Starting out as the editor of the Hunter College newspaper, Frances Lewine was always involved in the world of journalism. She was most prominent for her work as a writer for Associated Press and CNN, as well as her time as a White House Correspondent. Her first position was with the Courier-News, a daily newspaper serving central New Jersey. She was the president of the Women's National Press Club, a specialized group for journalists and communications professionals, and encouraged equal opportunity for women in the media. Her activism and protesting for the rights of women helped open the doors of the National Press Club and the Gridiron Club to women.
Frances became a White House Correspondent for the Associated Press in 1956, seeing six different administrations, from Eisenhower to Carter, until 1977. She voiced her disappointment regarding the assignments she received, believing she did not receive the same opportunities her male counterparts did when covering the presidents. She mostly covered social events and the lives of the first family, rather than the news of the president. She then pursued a position as deputy director of public affairs for the Transportation Department during the Carter Administration. She moved positions when Carter left office in 1981, becoming a field producer and assignment editor for CNN.
Frances was inducted to the Washington Society of Professional Journalists Hall of Fame, as well as the Hunter College Hall of Fame. She also received the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism in 2007. In 2008, she died of a stroke the day before her 87th birthday.
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