[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/POLITICS/01/20/obit.lewine/art.lewine.ap.jpg caption=" 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."