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Washington Rhetoric: The Decoder

Gwen's Take

Emotion. Fear. Guilt. Racism. These drivers, according to former Republican Senator Alan Simpson, are the four horsemen of a rhetorical apocalypse that stops things from getting done in Washington. “Those are the four things I find in my time here either passed or killed a bill,” Simpson said.

PBS NewsHour: Civil Rights Luminary Dorothy Height Dies at 98

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April 20, 2010

Gwen Ifill remembers civil rights activist Dr. Dorothy Height, who was a leader in both the African-American and women's rights movements. She died Tuesday at age 98.

Remembering Dorothy Height

Gwen's Take

I was always thoroughly intimidated in Dorothy Height's presence.

It's not because she was regal or holier-than-thou. It's that she was neither of those things. And somehow, she should have been. Could easily have been.

PBS NewsHour: Gwen Interviews Dr. Dorothy Height (2003)

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 July 17, 2003

Gwen Ifill talks with Dorothy Height, a legend of the civil rights movement and former head of the National Council of Negro Women, about her memoir, Open Wide the Freedom Gates.




Debating the Debate

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I got a lot of mail this week, almost all of it online, and much of it angry. The reason? I tried to tell both sides of a story.

The occasion was our PBS NewsHour “Spotlight Series” in Tampa, Florida. Periodically, we try to break out of the Beltway to make the connection between the stories we cover here in Washington and the effect they have on peoples’ lives.

Gwen reviews "The Bridge: The Life & Rise of Barack Obama"

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When The Washington Post asked me to review David Remnick’s new book “The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama,” I quickly said yes.

As someone who spends my days trying to peer inside, through and around national and global events, I possess a bottomless well of curiosity about people who aspire to lead.

You will see in the review that follows that I admired Remnick’s final product, all 600+ pages of it. This is in part because I spent so much time (and sweat and tears) trying to write a far more narrowly focused book of my own in 2008.

PBS NewsHour: Hope Dims for Missing West Virginia Miners After Large Blast

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April 6, 2010

The search for four missing miners was halted because of dangerous conditions underground Tuesday, following a massive explosion that claimed 25 lives in West Virginia. Gwen Ifill reports on the rescue effort in the deadliest U.S. mining disaster in 26 years.

PBS NewsHour: Taliban Claim Responsibility in Deadly Attack

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April 5, 2010

The Taliban claimed credit for an attack on the U.S. consulate in Pakistan that killed at least four Pakistanis following a suicide bombing that left dozens dead at a nearby rally. Gwen Ifill reports.

Translating History

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I have a little hobby as a journalist. I love to listen to how people use words. That sounds simpler than it is. It requires the listener to be skeptical rather than cynical, yet to cheerfully expose the meaning behind the meaning.

While I was deciding what to write here this week, a perfect example practically reached out and grabbed me by the throat. And I was sitting at the desk in the NewsHour studio at the time.

PBS NewsHour: Bush, Clinton Visit Haiti to Attract Aid for Recovery

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March 23, 2010

Former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton are visiting Haiti as part of their efforts to lead U.S. fundraising to help rebuild the earthquake ravaged country. Gwen Ifill talks to a reporter in Haiti about those rebuilding efforts, two months after the disaster.