“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Lansing in Ingham County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Helen Thomas B. 1920

Helen Thomas Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Rieske, June 7, 2017
1. Helen Thomas Marker
Considered “The First Lady of the Press,” former White House Bureau Chief Helen Thomas is a trailblazer who broke through barriers for women reporters. Thomas worked for United Press International for more than 55 years covering every president since John F. Kennedy. She was the first woman officer of the National Press Club and the only female print journalist to accompany President Nixon on his breakthrough trip to China in 1972.

The daughter of Lebanese immigrants, Thomas graduated from Detroit Public Schools and Wayne State University. In 2000 the Society of Professional Journalists named her the first recipient of the Helen Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award.

Note: Helen Thomas died in 2013.
Erected 2006.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicEducationGovernment & PoliticsWomen. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #37 Richard M. Nixon, and the Michigan Walk of Fame series lists.
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42° 43.973′ N, 84° 33.141′ W. Marker is in Lansing, Michigan, in Ingham County. Marker can be reached from South Washington Square, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 112 South Washington Square, Lansing MI 48933, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Stevie Wonder b. 1950 (a few steps from this marker); Lansing's First Capitol Building / Lansing Becomes the Capital City (within shouting distance of this marker); Theater District / The Strand (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jeff Daniels b. 1955 (about 300 feet away); Capital Bank Tower (about 400 feet away); Herbert Henry Dow 1866-1930 (about 400 feet away); Lansing Labor Holiday (about 400 feet away); Rosa Parks 1913-2005 (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lansing.
Also see . . .  Helen Thomas from Wikipedia. (Submitted on June 14, 2017, by Bill Rieske of Lansing, Michigan.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2017. It was originally submitted on June 7, 2017, by Bill Rieske of Lansing, Michigan. This page has been viewed 136 times since then and 24 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on June 7, 2017, by Bill Rieske of Lansing, Michigan. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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Nov. 23, 2020