The US has lost a remarkable veteran, award- winning journalist when PBS Newshour co-anchor Gwen Ifill died last Monday at 61.
PBS confirmed that the cause of death is cancer but the network did not give any specifics.
However, WWLP’s 22News says Ifill “reportedly succumbed to endometrial cancer.”
“It is with extreme sadness that we share the news that Gwen Ifill passed away earlier today surrounded by family and friends,” PBS president Paula Kerger said in a statement.
Political leaders, leading journalists mourn Ifill’s death. Kerger notes that Ifill is “one of America’s leading lights in journalism.”
“She often said that her job was to bring light rather than heat to issues of importance to our society. Gwen did this with grace and a steadfast commitment to excellence,” Kerger adds.
The news of Gwen Ifill Dead spread quickly and many political leaders and journalists mourned her passing.
Even US President Obama recognized Ifill as “an extraordinary journalist” who “did her country a great service.”
“I always appreciated Gwen’s reporting, even when I was at the receiving end of one of her tough and thorough interviews,” the President said during a White House briefing.
The Atlantic Editor-in –chief Jeffrey Goldberg tweets, “My heart is broken. Gwen Ifill is one of the greats.”
“The extraordinarily timed and intelligent Gwen Ifill has passed away from cancer. I will so miss her impeccable character and friendship,” Katie Couric.
Ifill A Powerful Role Model, Obama Says
“She was an especially powerful role model for young women and girls who admired her integrity, her tenacity and her intellect and for whom she blazed a trail,” he adds.
Ifill went on leave in April due to health reasons. She returned to her hosting duties in May but she was unable to cover Election Night.
The award-winning journalist is also the managing editor of PBS Newshour. She also served as moderator and managing editor of PBS Washington Week.
Ifill served as moderator of one of the Democratic presidential debates between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. She also interviewed President Barack Obama in a town hall format event in June.
She had moderated two vice presidential debates. These are the 2004 debate between Republican Dick Cheney and Democrat John Edwards and the debate between Democrat Joe Biden and Republican Sarah Palin. She also wrote the book “The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.”
She received many awards, including the 2016 John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism. This award is given to a reporter with courage and integrity for cumulative professional accomplishments.”
Before she went to PBS, she worked for NBC News, The New York Times and The Washington Post.