Washington Week moderator Gwin Ifill has died at age 61.
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America Loses Gwen Ifill

Fair. Respected. Admired. Loved.

That is Gwen Ifill.

The Washington Week moderator, and co-anchor of PBS NewsHour, died today, after a battle with cancer, at age 61.

After writing for one of the country’s premier newspapers, she transitioned to broadcast journalism and became one of the most prominent African American panelists and moderators of her generation.

She became especially well known to Americans after moderating the 2008 vice presidential debate between Sen. Joe Biden and Gov. Sarah Palin.


Ifill, who was absent last week during election coverage, was set to receive the 2016 John Chancellor Award from Columbia University this Wednesday.

“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. “We will forever miss her terribly.”

About Jim Heath

Jim Heath is the author of the new best seller Front Row Seat at the Circus - One Journalist's Journey through Two Presidential Elections. The book is about Jim's experiences covering the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns - from South Carolina, the first southern primary state, to Ohio, the ultimate battleground state in presidential elections. A recipient of the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism, Jim is also a two-time Emmy award winner with more than 15 years experience as both a main evening anchor and political reporter. A longtime advocate of social media, GQ Magazine listed Jim on their Top 5 political "Power List" and the Washington Post named him to their "Best Super Tuesday Twitter List." Jim's news career has taken him from Arizona to South Carolina to Ohio.

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