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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.

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.

Gwen on PBS Newshour

Reps. Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

House approves permanent fix for Medicare doctor payment

March 26, 2015
For more than a decade, doctors who treat Medicare patients have been threatened with pay cuts due to a faulty formula of how doctors are reimbursed. But in a rare bipartisan agreement, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a deal to permanently end the problem and reward quality of care, not quantity. Gwen Ifill learns more from Mary Agnes Carey of Kaiser Health News.
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

Supreme Court tests EPA’s limits on mercury air pollution

March 25, 2015
The Supreme Court heard arguments over federal pollution mandates. The EPA says its limits on toxic contaminants like mercury in power plant emissions are vital to human health, but energy producers are arguing the EPA didn’t take costs into consideration when the limits were created. Gwen Ifill gets debate from Vickie Patton of the Environmental Defense Fund and David Rivkin of BakerHostetler.
Supreme Court
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

Supreme Court weighs in on accommodations for pregnant workers, Alabama redistricting

March 25, 2015
The Supreme Court released two significant decisions on Wednesday. In one, the court revived a lawsuit by a UPS worker who sued her employer after she was put on unpaid leave when she could not perform normal duties because she was pregnant. In another, the justices split 5-4 over voter redistricting in Alabama. Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal joins Gwen Ifill to discuss the cases.

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