Veteran Journalist Gwen Ifill Passes On

By Ikenga Chronicles November 15, 2016

Veteran journalist, Gwen Ifill who has  for three decades covered the White House, Congress and National Campaign for Washington Post,  The New York Times, NBC and, most prominently, PBS, died on Monday at a hospice in Washington. She was 61.

The cause was complications of uterine cancer, her brother Roberto said.

Ms. Ifill–a woman–achieved a great feat in the field of journalism dominated by white men.

Last spring, she and Ms. Woodruff were the moderators of a Democratic primary debate between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders, reprising a role that Ms. Ifill had performed solo between sparring vice-presidential candidates in the 2004 and 2008 general election campaigns.

She also wrote The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama, a book published the day President Obama was inaugurated in 2009.

Before her death, Ms. Ifill had taken a month-long leave from her PBS programs this year without disclosing her medical condition. She went on leave again a week ago, missing election-night coverage.

On Oct. 7, though, in an online column for PBS titled “The End Is in Sight,” she volunteered some parting wisdom for candidates that, unwittingly, might have proved prescient for Mrs. Clinton.

“Once a candidate, they can no longer claim outsider status, and he or she begins to look more ambitious than chaste,” Ms. Ifill wrote. “Hillary Clinton was a popular secretary of state, but now she is just Hillary Clinton. There’s something about actually wanting a thing that makes voters think less of you.”

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