Gwen Ifill | Washington Week

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 50th 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

Gwen's NewsHour Reports

The state of safety and civil rights progress for black Americans today

September 22, 2016
Charlotte and Tulsa are the most recent in a long list of cities that have mourned and protested deadly police shootings against black Americans. Gwen Ifill speaks with author and activist Andre Perry, Rashad Robinson, executive director of Color of Change, and Vanessa De Luca, editor-in-chief of Essence Magazine about what these acts of violence suggest about life in the black community today.
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

Gary Johnson on the rules keeping him off the debate stage

September 21, 2016
Former governor and Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson is polling the highest of third-party candidates, although he did not qualify for the upcoming first debate. He speaks with Gwen Ifill about what he sees as unfair election polling, how he would do away with the “added layer of bureaucracy” that is the Department of Homeland Security and the Black Lives Matter movement.
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

At new museum, relics and treasures reveal U.S. history through African-American lens

September 21, 2016
One hundred years in the making, the National Museum of African American History and Culture will open on Saturday in Washington. The museum presents history through objects both celebratory and sobering -- showcasing everything from Michael Jackson’s fedora to a pair of shackles discovered aboard a sunken slave ship. Gwen Ifill tours the exhibitions and speaks with the people responsible.

Recent Appearances

Gwen Ifill talks politics and media at Colorado College

September 8, 2016
Ahead of a special taping of Washington Week at Colorado College, moderator and managing editor Gwen Ifill spoke to political science students about the 2016 election, objectivity in journalism and the future of the news industry.

The Aspen Institute on Inequality and Opportunity

November 23, 2015
Gwen Ifill moderates "Inequality: Causes and Consequences" at The Aspen Institute's Summit on Inequality and Opportunity.

2nd Annual Ethos and Profession of Intelligence Conference

November 3, 2015
Gwen Ifill moderated a panel discussion on "21st Century Challenges - Denied Areas, Digital Domains and Determined Adversaries" at the 2nd Annual Ethos and Profession of Intelligence Conference, co-hosted by the Central Intelligence Agency and the George Washington University.

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