An Evening With Gwen Ifill

Saturday 11/8/2014

Library of Congress

Washington, D.C

Gwen Ifill

Gwen Ifill is moderator and managing editor of Washington Week and a co-anchor and managing editor of the PBS NewsHour. She is also the best-selling author of The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama. Ms. Ifill reports on a wide range of issues including both foreign affairs and U.S. politics and policies. She has covered six presidential campaigns and moderated two vice presidential debates -- the 2004 debate between Republican Dick Cheney and Democrat John Edwards and the 2008 debate between Democratic Senator Joe Biden and Republican Governor Sarah Palin. Ifill joined both Washington Week and The NewsHour in 1999, interviewing newsmakers and reporting on issues ranging from foreign affairs to politics. In doing so, Ifill became the first African American woman to host a prominent political talk show. Before moving to PBS, Ifill spent five years at NBC News as chief congressional and political correspondent and still appears on Meet the Press. Ifill has also had a successful career as a newspaper reporter. Prior to her 1994 move to NBC, Ifill worked at The New York Times where she covered the White House and politics. She also covered national and local affairs for The Washington Post, Baltimore Evening Sun, and the Boston Herald American. “I always knew I wanted to be a journalist, and my first love was newspapers,” Ifill said. “But public broadcasting provides the best of both worlds—combining the depth of newspapering with the immediate impact of broadcast television.” Ifill has received more than a dozen honorary doctorates and is the recipient of several broadcasting excellence awards including honors from the National Press Foundation, Ebony Magazine, the Radio Television News Directors Association, and American Women in Radio and Television. A native of New York City and graduate of Simmons College in Boston, Ifill serves on the board of the Committee to Protect Journalists, the Harvard University Institute of Politics, and the News Literacy Project. Ifill also interviewed Diahann Carroll, Quincy Jones, Eartha Kitt, and Smokey Robinson for The HistoryMakers’ popular annual PBS-TV series An Evening With…