Margaret ‘Peg’ Gibbons, 69, veteran politics and government reporter

April 2, 2018 GMT

By Staff

Margaret “Peg” Gibbons, 69, a journalist believed to have the longest tenure in the Montgomery County Courthouse press corps, and respected by politicians and government officials despite her withering questioning of their policies, practices and motives, died of a heart attack Friday, March 30, in her Lansdale home.

Ms. Gibbons was often likened to Helen Thomas, the veteran White House correspondent who covered every president from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama. Ms. Gibbons covered Montgomery County government and politics for about 40 years, employed first by Montgomery Publishing, then the Times Herald of Norristown, and finally Calkins Newspapers, where she worked from 2008 until last fall, when the family-owned chain was sold to Gatehouse Media L.L.C. and her job was eliminated.

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