Longtime PBS anchor Gwen Ifill dies at age 61

- Long time journalist, Gwen Ifill died Monday at the age of 61. Ifill is best known for her roles as moderator and managing editor of “Washington Week” and co-anchor and managing editor of the “PBS NewsHour.”

PBS confirms Ifill passed away following several months of cancer treatment.

Paula Kerger, President and CEO of PBS released this statement,

"It is with extreme sadness that we share the news that Gwen Ifill passed away earlier today surrounded by family and friends. Gwen was one of America’s leading lights in journalism and a fundamental reason public media is considered a trusted window on the world by audiences across the nation. Her contributions to thoughtful reporting and civic discourse simply cannot be overstated.  She often said that her job was to bring light rather than heat to issues of importance to our society. Gwen did this with grace and a steadfast commitment to excellence. Our sorrow at her passing is a part of our profound gratitude for all that she did for our system and our nation. It was an honor to know Gwen and to work with her. All of us at PBS express our sincere condolences to Gwen’s friends and family."

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