NewsPublic Affairs / November 14, 2016

Gwen Ifill, Host Of 'Washington Week', 'PBS Newshour', Dies

Ifill was a veteran Washington journalist who covered seven presidential campaigns and moderated the vice presidential debates in 2004 and 2008.Gwen Ifill, Washington Week, PBS NewsHour2016-11-14T14:08:00-05:00
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Gwen Ifill, Host Of 'Washington Week', 'PBS Newshour', Dies

Gwen Ifill moderated the 2008 vice presidential debate in St. Louis, Mo.

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Gwen Ifill, one of the most prominent African-American journalists in the country, has died, multiple sources tell NPR. She was 61.

Ifill, the host of PBS' Washington Week, was a veteran Washington journalist who covered seven presidential campaigns and moderated the vice presidential debates in 2004 and 2008.

Ifill was also the best-selling author of The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.

In 2013, Ifill was named co-host of the PBS NewsHour. In an interview with The New York Times, she reflected on what her appointment could mean to a new generation.

"When I was a little girl watching programs like this — because that's the kind of nerdy family we were — I would look up and not see anyone who looked like me in any way. No women. No people of color," she said. "I'm very keen about the fact that a little girl now, watching the news, when they see me and Judy [Woodruff] sitting side by side, it will occur to them that that's perfectly normal — that it won't seem like any big breakthrough at all."

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