Gwen Ifill Dead PBS Newshour Host Dies

PBS Newshour's Gwen Ifill Dead at 61

PBS political reporter and vice-presidential-debate moderator Gwen Ifill died Monday in hospice care after a battle with cancer. She was 61.

In April, Ifill took a leave from her position as the moderator and managing editor of Washington Week and co-anchor of PBS Newshour to address some health issues. At the time, a representative from the network said doctors were “encouraged with her progress, and she hopes to be back in the saddle as soon as possible.”

As late as early November, Ifill was at least in consideration for Election Night coverage: Political analyst Jeff Greenfield tweeted on Nov. 5 that he was looking forward to being on-air with Ifill and PBS’ Judy Woodruff on the big night. On Nov. 7, PBS updated its website to note Ifill’s upcoming absence.

Throughout her career, Ifill covered seven presidential campaigns and moderated two vice-presidential debates: in 2004 between Dick Cheney and John Edwards, and in 2008 between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin.

Prior to joining PBS, Ifill was chief congressional and political correspondent for NBC News and White House correspondent for The New York Times. She also reported for The Washington Post, the Baltimore Evening Sun and the Boston Herald American.

“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,” PBS NewsHour executive producer Sara Just said in a statement obtained by Politico. “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.”

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29 Comments
  1. bobbi6484 says:

    I am shocked! Had no idea she was that ill. I will truly miss her. God bless, Gwen. RIP

  2. Carol C says:

    So sorry to hear this news. I highly respected her.

  3. GuessWhat says:

    Shocking. RIP!

  4. Regina says:

    SO VERY SAD! We need her now more than ever. May God give her friends and family the strength to get through this difficult time. She was a glorious role model and a light in a world that is often dark. Rest in peace, Gwen

  5. opus says:

    A wonderful lady and a journalist to truly admire. We will miss you Gwen! RIP!

  6. Lisa Pritchett says:

    Sad to hear it. RIP.

  7. Brad says:

    So sorry condolences go to her family. Always loved watching her report and comment very intelligent lady. Will miss her.

  8. Joey says:

    Just read this on Huffington Post as well. Very sad news, indeed.

  9. l highly respected her as an outstanding Journalist, kept watching PBS because of her
    Reporting …. already missing her a lot!!! RIP Gwen….. One of the few best!

  10. WOW, really? OMG, this is so very sad. R.I.P.
    I can’t wait until a cure is found. I HATE CANCER!

  11. H says:

    At least she lived enought to see Trump become president.

  12. James D. Boyer says:

    Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff have done such wonderful things together on PBS News Hour. My sympathy goes to Judy, who has lost a wonderful partner. I hope she continues their work on the evening news.

  13. Carol Pettit says:

    Rest in peace. .you will be missed

  14. TvPeong says:

    May she rest in peace

  15. Lina says:

    such a professional. She was a role model and she will be missed.

  16. MMD says:

    Rest in peace Gwen and condolences to your family, friends and c co-workers, Your influence on female journalists and journalism will be felt for many decades to come.

    Once again, 2016 truly sucks!!!!!!!!.

  17. Peggy Wimberley says:

    The loss of Gwen Ifill is a loss for all of us

  18. TrickyGreyArea says:

    I am so shocked and saddened by this. I noticed she had taken some time off recently, but had no idea she was ill. She was a class act and will be truly missed.

  19. badgamer 1967 says:

    RIP to one of the last great Journalists on television

  20. herman1959 says:

    I can’t get over this; RIP Gwen.

  21. Alex Meyer says:

    R.I.P.

  22. HAP says:

    I’m stunned and saddened that such a great talent was taken way too soon. RIP, wonderful person.

  23. John Meriweather says:

    I’m sadden to hear of Gwen Ifill’s passing She was such a beautiful person who made watching the news enjoyable.
    It’s so important to let your family and friends know how much they mean to you. My Condolences and Prayers goes out to her family and friends.

  24. Holly Kaczmarski says:

    I am so very sad at the death of Gwen Ifill. She was a marvelous woman, an excellent commentator, and an intelligent woman who did her job with the utmost integrity. She will be missed especially at this time during the past divisive election. She will be missed but always remembered.