Her steady hand and quick mind will be deeply missed by us all.” — Neal Shapiro, President and CEO of WNET
Paula Kerger, president and CEO of PBS, said Ifill was “a fundamental reason public media is considered a trusted window on the world,” in coverage by NPR.
Condolences from Politicians
Condolences on Twitter came from across the political divide. USA Today shared tweets from officials of the Republican and Democratic parties, Kellyanne Conway from the Donald Trump campaign, and former presidential candidate Ben Carson.
President Barack Obama tweeted a message on behalf of himself and First Lady Michelle Obama:
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) November 14, 2016
Fellow Journalists Pay Respects to Ifill
Ifill has worked in both print and broadcast journalism. Her newspaper work includes years at the Baltimore Evening Sun (1981–84), The Washington Post (1984–1991), and The New York Times (1991–94). She worked at NBC prior to becoming the moderator of the PBS program Washington Week in Review in 2009. She served as co-anchor and co-managing editor with Judy Woodruff on PBS News Hour since August 6, 2013. She most recently co-hosted special PBS NewsHour coverage of the Democratic and Republican conventions in 2016.
Condolences from fellow broadcast journalists and hosts included tweets from Tavis Smiley, Chuck Todd, Wolf Blitzer, Bob Woodruff, Tamron Hall and Lester Holt.
— Tavis Smiley (@tavissmiley) November 14, 2016
— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) November 14, 2016
Gwen Ifill was my good friend. I will miss her. May she Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/sB7zUIj93d
— Wolf Blitzer (@wolfblitzer) November 14, 2016
— Bob Woodruff (@BobWoodruff) November 14, 2016
Heartbroken to learn Gwen Ifill has passed away. She was my hero, a woman who deserved all the praise she received. Honest and true
— Tamron Hall (@tamronhall) November 14, 2016
Very sad to learn we have lost Gwen Ifill. Gwen represented the best of broadcast journalism. Our hearts are broken.
— Lester Holt (@LesterHoltNBC) November 14, 2016
Washington Week with Gwen Ifill has posted scores of photos of Ifill throughout her life, and invites viewers to email their personal tributes to the program.
Words of Wisdom from Gwen Ifill
There are many things to learn from Gwen Ifill. She shared her words of wisdom about journalism and how to be a moderator in a Presidential debate in these videos, below.
“Read, Read, Read”
What is the future of journalism?
What should the role of the moderator be?
“Every debate moderator tries to figure a way to get past the speeches,” Gwen Ifill, moderator of the VP debates in 2004 and 2008, told students at Colorado College in September, 2016. “It’s a rare opportunity to see a contrast between the two candidates on any issue.”