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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 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

How Donald Trump rose from real estate scion to TV ‘boss’

July 19, 2016
Just as Donald Trump was finishing business school, he set his sights on showbiz, investing in a Broadway production. But when that failed, he retreated to the family business of real estate, where he found success (as well as bankruptcy), climbed New York’s social ladder and courted controversy. Gwen Ifill explores the career path that led Trump to pursue the Oval Office.
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

All about Donald Trump’s early years, from troubled teen to military academy and business school

July 18, 2016
Gwen Ifill launches the NewsHour”s series on Donald Trump’s life and times, from a decision to shun alcohol, to military academy and eventually business school. Trump’s developer dad Fred was his biggest influence, and his work with his dad laid the groundwork for his executive career.
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

Trump’s GOP opponents get nowhere fast at convention

July 18, 2016
On the opening day of the Republican National Convention, Trump forces beat back efforts to knock the candidate from the nomination, confirming this is the party of Trump. Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff talk to syndicated columnist Mark Shields, New York Times columnist David Brooks and Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report.

Recent Appearances

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.

New Orleans: Ten Years Later

August 25, 2015
To mark the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, The Atlantic hosted an event recognizing the city’s resilience while evaluating the challenges it and other communities across the country continue to face.

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