Existing comment: In Memoriam
Gwen Ifill
Groundbreaking Journalist

Gwen Ifill, author, moderator and managing editor of PBS's "Washington Week," and one of the most prominent journalists in the country, died Nov. 14, 2016, in Washington. She was 61.

President Barack Obama said, "She was an extraordinary journalist. She always kept faith with the fundamental responsibilities of her profession, asking tough questions, holding people in power accountable and defending a strong and free press that makes our democracy work."

In 2013, Ifill and Judy Woodruff made history as the first female co-anchor team of a network news broadcast on "PBS NewsHouse." Ifill covered seven presidential campaigns and moderated the vice presidential debates in 2004 and 2008. She began her journalism career at the Boston Herald American and also worked for The Washington Post, The New York Times and NBC News.

In 2013, Ifill received the Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in Journalism in recognition of her lifetime of work promoting quality journalism and the First Amendment.
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