Gwen Ifill is moderator and managing editor of "Washington Week" and co-anchor and managing editor for "The PBS NEWSHOUR w/ Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff."
The best-selling author of "The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama," (Doubleday, 2009), she also moderated the Vice Presidential debates during the Presidential elections in 2004 and 2008.
Gwen has covered seven Presidential campaigns, and during the 2008 campaign season, won the George Foster Peabody Award after bringing Washington Week to live audiences around the country as part of a 10-city tour.
Now in its 47th year, Washington Week is the longest-running prime-time news and public affairs program on television. Each week, Gwen brings together some of the best journalists in Washington to discuss the major stories of the week with the reporters who actually cover the news that emanates from the nation's capital and affects the nation and the world.
Gwen joined both Washington Week and The NewsHour in 1999, interviewing newsmakers and reporting on issues ranging from foreign affairs to politics. Before coming to PBS, she was chief congressional and political correspondent for NBC News, White House correspondent for The New York Times, and a local and national political reporter for The Washington Post. She also reported for the 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."
A native of New York City and a graduate of Simmons College in Boston, Ifill has received more than twenty honorary doctorates. She has also been honored for her work by the Radio and Television News Directors Association, Harvard's Joan Shorenstein Center, The National Association of Black Journalists, Ohio University, and was included in Ebony Magazine's list of 150 Most Influential African Americans.
She also serves on the board of the News Literacy Project, on the advisory board of the Committee to Protect Journalists and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Gwen's Most Recent Stories
- July 17, 2015
For me, by far the most eye-opening revelation in the early stages of this 2016 campaign is the sheer breadth of diversity in the field.
Count it up. Two women. Two Cuban Americans. One African American. Candidates hailing from California to New Jersey; from Vermont to Texas.
Some of them aren’t even millionaires. Continue reading →
- July 3, 2015
The U.S. Census has officially concluded that the majority of Americans under the age of 5 are children of color. Yet we still live in a world where our continuing tugs of war over identity periodically explode into incomprehensible violence and resentment. As the next generation comes of age, it is more important than ever that we learn to see each other. Continue reading →
- June 26, 2015
If there is one question I get every time I speak to young, aspiring journalists, it is this: How do you keep your opinion/bias/emotion out of the story you’re covering? My answer has been pretty straightforward: Keep an open mind, and it won’t be a problem. And then Charleston happened. Continue reading →
- Gwen’s Take: A blacksmith and a gamer walk into a bar … What you didn’t know about the 2016 candidatesJune 5, 2015
In my business we’re often criticized for focusing too heavily on the horse race nature of a political campaign. This is often a fair and just criticism. We do it because it’s easy, and because sometimes it’s fun. Here’s the hard part: telling people what they actually need to know. Continue reading →