[Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: William J. Clinton (1997, Book II)]
[October 23, 1997]
[Page 1419]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office www.gpo.gov]

Statement on the Death of Ann Devroy
October 23, 1997

    Hillary and I were deeply saddened to learn that Ann Devroy, 
longtime White House correspondent for the Washington Post, passed away 
earlier today.
    For more than a decade, no journalist dominated and defined the 
White House beat with the kind of skill, shrewd analysis, and gruff 
grace that Ann brought to her reporting. As the saying goes, she always 
knew how to afflict the comfortable--and she made more than one 
President squirm--but she did comfort the afflicted. When White Houses 
did not get a fair shake in the press, Ann would often be the first to 
set the record straight. And she always wrote and reported with the 
interests of her readers first in her heart, trying always to make the 
White House story easier for a citizen to grasp.
    Her friends in the press, her friends here at the White House, and 
all those who admired her tough but fair reporting will join me and 
Hillary in extending to Mark, Sarah, and Ann's family our deepest