July 2000 - Is hired by the Hearst Corporation to write columns.
2002 - Is awarded a lifetime award with the National Newspaper Association
February 7, 2007 - Receives the lifetime achievement award from the Washington Press Club Foundation.
June 7, 2010 - Resigns her position at Hearst Newspapers after controversial comments made on May 27, 2010 regarding Jews in Palestine and that they should leave are brought to light. Thomas releases an apology.
December 2, 2010 - During a speech at an Arab-American conference in Dearborn, Michigan, where she defends the position that caused her retirement, she makes the statement, "Congress, the White House and Hollywood, Wall Street are owned by the Zionists," and receives a standing ovation.
January 14, 2011 - Society of Professional Journalists announces it will no longer offer the Helen Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award. The removal of the award is prompted by her December, 2010 remarks.
July 2011 - Currently writing a column for the Falls Church News-Press
April 1, 2012 - Hanan Ashrawi presents Thomas with a medal on behalf of PLO president Mahmoud Abbas in recognition of her defense of the Palestinian cause.