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Remembering Gwen Ifill

Gwen Ifill (1955-2016)

It is with extremely heavy hearts that we must share that our dear friend and beloved colleague Gwen Ifill passed away Monday, November 14, 2016 following several months of cancer treatment. She was surrounded by loving family and many friends whom we ask that you keep in your thoughts and prayers.

In the words of Sharon Percy Rockefeller, President & CEO of WETA, "Gwen was an extraordinary and special person — one of the nation's leading lights in journalism, a gracious and inspiring colleague, and a warm and steadfast friend. As she bravely battled cancer, Gwen was lifted by the well wishes, flowers and emails from so many who love and respect her. My heart truly goes out to her and her wonderful family. Earlier today, I conveyed to Gwen the devoted love and affection of all of us at WETA/NewsHour. Let us hold Gwen and her family even closer now in our hearts and prayers. I have loved knowing and working with Gwen and will always cherish her memory."

To honor Gwen’s memory, WETA established the Gwen Ifill Fund for Journalism Excellence. WETA is a 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions to the Gwen Ifill Fund for Journalism Excellence at WETA are fully tax deductible.

To make a gift in memory of Gwen, you may:

  • Contact WETA at 703-998-1834 
  • Visit
  • Send a gift to WETA, In Memoriam, 3939 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, Virginia 22206

Tributes and News Reports

Washington Week: Remembering Gwen Ifill

PBS NewsHour: What Gwen Ifill meant to us

NPR: Remembrances: Journalist Gwen Ifill: In Her Own Words

The Washington Post: Gwen Ifill, who overcame barriers as a black female journalist, dies at 61

The Washington Post: Journalists flood Twitter with tributes to PBS’s Gwen Ifill, dead at 61

The New York Times: Gwen Ifill, Award-Winning Political Reporter and Author, Dies at 61

The New York Times: The Life and Example of Gwen Ifill by David Brooks

The New York Times: The Grace of Gwen Ifill by Brent Staples

New York Daily News: Iconic TV journalist Gwen Ifill never failed to report for duty

Boston Globe: PBS anchor Gwen Ifill dies at age 61

USA Today: Prominent PBS journalist Gwen Ifill dies

USA Today: Political world mourns journalist Gwen Ifill

C-Span: President Obama Pays Tribute To Gwen Ifill

CBS News: Gwen Ifill, "PBS NewsHour" anchor, is dead at 61

NBC News: Gwen Ifill, Renowned Journalist and Author, Dies at 61

NBC News: Remembering Gwen Ifill: Trailblazer, Icon, Mentor and Friend by Amber Payne

ABC News: PBS Anchor Gwen Ifill Dies at 61

FOX: PBS anchor Gwen Ifill dead at 61

BBC: Veteran US journalist Gwen Ifill dies aged 61

FORBES: Gwen Ifill Remembered: Journalist, Colleague, Inspiration by John Baldoni

Daily Beast: Gwen Ifill Dead at 61

Variety: Gwen Ifill, Longtime PBS Journalist, Dies at 61

TIME: Longtime PBS Journalist Gwen Ifill Dead at 61

Entertainment Weekly: Veteran journalist Gwen Ifill dies at 61

Politico: Gwen Ifill dead at age 61

REUTERS: U.S. journalist and PBS anchor Gwen Ifill dies at 61

AP: PBS Journalist Gwen Ifill Dies of Cancer Five Things to Know About Gwen Ifill

CNN's Reliable Sources: Gwen Ifill, 1955-2016

The Atlantic: What Gwen Ifill Knew About Race in America

The Boston Globe: Gwen Ifill made them answer

The Undefeated: In appreciation: Gwen Ifill, 1955-2016

The Highbury Clock: Ode to PBS's Gwen Ifill

Afro American: Gwen Ifill, Journalism Pioneer, Was Mentor to Many

Bloomberg: Remembering Journalist Gwen Ifill: Charlie Rose

St. Louis Public Radio: Friday: Behind the Headlines — Remembering Gwen Ifill

Orlando Sentinel: Gwen Ifill: Her only interest was truth. We need her more than ever by Russ Kesler

The New York Times, Times Insider: 1992 | Gwen Ifill’s Cleareyed Coverage of Bill Clinton

Boston Herald: Gelzinis: Long before PBS, Gwen Ifill was an unforgettable presence

The Duquesne Duke: Ifill’s resilience, intelligence remembered

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Gwen Ifill’s legacy: The top journalist transcended race and gender

The Baltimore Sun: Remembering Gwen Ifill and a crazy debate in Baltimore

The Charlotte Observer: Gwen Ifill, a journalist full of integrity, skill

The Greeneville Sun: Gwen Ifill's Legacy: Mentor, Journalism At Its Best

The Independent: CARTOON: “For Gwen Ifill”

The Huffington Post: Remembering Gwen Ifill

Columbia Journalism Review: Prize recognizes Gwen Ifill for courage and integrity

ThinkProgress: We lost Gwen Ifill too soon — and just when we needed her the most

Erik Wemple: Gwen Ifill set the stage

Boston Herald: Trailblazing journalist Gwen Ifill left huge legacy in Boston by Jessica Heslam

Poynter: I was unsure about journalism. Then, Gwen Ifill told me ‘you better go for it’ by Elizabeth Adetiba

Alaska Dispatch News: Gwen Ifill fought racism, sexism with imagination 

The Buffalo News: City Hallways (Nov. 16) "She really had an impact on the world," councilman said of Gwen Ifill

The Free Press: From Offshore: In memory of Gwen Ifill by Eva Murray

The Mike Gallagher Show: Gwen Ifill had same type of cancer that caused my wife’s death. Ladies, please know the symptoms

Tannenbaum: Gwen Ifill – A Lost Voice for Truth and Civility 

AARP: Bidding Farewell to Gwen Ifill

AARP: Gwen Ifill’s Death Puts the Spotlight on Endometrial Cancer

Arizona Public Media: Remembering Gwen Ifill

The Hour: Gwen Ifill will be missed

Tribune: Page: Why we will miss Gwen Ifill

The New Yorker: Postscript: Gwen Ifill by Jelani Cobb

History News Network: A Personal Tribute to Gwen Ifill by Arica L. Coleman

Chicago Now: Notes on the death of gifted journalist Gwen Ifill

WBUR: One Of The Greats, Gone: An Appreciation Of Gwen Ifill

WBUR: Remembering Gwen Ifill, Pioneering Journalist

Fortune: Can Gwen Ifill’s Death Spur Cancer Innovation?

New York Daily News: An anchor in stormy seas: Gwen Ifill, 1955-2016

ColorLines: People of Color, Celebs React to Gwen Ifill's Death

The Beacon: Opinion: Brainteasers in memory of Gwen Ifill by Aziz Inan

NewsOne: NewsOne Now Reflects On The Life Of Award-Winning Journalist Gwen Ifill



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