Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Gwen Ifill's Legacy the Top Journalist Transcended Race and Gender

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Gwen Ifill's Legacy the Top Journalist Transcended Race and Gender

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When Gwen Ifill, the co-anchor of "PBS NewsHour," died Monday after a two-year battle with cancer, accolades from fellow journalists and political figures poured in. Ms. Ifill, who was 61, broke down barriers of race and gender at a time when the news industry was just beginning to understand the importance of diverse news staffs.

She began her distinguished career as a print journalist whose byline graced The Baltimore Sun, The Washington Post and The New York Times. In 1994, NBC newsman Tim Russert encouraged Ms. Ifill to leave print for a career in broadcast journalism. Hired by NBC, Ms. Ifill covered Capitol Hill for five years until 1999, when she moved to PBS to host "Washington Week."

In doing so, Ms. Ifill became the first black woman to host a major political talk show. …

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