“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Passing of Gwen Ifill…

Posted on November 15, 2016 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here… gwen_ifill_-_pbs_newshour

  Gwen Ifill was one of the most prominent African-American journalists in the country. She was the trailblazing host and managing editor of the PBS roundtable talk show, Washington Week, as well as co-anchor of PBS NewsHour — a job she shared with Judy Woodruff since 2013. She was a veteran Washington journalist who covered seven presidential campaigns, and moderated the vice presidential debates in 2004 and 2008. She also moderated a Democratic debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in 2015. Gwen won pop-culture recognition when she was parodied on Saturday Night Live, with host Queen Latifah portraying the journalist as a debate moderator.                                 GWEN IFILL —>

   Ifill started her journalism career as a print reporter for the Baltimore Evening Sun and Boston Herald American. She went on to become a national political reporter for the  Washington Post, and White House correspondent for the New York Times. Her initial job on television was with NBC news.

    Ifill was absent from PBS’s election coverage last week because of ongoing health concerns. She also took a leave of absence in May to address those issues. At the time of her passing, she served on various boards, including Committee to Protect Journalists, Harvard Institute of PoliticsUniversity of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism, and Museum of Television and Radio. She was getting from Columbia University the 2016 John Chancellor Award on Wednesday. A school spokesperson did not immediately have a comment.

   She became the best-selling author of The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama. The work was published in 2009.

   Gwen Ifill was 61.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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