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Helen-Anne Hilker

Helen-Anne Hilker, American journalist. Recipient 1st prize Allegheny Literature Magazine, 1937, Ohio Newspaper Women's Association, 1945, Educational Press Association American, 1965, Federal Editors Association Blue Pencil awards, 1973; recipient citation, Society Technology Communicators, 1973; recipient several other awards for writing and editing.


  • Hilker, Helen-Anne was born on July 5, 1920 in Springfield, Ohio, United States. Daughter of Albert John and Mary-Anne (Shanahan) Hilker.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Allegheny College, 1941. Master of Arts in Journalism, University Iowa, 1942.


    • Part-time reporter Meadville (Pennsylvania) Tribune, 1938-1941. Reporter Dayton (Ohio) Journal-Herald, 1942-1945. Disaster reporter Eastern Area American Red Cross, Alexandria, Virginia, 1945-1946.

      Assistant press officer Library. of Congress, Washington, 1946-1951. Reporter Washington Bureau Scripps-Howard Newspapers, 1951-1954. Press officer Library. of Congress, 1954-1969, interpretive projects officer, 1969-1977.

      Independent writer, editor Washington, from 1977. Curator restoration needs exhibition, Library. of Congress, 1980.


    • Author: Ten First Street Southeast: Congress Builds a Library, 1980. News columnist Allegheny College weekly newspaper, 1938-1941. Editor Allegheny Literature Magazine, 1940-1941.


    President Dayton Newspaper Guild, 1944-1945. Active Women's National Press Club, National Press Club, since 1954. Member National Museum Women in the Arts, Washington Print Club, Writers Center, Phi Beta Kappa, Kappa Tau Alpha.



    Family history, drawing, painting.

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    Died November 20, 2000
    (aged 80)
    • 1941
      Allegheny College
    • 1942
      University Iowa
    • 1938 - 1941
      Part-time reporter Meadville (Pennsylvania) Tribune
    • 1942 - 1945
      reporter Dayton (Ohio) Journal-Herald
    • 1945 - 1946
      disaster reporter Eastern Area American Red Cross
      Alexandria, Al Iskandariyah, Egypt
    • 1946 - 1951
      assistant, press officer Library of Congress
      Washington, United States
    • 1951 - 1954
      reporter Washington Bureau Scripps-Howard Newspapers
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