Gwen's PBS NewsHour Reports

Click below to read and watch a selection of Gwen's reports and analysis on the PBS NewsHour.

PBS Newshour: Justice Department aims to rebuild trust in police with community engagement initiative

Fri, 09/19/2014

In the wake of the death of an unarmed black teenager at the hands of police in Ferguson, Missouri, the Justice Department is launching a $5 million initiative to foster better relationships between communities and their police departments. Gwen Ifill talks to Tracie Keesee of the Center for Policing Equity and Ronald Hampton of the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia.

PBS Newshour: Is Obama right to rule out U.S. ground combat against Islamic State?

Thu, 09/18/2014

Can the U.S. rely on the Iraqi military and moderate Syrian rebels to eliminate the threat of the Islamic State? Gwen Ifill gets two views from former Defense Department official Janine Davidson and retired Col. Derek Harvey, a former Army intelligence officer, on the chances of destroying the militant group without U.S. ground troops.

PBS Newshour: Susan Rice on arming Syrian rebels, keeping U.S. combat forces out of the fight against Islamic State

Fri, 09/12/2014

National Security Advisor Susan Rice joins Gwen Ifill to discuss what’s at stake in the fight against Islamic militants, the potential for arming the moderate Syrian opposition and why the administration doesn’t want to put boots on the ground in Iraq or Syria.

PBS Newshour: Shields and Brooks on the president’s speech

Thu, 09/11/2014

In a prime-time address Wednesday night, President Barack Obama tried to rally Americans to fight the Islamic State militant group operating out of Iraq and Syria. Reaction to the president’s speech and policy ranged from support to skepticism to questions of a lack of specifics.

PBS Newshour: Senators debate the president’s power to launch fight against the Islamic State

Wed, 09/10/2014

President Obama has consulted key lawmakers on his strategy against the Islamic State group and polls show the American public supports action. But the president has not sought formal congressional approval for an expanded military campaign. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., and Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., join Gwen Ifill to offer their views on the possible mission against the militant group.