 40 years on the White House beat. She began her career in Washington, D.C., in 1942 as a copywriter at the old Washington (D.C.) Daily News and, a year later, worked as a $24-a-week radio reporter at what was then called United Press.

May 5, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- Helen Thomas, the first woman to be White House bureau chief for a news wire service, will give the Commencement address at the 2003 University of Kentucky Lexington Community College graduation ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday, May 9, at Memorial Coliseum.

Until her resignation in May 2000, Thomas, who was born in Winchester, Ky., had served as White House Bureau Chief for United Press International since the Kennedy administration. She is now a syndicated columnist for Hearst News Service.

Thomas, 82, is the author of two books, including “Front Row at the White House,” which covers her 40 years on the White House beat. She began her career in Washington, D.C., in 1942 as a copywriter at the old Washington (D.C.) Daily News and, a year later, worked as a $24-a-week radio reporter at what was then called United Press.

About 600 students have applied for graduation from LCC, which provides educational opportunities to more than 13,000 students in various academic, technical and personal enrichment courses.


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