Gwen Ifill, who wrote for some of the country’s premier newspapers before transitioning to broadcast journalism and making her greatest mark “as one of the most prominent TV anchors of her generation, died Nov. 14 at a hospice center in Washington. She was 61” reports The Washington Post.
According to The Post:
““The PBS NewsHour,” the program she co-anchored with Judy Woodruff, announced the death and said the cause was cancer. Ms. Ifill also was moderator of PBS’s “Washington Week” roundtable public affairs show. Earlier this year, she moderated a Democratic primary debate, but her ill health led to several leaves of absence from her PBS hosting duties.
“Woodruff called Ms. Ifill a consummate communicator who exuded “the rare combination of authority and warmth. She came through the screen as a friend to people who watched her, but she also displayed the authority for people to believe you, to have credibility.””
Family, friends and colleagues will gather at Metropolitan AME Church for community tributes to Ifill on Friday, Nov. 18, starting at 6 p.m. The Rev. Dr. Ronald E. Braxton, Presiding Elder of the Potomac District, Washington Conference and a former pastor of Metropolitan, will preside over the tributes.
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