Gwen Ifill Tributes and Career Highlights

Christina Knight | November 18, 2016

Gwen IfillGwen Ifill, Co-Anchor and Managing Editor of PBS NewsHour and Moderator and Managing Editor of Washington Week, passed away on November 14 at the age of 61 after a battle with cancer. Watch remembrances and tributes to Gwen, as well as her own career reflections and highlights in the videos, below.

Remembering Gwen Ifill

Some fans only discovered Gwen Ifill in the past year while seeking trusted public media news about the presidential race and conventions. Others have followed her career since her days as print journalist, or as a commentator on Meet the Press on NBC.

Ifill’s Career in Jouralism


On the day of her death, the evening broadcast of PBS NewsHour shared this look back at Gwen’s life and remarkable career in journalism.

Gwen Ifill’s First Washington Week Broadcast

In 2014, Washington Week with Gwen Ifill celebrated 15 years with Gwen Ifill as the moderator (she was once a regular panelist on the show) by sharing this broadcast from October 1, 1999, Ifill’s first as moderator.

Gwen Ifill on Moderating a Vice Presidential Debate

Gwen Ifill moderated the debate between Sarah Palin and Joe Biden in 2014. Here she shares a tactic she used as a moderator when faced with opposition to the role itself.

Gwen Ifill on Meet the Press

In 2007, Meet the Press panelist Gwen Ifill criticized the host, a fellow panelist and other journalists who did not speak out against radio host Don Imus for making a racist slur directed at the Rutgers University Women’s basketball team. CBS fired Imus a week after he made the remarks.

Viewer and Social Media Responses


PBS NewsHour compiled this video featuring viewer’s voicemail messages regarding Gwen Ifill, social media statements from president-elect Donald J. Trump’s to Gabrielle Giffords’, and commencement speeches Ifill has made. See more condolences expressed over social media, and other remembrances on the site of Washington Week with Gwen Ifill.

President Obama’s Remarks to the Press

On the day of her death, President Obama acknowledged Gwen Ifill as both an extraordinary journalist and friend in remarks to the press.

Gynecological Cancers


Gwen Ifill died of endometrial cancer, also known as uterine cancer. More than 50,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with this cancer each year. In this segment from PBS NewsHour, where Ifill was Co-Host and Managing Editor until her death, Hari Sreenivasan talks to Dr. Angela Marshall of the Black Women’s Health Imperative and Dr. Karen Lu of the MD Anderson Cancer Center to discuss what’s being done to diagnose and treat gynecological cancers.