Acclaimed journalist Gwen Ifill plays a central role in the pivotal news and public affairs series on PBS. Her role as co-host of Flashpoints USA with Bryant Gumbel and Gwen Ifill expands her portfolio of key broadcast news positions.
Ifill holds two of the most highly respected posts in her field. She is moderator and managing editor of Washington Week, the longest-running public affairs program on public television, and senior correspondent for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.
For Washington Week, Ifill oversees a public television tradition launched in 1967 an insightful, reasoned discussion of the top news stories with a rotating panel of the country's best journalists. Under Ifill's stewardship, the program has ventured outside of Washington, reporting from sites of crucial issues, as well as offering unprecedented coverage of Election 2000. Washington Week is distinguished by its stellar contributors not pundits, but the reporters who actually cover the news.
On the The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, PBS's nightly newscast, Ifill is a familiar presence as both a correspondent and a moderator. She helps provide its trademark in-depth coverage of current events with a unique mix of informed debates, comprehensive interviews, and expansive feature stories.
Prior to joining PBS in 1999, Ifill served at NBC News for five years as chief congressional and political correspondent. While at NBC she covered the premier political stories affecting the nation for NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, Today, Meet the Press and MSNBC.
Ifill's journalistic roots are grounded in the print realm. She was a reporter at The New York Times, where she covered the White House and politics, The Washington Post, where her focus was national and local affairs, The Baltimore Evening Sun, and The Boston Herald American.
Ifill, 47, grew up in New York City. She is a graduate of Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts and has also received eight honorary degrees. She serves on the board of the Harvard University Institute of Politics and the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism.