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"Gwen was a standard bearer for courage, fairness and integrity in an industry going through seismic change. She was a mentor to so many across the industry and her professionalism was respected across the political spectrum. She was a journalist's journalist and set an example for all around her," said PBS NewsHour executive producer Sara Just, in a statement. "So many people in the audience felt that they knew and adored her. She had a tremendous combination of warmth and authority. She was stopped on the street routinely by people who just wanted to give her a hug and considered her a friend after years of seeing her on TV. We will forever miss her terribly."
On Wednesday, Ifill was set to receive the 2016 John Chancellor Award from Columbia University. A spokesperson for the university did not immediately have a comment.
Ifill, who was born in New York, graduated from Simmons College, a women’s college located in Boston, in 1977, before beginning her career at the Boston Herald-American. She held reporting positions at the Baltimore Evening Sun, The Washington Post, The New York Times and NBC before becoming a moderator of PBS’s “Washington Week in Review” in 1999.
originally posted by: TEOTWAWKIAIFF
a reply to: ketsuko
I watch either PBS or BBC as the psychic onslaught of the elections was too much.
Shame we lost another journalist. Morley Safer, Ed Bradley, and Gwen Iffil in one year. Sad news indeed.