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FORMER AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WASHINGTON BUREAU CHIEF HELEN KAHN DIES

 DETROIT/WASHINGTON, July 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Helen Kahn, whose reporting on legal issues changed forever the way newspapers cover the automobile industry, died Thursday, July 8, at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington. She was 70.
 Mrs. Kahn joined the Automotive News Washington Bureau in 1961 and was bureau chief from 1964 until her retirement in 1988. "She was the first reporter to recognize the importance of people like Ralph Nader to the auto industry," said her editor, Dave Versical. She covered the emerging importance to automakers of government regulators in safety and environmental protection. As a senior correspondent, she continued to cover legal issues affecting the auto industry until a month before her death.
 Mrs. Kahn was a 1943 graduate of Bridgewater College in Virginia, and she held a master's degree from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee. She was a spy for the U.S. government in the final two years of World War II. Afterward she worked for U.S. News and World Report and held various writing, editing and teaching positions before joining Automotive News.
 She and her late husband, Ephraim, had three children. Funeral arrangements were pending.
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