January 20th, 2008
11:30 AM ET
7 years ago

Frances Lewine, trailblazing journalist, dies

 Jacqueline Kennedy, right, pours tea for AP correspondent Frances Lewine, left, in 1960.
Jacqueline Kennedy, right, pours tea for AP correspondent Frances Lewine, left, in 1960.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Frances Lewine, who covered the White House for the Associated Press during the administrations of six presidents and spent nearly three decades as a CNN assignment editor and field producer, died Saturday of an apparent stroke. She was 86.

Lewine was regarded as a trailblazer who battled for women's rights in journalism, fighting to open the National Press Club and the Gridiron Club - a Washington journalists' organization - to women.

"It's amazing that at her age, Fran was still staking out administration and elected officials after weekend talk shows," CNN Washington Bureau Chief David Bohrman said. "All of journalism has lost a true pioneer."

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