When Verna started watching Washington Week as a teenager in 1967, her mother made her "sit there and watch." Well, 50 years later, the tradition stuck. Verna says she grew to love the show, especially in the last 10 years. Thanks for watching!
Today is Washington Week’s 50th anniversary! Thank you to everyone who has watched the show for so many years. One couple we met in Colorado has been watching since the early days and have passed the tradition on to their daughter! Thank you for 50 great years!
For the past half century, Washington Week has presented a civil conversation about the most important stories of the week. Viewers like Bob, who came to our town hall in Cleveland, appreciate the "unbiased, in-depth information" he gets from watching the show. "It fills in a lot of the blanks," Bob said. "We watch it religiously."
We at the PBS NewsHour and Washington Week lost our dear colleague, Gwen Ifill, to cancer on Monday. During her life, she often was called upon to discuss journalism, barriers and how to burst through them, and sometimes just react to something fun.
Gwen Ifill was moderator and managing editor of "Washington Week" and co-anchor and managing editor of the "PBS NewsHour." The best-selling author of "The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama," Gwen covered seven presidential campaigns and moderated two vice presidential debates.