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Ann Devroy, the award-winning White House correspondent for the Washington Post, died Thursday after battling cancer for more than a year. She was 49.

Ms. Devroy, who covered Presidents Clinton, George Bush and Ronald Reagan, was known for her keen news judgment and ability to sniff out stories that caught the White House off guard.

She won a White House Correspondents Association award for distinguished reporting in 1990 and the even more prestigious Gerald Ford Award for coverage of the presidency in 1992.

Ms. Devroy, who joined the Washington Post in 1985, was "the best in the business," Managing Editor Len Downie said in a statement. She is survived by her husband, Mark Matthews, a reporter for the Baltimore Sun, and a daughter, Sarah, 12.

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