Kia Murphy

Monday, Nov. 14, 2016

Gwen Ifill, host of PBS NewsHour dies

PHOENIX – The 61-year-old journalist and co-host of PBS NewsHour Gwen Ifill has died after a battle with cancer. According to a PBS statement , Ifill had been in treatment for “several months.”

Ifill was also known as the moderator of PBS’ Washington Week, a position she held for several years. After a successful career with the Baltimore Evening Sun and the Boston Herald American, Ifill moved to the Washington Post and later, The New York Times.

With a career spanning more than 30 years, Ifill brought her expertise to a Cronkite Day panel hosted at the Newseum in Washington D.C. this September for the celebration of Walter Cronkite’s 100th birthday.

While discussing young people and the role of public broadcasting in today’s media, Ifill said, “I would be despairing of my craft, of my profession, if I didn’t think there was another generation that was coming along to do it the right way. And to teach me things.”

Ifill was also associated with the News Literacy Project, a program that teaches high school students and other consumers how to listen for truthful news. At the Newseum, Ifill spoke about the importance of teaching the next generation the basics of journalism.

“We want to be able to step away from this and make sure it’s still genuine and real,” she said. “We want to raise another generation of people who know that there’s a way to tell the story.”

Sara Just, an executive producer of PBS NewsHour said, “We will forever miss her terribly.”