Reporter Sarah McLendon has passed away. She was 92. Reports say she had been ill since shortly before Christmas.
McLendon was a White House reporter, covering every president from Roosevelt to Bush 43. She viewed herself as a special kind of reporter.
Citizen journalist is a mission I took for myself. It offers the best opportunity to serve one's country, the people and the public interest. "Mr. President, Mr. President" (1996)
She had an admirable love of life.
"It has been a privilege to have lived this life," she said in her book. "I cannot wait to get out of bed each morning and start living it some more."
McLendon was no longer a big media star, but I'll miss that big, Texas accented voice of hers booming out at presidents and press secretaries from the back bench of the Washington Press Corps.