Helen Vitkow Guggino, 96, who began her career as a copy girl at The Inquirer and eventually became the paper's radio and television editor, died of heart failure Friday, Jan. 4, at Hampton Care Center in Southampton.
When she was in her 60s, Mrs. Guggino embarked on a career in fashion design, creating dresses that drew a following among Philadelphians seeking simple but elegant frocks, said her son, Jhon Christopher.
Bold and witty, she spoke her mind.
When people asked what she earned at The Inquirer years ago, she answered, "Not enough. You know how they treat women."
She grew up in Lester, Delaware County, and got her first job at a jute mill. Eventually, she became a supervisor at a company near The Inquirer that made transistors; she joined the paper in 1942.