A pioneer in the world of broadcasting and a prominent and outspoken figure at televised presidential press conferences since the Roosevelt administration, Sarah McClendon went from being a small fish in a male-dominated field to becoming an innovative and respected journalist who founded her own news service. Born in Tyler, TX, in 1910, McClendon labored at local newspapers before taking a position at the Washington bureau of the Philadelphia Daily News in the mid-'40s. Establishing her own news service in 1946, she eventually became the longest-standing White House-based reporter. On January 8, 2003, McClendon died following a brief illness. She was 92.