About Gwen @gwenifill
Gwen Ifill was the moderator and managing editor of "Washington Week" and co-anchor and managing editor for "The PBS NEWSHOUR w/ Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff."
The best-selling author of "The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama," (Doubleday, 2009), she also moderated the Vice Presidential debates during the Presidential elections in 2004 and 2008.
Gwen covered eight Presidential campaigns, and during the 2008 campaign season, won the George Foster Peabody Award after bringing Washington Week to live audiences around the country as part of a 10-city tour.
Now in its 49th year, Washington Week is the longest-running prime-time news and public affairs program on television. Each week, Gwen brought together some of the best journalists in Washington to discuss the major stories of the week with the reporters who actually cover the news that emanates from the nation's capital and affects the nation and the world.
Gwen joined both Washington Week and PBS NewsHour in 1999, interviewing newsmakers and reporting on issues ranging from foreign affairs to politics. Before coming to PBS, she 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.
"I always knew I wanted to be a journalist, and my first love was newspapers," Ifill said. "But public broadcasting provides the best of both worlds-combining the depth of newspapering with the immediate impact of broadcast television."
A native of New York City and a graduate of Simmons College in Boston, Ifill received more than 25 honorary doctorates. In 2015 she was awarded with the National Press Club's highest honor, the Fourth Estate Award. She has also been honored for her work by the Radio and Television News Directors Association, Harvard's Joan Shorenstein Center, The National Association of Black Journalists, Ohio University, and was included in Ebony Magazine's list of 150 Most Influential African Americans.
She also served on the board of the News Literacy Project, on the advisory board of the Committee to Protect Journalists and was a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Gwen’s Recent Stories
Health Mar 26Gwen’s Take: Translating the History of Health Reform
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…
Nation Mar 23Remembering Ella Mae Cheeks Johnson
Regular NewsHour viewers know that, from time to time, the broadcast likes to note the passing of notable people -- from famous entertainers to men and women of letters to consequential world leaders. We introduced you to one of…
Health Mar 19Gwen’s Take: Health Care Deadlines, Schmedlines…
"If you don't set deadlines in this town, things don't happen.The default position is inertia."- President Barack Obama July 22, 2009We enter another weekend with yet another health care deadline hanging low on Washington's horizon. It will…
Politics Mar 12Gwen’s Take: Washington Press Corps Being Distracted by ‘Squirrels!’
I loved the movie "Up." I would have given it my Oscar party vote for Best Picture if I hadn't seen (and loved) "The Hurt Locker." But the part of "Up" that makes me laugh out loud every…
Politics Dec 31Year in Review: A Remarkable Inaugural Moment
As the new year approaches, the Rundown asked NewsHour correspondents to reflect on memorable reporting moments from 2009. Thinking back over a year of covering auto and bank bailouts, financial scams, uprisings and wars, and political fits and starts, I…
Politics Dec 03Gwen Ifill: Politics and the Big Picture
Blogs can be fun because they offer the opportunity to climb into someone's head for a few minutes, and, in the case of this blog, The Rundown, you can travel behind the scenes as the NewsHour comes together each weeknight.