I was greatly pleased to hear that Helen Thomas is keeping her front row seat at the White House press room.
As a board, we decided to move CNN to the first row. This decision was based on CNN's 27 years of covering The White House, as well as the resources it brings to the in-town and travel pool, and its daily presence at the briefings. In addition, the board agreed to honor a previous commitment by our association to maintain Helen Thomas' seat in the first row. As the dean of the White House press corps, Helen is an institution. First with United Press International and now as a White House columnist for Hearst newspapers, Helen has covered every president since John Kennedy.
As I've mentioned before she was the speaker at my sisters graduation from Ohio University back in 2000 and I consider myself really lucky to have had an opportunity to hear her speak. My only regret is that I was still too young to fully appreciate it (though even at the time I was impressed with her ability to lighten up such a long and boring ceremony).
Source: mediabistro.com: FishbowlDC