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Feb. 16, 2006
Contact: Victor Bailey, Hall Center for the Humanities, (785) 864-7822.

White House correspondent Helen Thomas to give Women’s Leadership lecture at KU

LAWRENCE — Helen Thomas, the former White House bureau chief often referred to as “The First Lady of the Press,” will be the speaker at the 2006 Emily Taylor & Marilyn Stokstad Women’s Leadership Lecture next month at the University of Kansas.

Thomas will deliver her lecture, “Covering the White House from Kennedy to Bush,” at 7:30 p.m. March 14 in Woodruff Auditorium in the Kansas Union. A reception and book signing will follow the lecture. The event, sponsored by the Hall Center for the Humanities, is free and open to the public.

Thomas, a Hearst Newspaper columnist, served for 57 years as a correspondent for United Press International and, as White House bureau chief, covered every president since John F. Kennedy. During the Kennedy years, Thomas became known for closing presidential press conferences with the tagline “Thank you, Mr. President.”

Thomas was the first woman officer of the National Press Club after it opened its doors to women members, the first woman member and president of the White House Correspondents Association and the first woman member of the Gridiron Club. In 1998, she received the International Women’s Media Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award and was honored by President and Mrs. Clinton as the first recipient of the Helen Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award. Thomas’s latest book is Thanks for the Memories, Mr. President: Wit and Wisdom from the Front Row at the White House.

The Emily Taylor & Marilyn Stokstad Women’s Leadership Lecture is named for two women who were prominent leaders at the University of Kansas. The fund they established supports lectures by prominent women on women’s leadership issues. Contributions to the lecture fund can be made through the KU Endowment Association.

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