NPR Wants Helen Thomas’ Prime Front-Row Real Estate

NPR has stepped forward to ask for Helen Thomas’ former seat in the front row of the White House briefing room, according to Michael Calderone.

The seat will be assigned on August 2 by the newly elected White House Correspondents Association board, which will have to decide between NPR, Bloomberg and Fox News.

“Even in these difficult economic times, as many other news organizations are forced to cut back, NPR routinely represents the radio pool on trips other news organizations cannot take,” wrote NPR managing editor David Sweeney in a letter to USA Today‘s David Jackson, president of the WHCA. Mr. Sweeney also emphasized his company’s expanding reach and emphasis on White House coverage.

NPR Wants Helen Thomas’ Prime Front-Row Real Estate