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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, but other topics, too: among them, race, music and advice for young journalists.
In a 2009 interview with Julian Bond for the University of Virginia’s Explorations in Black Leadership series, Gwen discussed how she approached moderating two vice-presidential debates and covering Boston school desegregation in the 1970s:
You can read the full transcript of the interview here.
At Morehouse College, an all-male, historically black college in Atlanta, Gwen delivered the commencement address in 2011:
Gwen enjoyed talking to young people and encouraging young journalists. In September, she shared her love of politics and journalism with students at Colorado College:
Gwen on Queen Latifah’s portrayal of her on Saturday Night Live after the second vice-presidential debate: “It was a hoot!”
In a speech accepting the 2008 Peabody Award for “Washington Week,” Gwen said, “How we do it is with more light than heat”:
Gwen took to Facebook earlier this year to mark the 50th anniversary of “Washington Week.” She fielded questions about the 2016 presidential race, her book and why few people saw Donald Trump’s candidacy coming. (It’s worth cranking up the audio):
And finally, she spoke about her influences with her friend and fellow journalist Michele Norris, for a 2015 episode of the PBS series “The History Makers”:
Larisa Epatko produced multimedia web features and broadcast reports with a focus on foreign affairs for the PBS NewsHour. She has reported in places such as Jordan, Pakistan, Iraq, Haiti, Sudan, Western Sahara, Guantanamo Bay, China, Vietnam, South Korea, Turkey, Germany and Ireland.
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