Respected Political Journalist and ‘PBS NewsHour’ Host Gwen Ifill Dies

gwen-ifill-pbs-journalistVeteran TV journalist Gwen Ifill died in Washington D.C. this week after battling cancer.

The 61-year-old made her mark in the media world as one of the most prominent Black journalists of her generation and a prominent political generalist in general. During her career span, which started in the 1970s, Ifill covered seven presidential campaigns and moderated vice presidential debates in 2004 and 2008. Ifill was also the co-host of PBS Newshour, a role she’s filled since 2008.

PBS issued the below statement via press release after learning of Ifill’s death:

“It is with extreme sadness that we share the news that Gwen Ifill passed away earlier today surrounded by family and friends. Gwen was one of America’s leading lights in journalism and a fundamental reason public media is considered a trusted window on the world by audiences across the nation. Her contributions to thoughtful reporting and civic discourse simply cannot be overstated. She often said that her job was to bring light rather than heat to issues of importance to our society. Gwen did this with grace and a steadfast commitment to excellence. Our sorrow at her passing is a part of our profound gratitude for all that she did for our system and our nation. It was an honor to know Gwen and to work with her. All of us at PBS express our sincere condolences to Gwen’s friends and family.”

Since the news of her passing, celebs, media outlets, and journalists from around the country have been taking to social media to post condolences, as well as fond memories:

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