Legendary political reporter Gwen Ifill dies

Megan Robinson, Staff Writer

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Gwen Ifill, who made a name for herself as a groundbreaking African-American journalist, died Nov. 14 at the age of 61, after a long battle with uterine cancer.

Known for her role as a PBS NewsHour anchor, Ifill started her career in newspaper journalism at the Boston-Herald American, where she reported on food and the Boston education system.
Ifill went on to thrive in political reporting at the Baltimore Evening Sun and then the Washington Post, where she covered her first political campaign in 1984.
Ifill held reporting positions at The New York Times and NBC before becoming a moderator of PBS’s “Washington Week in Review” in 1999. Ifill was the first African-American woman to host a nationally televised U.S. public affairs program, according to Politico. Ifill, alongside Judy Woodruff, were the first female co-anchors of PBS NewsHour.
Ifill was an American Peabody Award-winning journalist. She received more than 20 honorary doctorates and numerous awards from the Radio and Television News Directors Association, Harvard’s Joan Shorenstein Center and the National Association of Black Journalists among others.
She was to be presented the 2016 John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism from Columbia University, but she died two days before the scheduled ceremony.

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