GWENDOLYN L. IFILL: SEPTEMBER 29, 1955 – NOVEMBER 14, 2016

Gwen Ifill, longtime co-anchor and managing  editor of PBS News Hour, with Judy Woodruff, and American Peabody Award-winning journalist, television newscaster, and author, died this week.

Ms. Ifill was also moderator and managing editor of Washington Week.

I originally posted on Ms. Ifill in one of my Black Women in America posts.

Ms. Ifill was always poised, relaxed, professional and calm in her job and when you saw her on the TV you knew you were going to get news that had substance to it. For ten years she gave in-depth reports that covered national and international news, putting a touch on it that only Ms. Ifill could give.

From August 2013 to October 2016, the PBS News Hour’s weekday broadcasts – which run one hour in length, and are produced by Washington, D.C.  member station WETA-T– had been co-anchored by Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff—the first, and as of 2016 only, all-female anchor team of a national nightly news program on broadcast television.

In addition to the PBS News Hour, Ms. Ifill was also the author of the best-selling book The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.

Throughout her illustrious career, Ms. Ifill received numerous awards:

Ms. Ifill was awarded the Women in Film & Video Women of Vision Award in 2000. In 2004, she received the Gracie Allen Tribute Award from the Foundation for American Women in Radio and Television.

Gwen Ifill at the 2009 Peabody Awards ceremony

In 2008 she was awarded a Peabody Award for her work on Washington Week.

In 2009, she was honored with the First Amendment Award by Ford Hall Forum.

Harvard University honored her in 2009 with the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism.

In 2010 she received the 17th Fred Friendly First Amendment Award from Quinnipiac University.

In 2012, Ifill was inducted into the National Association of Black Journalists Hall of Fame.

In 2014, she was awarded the Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in Journalism.

In September 2015, she moderated “America After Charleston,” examining the issues propelled into public discourse after a White racist gunman Dylan Roof shot and killed nine Black American parishioners in Charleston, South Carolina’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in June 2015.

For her work on the PBS town hall special America After Ferguson she earned a nomination for Outstanding Host in a Talk, Reality, News/ Information or Variety (Series or Special) at the 46th NAACP Image Awards.

In November 2015, she accepted the Lifetime Achievement award from the Women’s Media Center at the annual Women’s Media Awards ceremony.

She received the Fourth Estate Award from the National Press Club in 2015.

In 2016, Columbia University awarded her the John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism.

Ms. Ifill passed away two days before the ceremony.

On November 14, 2016, Ms. Ifill died of breast and endometrial cancer.

She was 61.

Ms. Ifill left an astounding legacy of grace and determination.

She will be sorely missed.

Rest in peace, Ms. Gwen Ifill.

Rest in peace.

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