Service held for pioneering reporter Helen Thomas

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

TROY, Mich. Hundreds of people have filled a suburban Detroit church that pioneering journalist Helen Thomas attended as a child for her memorial service.

The service was Thursday morning at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Troy.

The 92-year-old Thomas died last month at her Washington, D.C., apartment. She was born to Lebanese immigrants in Winchester, Ky., and raised in Detroit.

The Wayne State University graduate worked much of her career as a United Press International reporter and White House correspondent. She grilled nine U.S. presidents starting with John F. Kennedy.

Thomas was known for her tenacity and opinions. She resigned in 2010 as a Hearst Newspapers columnist after calling on Israelis to get "out of Palestine."

Niece Suzanne Geha says a "celebration of her life" is planned for October in Washington.

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