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4-10-07

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Helen Thomas keynotes Iowa State's First Amendment Day activities

AMES, Iowa -- In celebration of this year's First Amendment Day activities at Iowa State University, Helen Thomas, former White House Bureau Chief for United Press International and now Hearst Newspapers columnist, will give a presentation in the Great Hall, Memorial Union, Thursday, April 19 at 8 p.m. Her lecture, titled "First Amendment and the White House," is free and open to the public.

Thomas has had a long-term impact on the journalism profession. She was the first woman officer at the National Press Club and has covered every president since John F. Kennedy. She was frequently seen asking the first question of several presidents at White House press conferences.

Known as "The First Lady of the Press," Thomas has won several awards, including the Woman's Media Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award. The World Almanac cites her as one of the 25 Most Influential Women in the United States.

She has written four books, including "Watchdogs of Democracy?" and her latest, "Thanks for the Memories Mr. President: Wit and Wisdom from the Front Row at the White House."

The lecture is sponsored by the Greenlee Excellence Fund, the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication and Lee Enterprises.

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Helen Thomas, former White House Bureau Chief for United Press International and now Hearst Newspapers columnist, will give a presentation on Thursday, April 19 at 8 p.m. titled "First Amendment and the White House."