About Gwen

Gwen Ifill

 GWEN IFILL is moderator and managing editor of "Washington Week" and co-anchor and managing editor of the "PBS NewsHour."  She is also the best-selling author of "The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama," (Doubleday, 2009).

Gwen reports on a wide range of issues from foreign affairs to U.S. politics and policies interviewing national and international newsmakers.  She has covered seven Presidential campaigns and moderated two vice presidential debates -- in 2004 the debate between Republican Dick Cheney and Democrat John Edwards and in 2008 the debate between Democratic Senator Joe Biden and Republican Governor Sarah Palin.

I always knew I wanted to be a journalist, and my first love was newspapers. But public broadcasting provides the best of both worlds, combining the depth of newspapers with the immediate impact of broadcast television."

Each week on "Washington Week," Gwen leads a robust roundtable discussion with award-winning journalists who provide reporting and analysis of the major stories emanating from the nation’s capital.  Now in its 47th year on the air, "Washington Week" is the longest-running prime-time news and public affairs program on television.

During the 2008 presidential campaign season "Washington Week" launched a 10-city series of road shows across America with live audiences.  The regular broadcasts and whistle-stop series earned "Washington Week" a 2008 Peabody Award.  In honoring "Washington Week" the committee cited the program for "its reasoned, reliable contribution to the national discourse,"  and as the gold standard "for public-affairs enthusiasts who prefer illumination to confrontational fireworks."  In 2012, Washington Week again hit the road for a series of broadcasts, this time to three cities across America allowing the live audience to interact with Gwen and her weekly panelists on the issues surrounding the election year.

Before coming to PBS in 1999, Gwen 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. Her work as a journalist has been honored by the Radio and Television News Directors Association, Harvard’s Joan Shorenstein Center, Ebony Magazine and Boston’s Ford Hall Forum.

Gwen has received more than 20 honorary doctorates and currently serves on the boards of the News Literacy Project, the Committee to Protect Journalists, and she is a fellow with the American Academy of Sciences. A native of New York City, Gwen graduated from Simmons College in Boston.