Much of the rhetoric during the 2016 presidential election led to further fractures in an already deeply divided nation, but as Kathy and Ed told us in battleground state Colorado, Washington Week was the show to watch to step away from the noise and get “understanding without all the hype.” For 50 years, that’s been the mission of the program. Thanks for watching!
For 50 years, Washington Week has featured the nation’s top journalists sharing their reporting and analysis on the biggest stories of the week. That’s what one long-time viewer appreciates most. “It's a great way to keep up with news and get inside information on what's going on in Washington and politics across the nation and internationally,” Tim told us outside our town hall in Cleveland.
President Trump delivered his first address to Congress since taking office just over a month ago. The president pointed to his accomplishments in his first 40 days and offered his vision for strengthening the military, replacing the Affordable Care Act, investing in infrastructure and changing the immigration system.
When Verna started watching Washington Week as a teenager in 1967, her mother made her "sit there and watch." Well, 50 years later, the tradition stuck. Verna says she grew to love the show, especially in the last 10 years. Thanks for watching!
We at the PBS NewsHour and Washington Week lost our dear colleague, Gwen Ifill, to cancer on Monday. During her life, she often was called upon to discuss journalism, barriers and how to burst through them, and sometimes just react to something fun.
Gwen Ifill was moderator and managing editor of "Washington Week" and co-anchor and managing editor of the "PBS NewsHour." The best-selling author of "The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama," Gwen covered seven presidential campaigns and moderated two vice presidential debates.